Much has been made about Sean Penn’s interview with Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. One of the main characters in the tale is actress Kate del Castillo, who supposedly plugged Penn in with the Sinaloa cartel king. However, reports from TMZ imply that del Castillo is pissed with Penn, claiming that his interview has put her life in jeopardy.
It was believed by many that El Chapo was smitten with del Castillo after seeing her play a drug queenpen on TV. However, recent reports say that El Chapo contacted her to do a “Mexican Godfather” type of movie about his life. One of the filmmakers attached to the potential movie told Penn about the developments, and Penn asked to tag along to meet El Chapo. Del Castillo allegedly felt as though having a major movie star in the mix would improve the chances of the movie becoming a reality. She did not know that Penn had pitched his article to Rolling Stone, and was “blindsided” when Penn asked El Chapo for the interview. TMZ reports:
She feels Penn torpedoed the point of the meeting — hijacked it — spending the entire 6 hours on the interview, which she believes was a self-aggrandizing move on his part.
Our sources say Kate feels betrayed by Penn. She believes he lied to her about his purpose, and exposed her to extreme danger by writing his article which “outed” her to the world.
Other sources close to Sean Penn say that del Castillo was fully aware of the actor’s intent. We’ll see where this goes.