The recapture of Mexico's most wanted drug lord has given anti-criminal efforts a boost. But the government isn't seeing light at the end of the tunnel just yet
One of the first movies to make Sean Penn famous was The Falcon and the Snowman, in which the American actor plays a former drug dealer convicted of espionage. The 1985 movie, based on an actual criminal case, tells how protagonists Andrew Daulton Lee and Christopher Boyce end up being captured by the Mexican police and deported to America. Penn, a firm believer in rehabilitation, later hired the real-life Lee after he was paroled to make him his personal assistant.
Rehabilitation was never on the agenda of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, the drug kingpin Penn met last October in the mountainous jungle of Northern Mexico. In an interview with the actor published this week-end in Rolling Stones magazine, the cold-blooded, violence-inclined boss of the notorious Sinaloa cartel boasts of being the world’s top drug dealer. “I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.”
He’s probably not bragging so much anymore. Having escaped from his cell last summer through a mile-long tunnel that led from his shower, he was recaptured by Mexican marines on Friday. Officials say his whereabouts became clearer after he contacted movie producers to try and sell them the idea of a biopic on his humble self. The plan seemed to take shape after he spoke with Penn and Kate del Castillo, a Mexican actress he is fond of and saw as the only person capable of spearheading the project.
Last week's arrest was not the ending he wanted. Read More