According to the Associated Press, Actor/Writer/Anti-War Activist Sean Penn is hanging out with Venezuela's Socialist Dictator Hugo Chavez this week in Caracas. In fact, Chavez heaped praise on Penn for his opposition to the war in Iraq saying, "He's one the greatest opponents of the Iraq invasion."

And considering Hugo's memorable performance at the United Nations last year when he suggested President Bush had passed gas at the podium before him ("Sulfur!"), Penn also got a compliment on his own acting abilities, saying "He's made great films."

Perhaps this is a new Hollywood "Cause Celeb" considering actors Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte have already come to the dictator's side?

Either way, it's just sad to see the guy that I loved growing up in movies like "Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Surfer Jeff Spicoli)" doing something so naïve and stupid. Supporting outspoken critics of our nation's government would be considered somewhat treasonous if it weren't for the fact that no one takes Hollywood Elites seriously... unless you're Angelina Jolie.

Maybe there'll be a remake of Fast Times with the signature Penn line: "All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz... and a Latin American Nutjob named Hugo, and I'm fine!"