Over two months after Joaquín Loera Guzmán had escaped from a maximum-security prison for the second time, Hollywood actor Sean Penn got in touch with him through Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, to conduct an interview for Rolling Stone Magazine. Penn made a detailed narration of the events, for which he allegedly had to go through the most technologically complicated security measures. Even though the magazine’s article begins by saying names have been changed and locations unnamed, the interview includes a video dedicated exclusively to Ms. Kate del Castillo and Sean Penn, as stated by the drug lord.
Although shocking, it was not that surprising that the Mexican actress had kept in touch with Guzmán, after having written him an ode letter on social media in January, 2012. “Today I believe more in 'El Chapo' Guzmán than in the Governments that hide painful truths: Those who hide the cure for AIDS and cancer for their own benefit and to become richer,” read the first part. "Mr. Chapo, wouldn't it be cool that you started trafficking with love? With cures for diseases, with food for the homeless children, with alcohol for the retirement homes that don't let the elderly spend the rest of the days doing whatever the fuck they want,” the letter continued. And Penn defended the actress’s views, “Her views, unlike those folkloric lionizations, are rather a continuity of her history of brave expression and optimistic dreams for her homeland.”
Seemingly, things did not stay there between them, as apparently, the drug lord was contacted thanks to her, and he dedicated the interview (at least in the video) to her. In addition, the video also reads, “All Rights Reserved. Kate del Castillo Productions. Coypright 2016.” It is unclear if Guzmán contacted her before, as Mexican authority reports indicate he was interested in making a movie of his life.
In addition, the drug lord seemed to be holding nothing back during his (reportedly) seven-hour conversation with 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,” said Guzmán.
Penn did take time to explain his decision and respect for the authorities that are after El Chapo, inducing the Mexican and U.S. government, the DEA, amongst others. “I take no pride in keeping secrets that may be perceived as protecting criminals, nor do I have any gloating arrogance at posing for selfies with unknowing security men,” said the actor. “The trust that El Chapo had extended to us was not to be fucked with.”