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Sean Penn is known as an outspoken liberal humanitarian -- but to his former Colors costar Maria Conchita Alonso, he's something else entirely. The Cuban-born, Venezuelan-raised actress has serious issues with Penn's politics and told him so in a public feud at the Los Angeles airport Sunday, Dec. 18.
But first some background on the way Alonso, best known for her '80s roles in movies such as The Running Man and Predator 2, feels about the Oscar-winning Milk actor: In 2010, Alonso, 54, wrote an open letter criticizing Penn for his support of socialist Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
Penn, 51, who met privately with Chavez in in 2007, had praised the president for his help in Haiti during an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher. Those comments upset Alonso, a staunch anti-Communist who considers Chavez a dictator.
On Sunday, the two actors crossed paths at LAX, where they got into a shouting match.
Alonso discussed the brawl in a radio interview to WMAL: "I said, 'You are a communist, Sean Penn.' He said, 'You are a pig!' So I said, 'And you are a communist a**hole! Is it great to live the way you do as a communist?"
Despite their fundamental political differences, Alonso admitted that she wanted to apologize "for calling Sean Penn an a**hole. He is an intelligent man."
"But if someone calls me a pig, I am not going to turn the other cheek," she added. "But I don't regret calling him a communist."