Penn Hangs Again With Pal Chavez

Actor and anti-American leader tour natural gas pipeline
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2008 11:22 AM CDT
In this picture released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, right, talks to actor Sean Penn in Cumana, Venezuela, Oct. 19, 2008.    (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office)
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(Newser) – Sean Penn is again in Venezuela visiting President Hugo Chavez, the New York Post reports. The two met last year, and the actor calls Chavez—who tends to be critical of the US, to put it mildly—"a fascinating guy," while the prez and equally ardent Bush-hater has praised Penn's anti-war stance. This trip, the pair reportedly visited a natural gas pipeline.