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Sean Penn breaks his silence as he speaks to Charlie Rose about the El Chapo escapade

January 15, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Sean Penn breaks his silence as he speaks to Charlie Rose about the El Chapo escapade

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Sean Penn gave an emotional interview on CBS Friday morning, where he told moderator Charlie Rose that his much-maligned meeting with the infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo ” Guzman failed in its purpose.

The award-winning actor claimed he interviewed the ruthless cartel boss for Rolling Stone because he intended to spur further debate on drug policy reform and maintained that he’s been an army of one in the war on drugs.

“My article has failed, we all want this problem with drugs to stop,” Penn said. “If you are in the moral right or the far left, just as many of your children are doing these drugs,” he added.

The 55-year-old “Carlito’s Way” star hit back at widespead criticism of Rolling Stone for sending an actor — instead of a professional journalist for the asssignment. “I want to see a license that says they’re journalists, a writer doesn’t need a certification to be a journalist,” said Penn said.

He also disputed claims that the meeting helped lead authorities to Guzman’s hideout, saying the capture of the drug baron took place months after their secret 7-hour meeting in a location that was miles away from where he interviewed “Chapo.”

Mexican authorities recaptured the Sinaloa cartel leader in a predawn raid in the town of Los Mochis last Friday, six months after he made his famous prison escape.

Rose asked the movie star if he felt people were blaming him, which Penn responded “yes I feel blamed.”

Penn is the first person ever to interview Joaquin Guzman after Mexican actress Kate del Castillo arranged the 7-hour meeting at a remote hideout in the mountains of Durango. Both actors sat down with Guzman for dinner, where they drank tequila, feasted on tacos and enchiladas while discussing Guzman’s Sinaloa organization, his family, the escape from prison, the drug trafficking business, and why he chose the life and even mentioned the topic of Donald Trump.

Penn’s Rolling Stone piece, which was published the day after El Chapo’s arrest, has also face widespread criticism because he made Guzman come off as someone who is misunderstood and suggested that the users consuming the drugs in U.S. and worldwide were the real villains.

Penn wrote, “Are we, the American public, not indeed complicit in what we demonize? We are the consumers, and as such, we are complicit in every murder.” Despite the fact that the drug lord boasted to Penn, “I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world. I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.”

Guzman, who is believed to be responsible for 30 thousand deaths, went on to say he’s not a violent man, “Look, all I do is defend myself, nothing more, But do I start trouble? Never.”

When the drug lord agreed to do the interview, he admitted to not knowing who Penn was and was much more interested in del Castillo. The sexy starlet struck up a friendship with Guzman when she tweeted her support after his July prison escape .

The Mexican government has initiated extradition proceedings against Guzman, who faces indictments in several U.S. cities. Mexican officials say the process could take a year before he sees the inside of a U.S. courtroom.

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