Actor Sean Penn today broke his silence over his controversial interview with ‘El Chapo’ and revealed how he regrets meeting the notorious Mexican drug lord.
Penn’s interview with Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman appeared last week on the website of Rolling Stone magazine.
The controversial article came after the 55-year-old actor met the drug baron at an undisclosed hideout in Mexico in late 2015, several months before Guzman was finally recaptured on January 8 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, after six months on the run.
Now in an interview with Charlie Rose for this Sunday’s “60 Minutes,” Penn expressed his regret that the article had failed to cause a shift in the war on drugs.
Penn said: ‘I have a terrible regret.
‘I have a regret that the entire discussion about this article ignores its purpose, which was to contribute to this conversation on the war on drugs.
“Let’s go to the big picture of what we all want. We all want this drug problem to stop. We all want them — the killings in Chicago to stop,”
Penn added. “We are the consumer. Whether you agree with Sean Penn or not, there is a complicity there. And if you are in the moral right, or on the far left, just as many of your children are doing these drugs … And how much time have they spent in the last week since this article come [sic] out, talking about that? One percent? I think that’d be generous.”
‘My article has failed,’ he added, explaining that it lacked discussion about drug cartels and abuse.
Asked if he is fearful for his life, Penn responded: “No.”
Mexican officials have said security forces located the whereabouts of the world’s most-wanted trafficker thanks to the secret interview with the actor.
But Penn denied this when Rose asked if he thought his visit had anything to do with El Chapo’s capture.
‘There is this myth about the visit that we made, my colleagues and I with El Chapo, that it was — as the Attorney General of Mexico is quoted — “essential” to his capture,’ Penn said.
‘We had met with him many weeks earlier…on October 2nd, in a place nowhere near where he was captured.’