MEXICO CITY — Rolling Stone magazine is reporting that Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman met with U.S. Sean Penn in his hideout in Mexico months before his recapture by Mexican marines in his home state of Sinaloa.
In an article published late Saturday in the magazine, and authored by Penn, the actor describes the complicated measures he took to meet the legendary drug lord.
The two spent seven hours together discussing topics ranging from drug trafficking to unrest in the Middle East.
Guzman, who estimates his fortune to be worth $1 billion, says he is not a violent man.
“Look, all I do is defend myself, nothing more,” he told Penn. “But do I start trouble? Never.”
Penn traveled through Mexican jungles to meet with the notorious drug kingpin.
Rolling Stone published a photo of the actor shaking hands with Guzman.
The article follows reports that Guzman had reached out to Hollywood about filming a biopic of his life.
Guzman was captured six months after escaping from a maximum security prison.