Kate del Castillo talks about ‘El Chapo’

The Standard Journal - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Ali­cia Ran­cilio As­so­ci­ated Press

NEW YORK — Kate del Castillo says she just “wants clo­sure” and is hop­ing to get it from the re­lease of her new three-part do­cuseries “The Day I Met El Chapo,” now on Net­flix.

The doc­u­men­tary tells del Castillo’s ver­sion of events sur­round­ing a 2015 meet­ing with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guz­man, a Mexican drug lord who at the time was hid­ing from au­thor­i­ties. He’s since been cap­tured and ex­tra­dited to the U.S. and is await­ing trial.

When del Castillo met with Guz­man, she said it was with the in­tent to make a film about his life. She brought along two film pro­duc­ers and ac­tor Sean Penn, who went on to write an ar­ti­cle for Rolling Stone mag­a­zine about the en­counter.

Since then, del Castillo and Penn have clashed over their ac­counts of what hap­pened. Del Castillo also sug­gests that Penn tipped off au­thor­i­ties to the meet­ing which ul­ti­mately led to Guz­man’s cap­ture.

Penn, through pub­li­cist Mark Fabi­ani, de­scribes del Castillo’s ef­forts as “noth­ing but a cheap Na­tional En­quirer- es­que tale spun by a delu­sional per­son whose hunger for fame is both tawdry and trans­par­ent.”

In a re­cent in­ter­view with t he As­so­ci­ated Press, del Castillo talked about the film, Sean Penn and mov­ing for­ward. “I think we all have good and bad inside of us but we can­not for­get who he is. He’s a crim­i­nal. ... I saw him and he was a gen­tle­man. He was very nice with me, with us. He loves his fam­ily very much so, so that’s part of the in­ter­est­ing thing that I want to show if I ever do the movie, his story life, what hap­pens inside that mind. What is go­ing on in his head? How a lit­tle kid from ... Si­naloa be­comes this No. 1 drug lord. ... Who helps them? Be­cause he’s not there by him­self, right?

“When we got back, my night­mare started be­cause I had to work for Sean lit­er­ally trans­lat­ing his ar­ti­cle, send­ing it to Senor Guz­man, who is a fugi­tive by then so he’s not an­swer­ing all the time and Sean is scream­ing that he has a dead­line and El Chapo had ap­proval. ... I never saw the last ver­sion of it ... and that’s where ... we had so many fights.

“My whole life has been put on hold for two years. Thank God for ‘In­gob­ern­able,’ the se­ries with Net­flix.”

Wilfredo Lee / The As­so­ci­ated Press

Actress Kate del Castillo fea­tures in the new Net­flix do­cuseries “The Day I Met El Chapo.”

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