Sean Penn Tells Charlie Rose His El Chapo Article ‘Failed’ (Because You’re All Missing the Point)


Cool guy Sean Penn wants to clarify a few things about his meeting with El Chapo, which he wrote about for Rolling Stone. (1) Penn says that the idea that his secret rendezvous with El Chapo helped Mexican authorities capture him is a “myth.” “We know that the Mexican government [was] clearly very humiliated by the notion that someone found him before they did,” said Penn. “Well, nobody found him before they did. We’re not smarter than the DEA or the Mexican intelligence. We had a contact upon which we were able to facilitate an invitation.” He didn’t help them, guys, so get this target off his back!  

(2) Penn had hoped that his article would “begin a conversation about the policy of the War on Drugs.” But instead, you guys keep focusing on this other stuff! (Guilty.) “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 on the War on Drugs,” said Penn. “My article has failed.” Really, his regret is that you all are missing the important things he has to say!

(3) Now, as for the media, you’re all just jealous that he got to interview a drug lord and you didn’t. “When you get the story that every journalist in the world wanted, there’s a lot of green-eyed monsters who are gonna come give you a kiss,” said Penn. “At the same time, when ‘journalists’ who want to say that I’m not a journalist — well, I want to see the license that says that they’re a journalist.” All right, well … we’d show it to you, but it’s somewhere in our couch cushions, so just give us a minute, okay?

Sean Penn Says His El Chapo Article ‘Failed’