Ambassador Sean Penn Meets With Chavez – Will Pass Message to Obama
It’s come to this.
This photo released by the Venezuelan Presidency show Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) during a meeting with US actor Sean Penn (R), at the presidential palace in Caracas, on October 28. Penn may film a movie in Venezuela, according to Chavez. (AFP/PRESIDENCIA)
After courting the Marxist Castro brothers in Cuba Sean Penn met with Marxist and leftist hero Hugo Chavez in Venezuela today.
He will pass a message from Chavez to Obama when he returns to the US.
President Hugo Chavez said he met privately with actor Sean Penn on Wednesday, and that the Oscar-winning celebrity may film a movie in Venezuela .
Penn may shoot a film based on a novel by Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier, which is set largely in the jungle along Venezuela ‘s southern Orinoco river, Chavez said. He appeared to be referring to Carpentier’s 1953 novel, “The Lost Steps,” about an American anthropologist and composer’s journey into the jungle region.
Penn’s publicist could not immediately be reached for comment.
Chavez added that he discussed politics with Penn, who said he would soon see U.S. President Barack Obama. Chavez said he’d asked Penn to tell Obama he should take action to earn his Nobel Peace Prize , and should scrap a plan for the U.S. military to increase its presence at bases in Colombia.
“They gave him the Nobel Prize, very well, now he should earn it,” the socialist leader said, paraphrasing an open letter by documentary filmmaker Michael Moore to the U.S. president.
Chavez also applauded Moore’s work, and dismissed comments the director made during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel on ABC earlier this month. Moore said he’d drunk tequila with Chavez at the Venice Film Festival and offered the Venezuelan president suggestions for an upcoming speech at the United Nations .