Sean Penn to Interview Fidel Castro in Cuban Visit

October 26, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Actor Sean Penn, known for his political activism, is bound for Cuba to meet with revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro for Vanity Fair magazine. According to TMZ, Penn’s interview with Castro will focus on the changes in relations between the Communist country and the U.S., since Barack Obama took office.

Penn is travelling with London-based philanthropist Diana Jenkins, who had a hand in setting up a possible meeting with the reticent ailing leader. Penn’s representative also told TMZ a meeting with Castro was planned.

President Obama has taken steps in recent months to ease relations with the isolated Communist country, by relaxing rules on visits to the country and allowing family in the U.S. to send money transfers to the island.

However, Obama is keeping the U.S. economic embargo in place, until sufficient progress is shown by the country on human rights.

But small changes are in the works to make it easier for U.S. citizens to visit family members living in Cuba. Mail service between the two countries, which has been banned since 1963, may soon resume.

Penn was an outspoken critic of the Bush administration, calling for his impeachment. In August 2007, Penn met with Venezuelan strongman, Hugo Chávez, after which Chávez praised him for supporting the impeachment of President Bush.

Sean Penn won an academy award for best actor last year, for his portrayal of gay-rights politician Harvey Milk in the film, Milk.

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