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Sean Penn Admits a ‘Terrible Regret’ About the El Chapo Incident

Jan 15, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn, who will discuss the El Chapo controversy in a televised interview scheduled to air Sunday, admits he has one “terrible regret” about the whole affair, E! News reports. Penn talks about the incident in an interview with Charlie Rose set to air Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”

Rolling Stone magazine published Penn’s article about his meeting with El Chapo — Joaquin Guzman Loera — the day after the infamous drug lord was captured by Mexican authorities. Now Penn is standing by his decision to meet with the fugitive, but he is disappointed about the fallout.

“I have a regret that the entire discussion about this article ignores its purpose, which was to try to contribute to this discussion about the policy in the war on drugs,” Penn is quoted saying in the CBS interview. “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. … 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.”

People magazine notes that Penn also says in the Rose interview: “We are the consumer. Whether you agree with Sean Penn or not, there is a complicity there.” The People report adds: “Penn said he wanted the article, which followed a secret meeting with Guzman in October, to make people question how the U.S. prosecutes the war on drugs.”

Penn also reportedly says it’s a “myth” that his trek to meet with El Chapo in the Mexican jungle had anything to do with El Chapo’s capture three months later.

Says Penn: “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.’ We had met with him many weeks earlier … on October 2, in a place nowhere near where he was captured.”



  1. This is nonsense. If Penn knew where El Chapo was, he should have notified authorities. Only a celebrity would not be arrested and charged for not revealing where a fugitive is located – especially the Most Wanted Man in North America. It is also foolish to believe that talking to El Chapo will solve the drug issue in the world. This has been going on for thousands of years. The drugs change, but the business will always be profitable as long as demand is restricted by making these drugs illegal. To really solve the problem, there needs to be more efforts to legalize the drugs in an effective manner that will permit those who want them to have them in a manner where treatment is also available and take the profit out of the business for the black market.

  2. Not for legalization at all. That “wrong” won’t make anything “right.” It’s like telling your kids “Stealing cookies out of the cookie jar between meals will no longer be considered being naughty.” You can say it’s O.K. but it doesn’t change the fact that your kids nutrition is going to suffer. (And don’t say the kids have a “right” to have as bad a nutritional diet as they want). The other thing Penn said which pretty much sums up all you need to know about him was something like “I respect El Chapo, he only kills when it pertains to his business…”

    • Drug dealers don’t want drugs legalized, either.

      And the stealing cookies analogy doesn’t work as an analogy, at all. It’s conflating a moral issue with a legal one.

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