Sean Penn went nuclear on Will Smith and the Oscars, wondering why he went to jail for assault while Smith got nothing but applause after assaulting Chris Rock.
Penn is still hot under the collar that Volodymyr Zelensky was not allowed to appear at the 2022 Oscars ceremony.
Penn angrily told Variety … “The Oscars producer thought, ‘Oh, he’s [Zelensky’s] not light-hearted enough.’ Well, guess what you got instead? Will Smith!. I don’t know Will Smith. I met him once. He seemed very nice when I met him. He was so f***ing good in ‘King Richard.”
And then, Sean delivered the punch … “So why the f*** did you just spit on yourself and everybody else with this stupid f***ing thing? Why did I go to f***ing jail for what you just did? And you’re still sitting there? Why are you guys standing and applauding his worst moment as a person?”
Penn is referring to his 1987 conviction for attacking an extra on the set of “Colors,” for which he served 33 days in jail.
Sean thinks had Zelensky appeared at the Oscars, the tone would have been different and Smith wouldn’t have dared to cross the line …“This f***ing bulls*** wouldn’t have happened with Zelensky. Will Smith would never have left that chair to be part of stupid violence. It never would have happened.”
Sean was so distraught, he wanted to destroy his Oscars, saying “I thought, well, f*** it, you know? I’ll give them to Ukraine. They can be melted down to bullets they can shoot at the Russians.”
Penn ended up presenting Zelensky with his own Oscars while on a visit in November 2022. In turn, Penn was presented with the Order of Merit by Zelensky.
The actor, who has been a fierce supporter of Ukraine, has a documentary on the war called “Superpower.” It’s being released Monday on Paramount+.