Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90. Through the years, a long list of Hollywood elites have been bewitched by Castro, despite his Communist regime’s imprisonment of political opponents, homosexuals, and journalists.
Actors like Jack Nicholson and Danny Glover, and Hollywood directors from Steven Spielberg to Oliver Stone, have accepted invitations to the tiny Caribbean island and have showered Castro with praise.
Below is a list of some of the entertainers who have rubbed shoulders with the deceased dictator:
Oliver Stone directed the 2003 documentary Commandante. The 93-minute HBO-produced film was the result of three days of interviews between Castro and Stone. The overwhelmingly flattering film faced fierce backlash from Cuban-Americans, who successfully forced HBO to pull its U.S. screening.
Stone has described Castro as a “very selfless” and “moral” man who will be remembered as “one of the world’s wisest men.”
In 2008, actor Sean Penn flew to Cuba to interview Castro. In what was a seven-hour conversation with Castro, Penn described the hardliner as having the “agility of a young man” who “exercises every day, his eyes are bright and his voice is strong.”
Penn flew to Cuba once more in October 2009 to interview Castro.
The Academy Award-winning director attended the Cuban film institute’s annual festival in November 2002. Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall blasted Spielberg in an interview with 60 Minutes.
“Spielberg went down there recently and said, ‘The best seven hours I ever spent was actually with Fidel Castro,’” Duval said. “Now, what I want to ask him [is],” Duval said of Spielberg, “‘Would you consider building a little annex on the Holocaust museum, or at least across the street, to honor the dead Cubans that Castro killed?’ That’s very presumptuous of him to go there.”
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