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Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo disagree over “El Chapo” Netflix docuseries

October 7, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo disagree over “El Chapo” Netflix docuseries

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The scheduled the international release of the heavily anticipated Netflix three-part docuseries “The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story” for October 20th, may have hit a bum on the road, with star Kate Del Castillo and Sean Penn at odds over the show’s portrayal.

The series outlines the infamous meeting the telenovela star arranged in 2015 between Hollywood Sean Penn and Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin Guzman, aka El Chapo, who is now behind bars in the United States.

However, after seeing the three-part series, Sean Penn was not too pleased.

“Penn just saw it and hopes to have the opportunity to participate; there are inaccuracies and presumptions presented in Kate’s story,” Penn’s spokesperson said in a statement to Variety. It’s not clear if the release of the docuseries will be postponed as a result of Penn’s concerns.

According to Variety, there remain opposing viewpoints over whether producers asked Penn to participate in the series.

David Broome, the creator and executive producer for 25/7 Productions, said in a previous interview that he reached out to Penn multiple times but never received a response.

Kate del Castillo arranged the meeting with “El Chapo” (center) and actor Sean Penn in the mountains of Durango in 2015

Co-produced with Kate del Castillo Productions, the series details the circumstances that led to Del Castillo and Penn’s infamous meeting with the fugitive, using never-before-seen video and interviews with del Castillo’s family members and El Chapo’s attorney, who was essential in setting up the encounter.

Sean Penn also outlined his visit in the heavily criticized piece in Rolling Stone magazine in 2016, which included an exclusive with Guzman, who has created a Robin Hood persona in his country.

Not long after Penn and del Castillo’s visit, Mexican officials apprehended El Chapo.

Mexico’s attorney general alleged that the actors’ visit assisted them in finding the man whose two escapes — the second through an extraordinarily engineered tunnel — from local maximum-security prisons had deeply embarrassed the government of Mexico.

Not long after Penn and del Castillo’s visit, Mexican officials apprehended El Chapo. Mexico’s attorney general alleged that the actors’ visit assisted them in finding the man whose two escapes — the second through an extraordinarily engineered tunnel — from local maximum-security prisons had deeply embarrassed the government of Mexico.

Sean Penn poses with del Castillo during their meeting on Oct. 3, 2015.

Mexico’s attorney general alleged that the actors’ visit assisted them in finding the man whose two escapes — the second through an extraordinarily engineered tunnel — from local maximum-security prisons had deeply embarrassed the government of Mexico.

For the actress, the show “will dive into how it began, why I pursued accepting the rights to the story of one of the most controversial Narco figures and what happened after.”

Del Castillo told Variety she took Penn and two producers to El Chapo to help her film project.

She contends that she was not aware that Penn had plans to interview El Chapo until he showed the cartel head a letter from Rolling Stone’s editor permitting the interview.

Penn is opposing this timeline of events.

“He and his producer friends had planned this and kept me out of the loop; I didn’t like it,” she stated. “They had no intention of making the movie.”

Broome added that the “Day I Met El Chapo” was an opportunity to probe into the “craziest life imitating art saga” he’d ever heard.

“The series is in three parts: the first episode details what took place before the meeting, that is, the build-up, while the second episode deals with the meeting with El Chapo and the third centers on the fall-out,” he added.

The series aims to put the meeting in context against the backdrop of Mexican culture and media and the operations of the drugs cartels.

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