Sean Penn Interviewed Fugitive Drug Lord El Chapo Before His Recapture

The secret interview was conducted three months after Joaquin Guzman escaped from prison.

As Mexican drug lord and prison escapeeEl Chapo was finally nabbed by the police to be sent to the United States, Americans are far more concerned about another matter of national security: Sean Penn.

We all just learned that Penn, notorious for pushing the envelope as an actor and activist, hit a new level of "whaaaat?" by interviewing  Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, Mexico's top drug kingpin in secret after he escaped from prison months ago.

Penn talked to El Chapo last year for Rolling Stone, in a piece titled "El Chapo Speaks."

Twitter has obviously found this revelation of Penn’s journalistic credentials hard to digest.


Twitter users might be right to worry. Penn starts off the piece with his own complaints about technology.

“At 55 years old, I've never learned to use a laptop," Penn writes. "Do they still make laptops? No f---ing idea!”

When he was not being a regular old man, Penn poetically talked about the special connection he shared with the drug lord: “We whisper to each other in code.”

The piece is riddled with literary gems, attesting to the absence of an editor, or at least one who dared to change much. Penn and El Chapo, during their stolen meeting at a hotel, were aware of the "paradox" that the Mexican president was staying in the same hotel.

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It is also during this interview that El Chapo boasted he was the world’s largest drug seller, shopping and shipping more than half of the cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana that came into the United States.

The drug lord was tracked when he established contact with filmmakers who wished to make a biopic on the kingpin.

"Another important aspect that allowed us to pinpoint his location was having discovered Guzman Loera's intention to film a biographical movie through establishing communication with actors and producers, which formed a new line of investigation," Attorney General Gomez said.

The seven-hour meeting for the Rolling Stone interview was apparently arranged by Mexican actress Kate del Castillo. A picture of Guzman in the magazine, shaking hands with Penn, is dated Oct. 2.

Needless to say, if it weren't for the drug lord's big dreams of appearing on the silver screen, he would probably not have been caught.

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