Mumbai: As Russian forces continue to shell Ukrainian cities, Hollywood actor Benedict Cumberbatch urged people across the world to do more than just “thoughts and prayers” to support the war-torn nation.
The Sherlock actor, who was at the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, said it’s time to “act”. He urged people to go to embassy websites and see what can be done to help the citizens of Ukrainian region following the Russian invasion.
“It’s more now for all of us to do than just have thoughts and prayers. We need to act. We need to go onto embassy websites. We need to see what we can do as citizens of the world, citizens of Europe and people who want a better place and a better outcome for this horrendous moment – for these people with children, with families who are struggling to survive as rockets rain down on their cities,” said Cumberbatch.
He also said that it’s difficult for him to speak at the Wall of Fame without mentioning his support for Ukraine. “I can’t speak today at this amazing moment in my life on this extraordinary platform without acknowledging the obvious of what’s happening in Ukraine and to show my support for the people of Ukraine, my support for the people of Russia who are opposing the kleptocracy and the idiocy of that route to try and halt the progression of this atrocity,” said the Doctor Strange actor.
Several Hollywood actors have come out in support of Ukraine and also for Russians, who oppose the war.
At the recently-held Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, Hollywood showed support for Ukraine and voiced support for its president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Veteran Hollywood actor Michael Douglas was nominated for best comedy actor for his Netflix show The Kominsky Method. At the red carpet in Santa Monica, Calif, he was seen wearing a yellow-and-blue pocket square, representing the colors of the Ukrainian flag.
Lady Gaga, who was nominated for best leading actress for House of Gucci, said, “There is so much going around in the world. My heart really goes out to Ukraine.”
Succession star Brian Cox lauded those Russians who are opposing the invasion of Putin on Ukraine. “The thing that’s really distressed me is what’s happening in Russia … to my fellow actors and actresses and performers and writers and critics. They are told, under pain of high treason, that they cannot say a word about Ukraine and I think that is pretty awful. I think we should all stand together and also for the people in Russia who don’t like what’s going on. We should really join and celebrate them and hope that they can actually make a shift. As I believe they can,” Cox said.
Meanwhile, two-time Oscar-winning Hollywood actor Sean Penn was in Kyiv to shoot a documentary about Russia’s invasion. In fact, a video was posted on the official Instagram account of the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy where the Milk actor is seen interacting with him.
But on Monday, Penn posted a photo on Twitter where he is seen walking with his luggage. The Hollywood actor joined thousands of Ukrainians who fled to Poland post Russia’s declaration of war on the country.
“Myself & two colleagues walked miles to the Polish border after abandoning our car on the side of the road,” Penn said in a caption tweeted with the picture. “Almost all the cars in this photo carry women & children only, most without any sign of luggage, and a car their only possession of value,” Penn wrote on Twitter. He, however, didn’t mention why he was forced to flee Ukraine and reach the Polish border on foot.
Hulk Mark Ruffalo also tweeted for Ukraine. “Sending love and good prayers to all innocent people of Ukraine and Russia and Europe who are caught up in this sad and corrosive moment of asymmetrical violence and destruction, especially the young people. You have done nothing to deserve this perversion and obscene spectacle.”
Jared Leto said his “heart breaks that this has escalated in such a devastating way.” The Oscar-winning actor, who will be seen as an anti-hero in the new Marvel film Morbius, is hopeful that peace will prevail soon and “non-violent solutions will ultimately be found.”