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.”