The response to Sean Penn’s surprising and timely interview with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in Rolling Stone has been mixed, which is putting it lightly. Most people are flabbergasted by the interview, many for different reasons. This includes Penn’s style of writing, the questions tossed at “El Chapo,” the final approval given to the drug lord by Rolling Stone, and Penn’s lack of contact with authorities following the meeting. The latter point seems to be a sticking point for authorities who, as we noted, are investigating Penn and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo:
ABC News reported Saturday night that Penn is now under investigation for the interview, according to a Mexican official. Since Penn had been in contact with Guzman for several months, authorities are presumably interested to find out why the actor did not earlier share any information on the wanted man.
None of El Chapo’s soldiers or associates spoke in English, so the jungle meeting was translated by Castillo, whom the drug lord had been in contact with after she tweeted a plea to him to use his power to help people. But the first contact was more of a meet and greet; the actor then spent several weeks trying to contact El Chapo via Castillo, and finally received a video answering the questions he had submitted.
In a radical departure from journalistic practice, the entire Rolling Stone story was submitted to El Chapo for approval, and Penn says the drug lord did not ask for any changes.