Penn published an article in Rolling Stone magazine on Saturday in which he quotes Guzman on everything from drug shipments to money laundering. The interview — coordinated by Mexican actress Kate del Castillo — was published just one day after the drug lord was recaptured by Mexican marines after a six-month long manhunt.
"It's a lie, absurd speculation," Juan Pablo Badillo, one of a team of lawyers representing Guzman, told Reuters. "Where's the proof? Where's the audio?" He added that the article "complicates" El Chapo's defense.
"Mr. Penn should be called to testify to respond about the stupidities he has said," Badillo demanded. He explained that he did not believe El Chapo would make such self-incriminating statements. "Mr. Guzman is a very serious man, very intelligent," he said.
It's possible that Sean Penn could have misunderstood some of the interview, as the actor does not speak Spanish. However, Rolling Stone claims that Guzman had final approval over the published piece, and he did not ask for any changes.
Sean Penn says he does regret one thing about the interview, or so he told Charlie Rose in a recent interview. "I have a regret that the entire discussion of this article ignores it purpose, which was to try to contribute to this discussion about the policy in the War on Drugs," he said. "Let's go to the big picture of what we all want. We all want the 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."
From that perspective, Penn believes his article "failed."