By COLIN MEYN
On Feb. 24, 2022, the day Russia invaded Ukraine, Sean Penn had a meeting scheduled in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for a film he was making on the comedian-turned-politician.
Even while presiding over his country’s defenses in the largest land war in Europe since World War II, Zelensky kept the meeting with the American actor and his crew — though he made them wait a few hours.
It’s a seminal scene in Penn’s new documentary, “Superpower,” streaming this week on Paramount+. It speaks to both Penn’s knack for inserting himself into global crises and Zelensky’s canny approach to the public relations battle within the war.