Political tempers flared between two celebrities when half-Cuban actress Maria Conchita Alonso and Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn exchanged heated insults at Los Angeles Airport, the actress told radio station WMAL on Tuesday.
Alonso, a sometime-Miami resident whose parents have both seen their countries — Cuba and Venezuela — fall under leftist leaders Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, called Penn, a “communist” after he called her “a pig.”
The former beauty queen who first became famous for her 1984 role in Moscow on the Hudson told the L.A. radio personalities the incident happened Sunday in front of her wheelchair-bound mother and dozens of passengers and airport staff. The two actors, who co-starred in Colors in 1988 met accidently at LAX white waiting for information on Penn's and Alonso's mother's lost luggage.
"I go 'Hello,' and he smiles and says, 'Oh, you lost your bag too?" Alonso told Steve Malzberg on WMAL. "And I'm like, 'No, my mother (lost her bag).' And at that moment he recognizes me because he didn't recognize me before, and he goes, 'Oh, it's you.'"
Alonso says she told Penn, who has called Chavez a friend, she wanted to speak with him about the Venezuelan leader and Penn blew up at her. “He goes,” she said: “I don't want to talk to you. You speak badly about me. You insult me on TV," Alonso told the station.