Since the capturing of the world’s most wanted man, many questions remain, surrounding his latest arrest and how El Chapo allowed the beautiful Mexican actress Kate del Castillo into his inner circle.
The Rolling Stone article in which Sean Penn documents his daring journey to Mexico to meet up with El Chapo is what ultimately led to the his recapture, six months after his 2nd prison break.
But the meeting between the two time Oscar-winner actor and the famed drug lord appears to come about with del Castillo’s help.
‘He was interested in seeing the story of his life told on film, but would entrust its telling only to Kate,’ Penn wrote in the magazine about El Chapo’s desire to have a movie made about him, adding that she was the ‘ticket to El Chapo’s trust’.
Del Castillo first started her acting career in 1979 when she appeared in a film titled The Last Escape. From there, her fame only grew and so did her voice to speak out about different issues plaguing the world and her country. In 2009 she was appointed Ambassador for the Mexican Commission on Human Rights and also posed in a PETA campaign in 2012. Kate played “Teresa Mendoza” a notorious female drug lord in a telenovela on Telemundo, based on the true story of Mexico’s top female drug lord. The relationship between El Chapo and the 43-year-old beauty seems to have started in 2012, when she first mentioned him in a tweet.
The Mexican film and television star, who is the daughter of soap opera actor Eric del Castillo, stated that she would trust El Chapo if it was a question between him or the seemingly corrupt Mexican government.
‘Mr. Chapo, wouldn’t it be cool that you started trafficking with love?’ she wrote in the tweet.
‘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.
‘Imagine trafficking with corrupt politicians instead of women and children who end up as slaves. ‘Why don’t you burn all those whorehouses where women are worth less than a pack of cigarettes. Without offer, there’s no demand. ‘Come on, Chapo! You would be the hero of heroes. Let’s traffic with love. You know how to. Life is a business and the only thing that changes is the merchandise. Don’t you agree?’
Soon after her initial tweet, Kate was contacted by one of El Chapo’s lawyers.
According to Penn, the El Señor wanted to send her flowers in gratitude of her support and she replied with her address.
Whether or not del Castillo truly meant her sentiments in the tweet she sent about El Chapo is still out for debate. Once he was recaptured in 2014, the relationship between the two reportedly grew tremendously, as they exchanged several letters while he was incarcerated.
While imprisoned, he reportedly reached out to the well-known actress for her help to make a movie about his more than captivating life, even though his lawyers were being flooded with requests from Hollywood studios.
During a visit to Los Angeles, del Castillo met Penn through mutual friends and discussed El Chapo’s idea for a film.
However, Penn and Kate supposedly decided that it would be too difficult to make a movie, and instead pursued another idea: a magazine story. Through Penn fostering a relationship with del Castillo, who had the trust of El Chapo, only did he agree to be interviewed by the legendary actor.
El Chapo reportedly wanted to meet the actress who not only had tweeted her support for him publicly, but who he too had also developed a relationship with while being imprisoned. Del Castillo brokered the deal for Penn to be able to meet with the drug baron.
Del Castillo, who is set to star in Netflix’s Spanish-language series Ingobernable, has not spoken out about her thoughts concerning El Chapo’s recent arrest, or if she feels that her life is in danger since she appears to be responsible for Penn coming.
‘Today the United States lost a friend it never knew it had,’ he stated. As Penn’s Rolling Stone piece continues to captivate millions of readers around the world, a top White House officials admitted to being upset about some of the comments El Chapo said.
The drug cartel leader’s boast to Penn about being the world’s top supplier of illegal drugs is ‘maddening,’ according to White House chief of staff Denis McDonough. ‘I will tell you this braggadocious action about how much heroin he sends around the world, including the United States, is maddening,’ McDonough said in an interview with CNN’s State of the Union.
‘We see a heroin epidemic, opioid addiction epidemic in this country. We are going to stay on top of this with our Mexican counterparts until we get that back in the box. ‘But El Chapo is behind bars. That’s where he should stay,’ he added. Meanwhile Mexico has notified El Chapo that he is wanted in the U.S., formally beginning extradition proceedings against him, according to a statement issued by the Attorney General’s office. Guzman was informed by Interpol agents at the maximum security prison where he is being held.
The extradition process may be lengthy however, as lawyers for El Chapo have already filed six separate injunctions challenging requests to send him to America. Juan Masini, former U.S. Department of Justice attache at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, said the extradition process could be drawn out over a period of months.