Penn praised by Chavez during visit to Venezuela03/08/2007 - 09:42:03
Oscar winner Sean Penn's anti-war stance has been praised by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez during the actor's visit to the South American country.
Penn is on a fact-finding tour of the nation, visiting poverty-stricken areas of the capital Caracas, and he spoke with Chavez on the phone.
The president publicised the visit by making a televised speech to the nation.
He said: "Welcome to Venezuela, Mr Penn. What drives him is consciousness, the search for new paths. He's one of the greatest opponents of the Iraq invasion."
He also read a letter Penn wrote to US President George W Bush, condemning the war and calling for him to be impeached.
Chavez also confessed to being a fan of Penn's work, and said: "he's made great films", and revealing he recently watched Mystic River, the 2003 film that won Penn his Academy Award.
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