Sean Penn 'Loves' Chavez, Wishes Him 'Great Strength' Sean Penn at a candlelight vigil for Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in Bolivia: "He is one of the most important forces we've had on this planet. And I will wish him nothing but that great strength he has over and over again. I do it in love, and I do in gratitude. So I just want to say that from my very American point of view, of my friend President Chavez: It is only possible to be as inspiring as he is as a two way street. And he would say his inspiration is the people."