The two actors, who co-starred in the 2013 comedy-drama The Secret Life of Walter Mittyare now banned for life from Russian territory, according to the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
These sanctions also affect six members of the United States Senate, as well as academics and business leaders.
An activism that disturbs Moscow
A few months before the start of the war, Sean Penn was doing location scouting in Ukraine for a documentary on Russian-Ukrainian tensions that he intended to make. The double Oscar-winning actor had also met the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, on the eve of the February 24 invasion.
We met [Zelensky] while he wore a jacket and tie, and the next morning the Russians invaded [l’Ukraine]told Sean Penn in April, during a panel organized by Fox News.
And the next time I saw him, he was in camouflage and the world had changed.
Ben Stiller meanwhile met the Ukrainian president in kyiv on June 20, on the occasion of World Refugee Day. The actor and director, who is also a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, had expressed his admiration for Volodymyr Zelensky.
What you have done, the way you have mobilized the country, the world, it is truly an inspirationsaid Ben Stiller during a meeting between the two men captured by the cameras.
Other Hollywood personalities on the blacklist
Last May, the Kremlin announced a first wave of sanctions, this time targeting nearly 1,000 Americans, including President Joe Biden, his vice president, Kamala Harris, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Hollywood was not spared either, since two of its most influential personalities were blacklisted by the Russian Foreign Ministry: actor Morgan Freeman and director Rob Reiner.
The latter, author of many mainstream successes in the 1980s and 1990s – Spinal Tap, Princess Buttercup, men of honor — helped launch an organization exposing Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Established in 2017, The Committee to Investigate Russia is accused by the Kremlin of
spread russophobia. In question, in particular, a video produced by Rob Reiner featuring Morgan Freeman in the role of the President of the United States, who solemnly declares:
We came under attack. We are at war.
Reacting to the punishment he received, Rob Reiner made a characteristically sarcastic comment:
I am heartbroken and will have to live with this disappointment for the rest of my life.