American actor Kevin Spacey met privately Monday with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, one of Washington's most outspoken critics in Latin America.
Neither Spacey - who has won Academy Awards for roles in "The Usual Suspects" and "American Beauty" - nor Chavez spoke to the press after the nearly three-hour encounter in the presidential palace in Caracas. They shook hands warmly on the red carpet as Spacey left after a dinner with Chavez.
Hours earlier, the actor visited a US$13 million (â‚¬9.2 million) film studio founded last year by the government to support Venezuelan filmmaking. Details were not released about the rest of Spacey's itinerary.