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Director Sean Penn interviewed Drug lord El Chapo Guzman in secret that led to capture

January 10, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Director Sean Penn interviewed Drug lord El Chapo Guzman in secret that led to capture Sean Penn, left, and the drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera in a photo taken for interview authentication purposes. Credit Rolling Stone

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American actor Sean Penn writes in an article in Rolling Stone magazine that Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin Guzman Loera, better known as El Chapo, revealed an interest in having a biopic film portraying his life.

The meeting with Penn and Guzman took place in late 2015, before the recent capture of the drug boss by the Mexican Navy, at an undisclosed hideout, believed to be in the Mexican state of Durango. The interview appeared on Rolling Stone’s website along with a video late Saturday.

Penn wrote that Guzman wanted Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, who arranged the meeting, between Guzman and the actor.

“He was interested in seeing the story of his life told on film, but would entrust its telling only to Kate,” Penn wrote in the article.

In the rare interview, the fugitive drug lord appeared with 100 cartel gunmen, donning a silk shirt and black jeans.

Guzman said he started growing marijuana and poppies because there was no other way for his impoverished family to survive.

The drug lord was unapologetic in admitting, “I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world. I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.”

Although a trail of blood and death has come with his estimated $1 billion fortune, Guzman does not consider himself a violent man by nature, telling Penn, “Look, all I do is defend myself, nothing more, But do I start trouble? Never.”

Guzmán had dinner with Mr. Penn and Kate del Castillo, a Mexican actress who once played a drug kingpin in the soap opera “La Reina del Sur,” according to Rolling Stone.

Penn asked El Chapo if he is responsible for the high level of drug addiction in the world Guzman responds: “No, that is false, because the day I don’t exist, it’s not going to decrease in any way at all. Drug trafficking? That’s false.”

In the days after the meeting, Mexican troops attacked the hideout forcing Guzman to escape narrowly. However, Guzmán continued the interview by BlackBerry Messenger and used a courier to deliver a video to Penn and Castillo.

A Mexican law enforcement official says the recaptured drug lord secret interview with the actor helped authorities locate his whereabouts.

Guzman was apprehended early Friday after a shootout that killed five and injured one Marine.

Mexico Attorney General Arely Gomez said Friday that Guzman’s correspondence with the actors and producers for the planned biopic provided authorities a new lead that lead to the capture of the most notorious drug kingpin the world has ever seen since Pablo Escobar.

On Saturday, an official speaking on the condition of anonymity revealed it was the Penn’s interview that helped lead authorities to Guzman in a rural part of Durango state in October. However, they were forced to abort the operation after learning he was with two women and child.

The interview shed further light on his dramatic prison break last July, when he escaped a mile-long tunnel, engineers had determined took more than a year and, at least, $1 million to build.

Penn wrote that engineers flew to Germany for specialized training. A motorcycle on rails inside the tunnel had been modified to run deep underground in the low-oxygen environment.

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