Actor Sean Penn arrives at the 5th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization at Montage Hotel on January 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo : Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
"The day I don't exist, it's [the desire for drugs] not going to decrease in any way at all," the famous Mexican druglord told Penn.
On Friday, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested at the town of Los Mochis in Sinaloa. Mexico's attorney general said that the Mexican government has planned to extradite El Chapo to the United States on drug charges, according to NBC News.
However, that's just half of the El Chapo story making headlines at the moment. Apparently, Sean Penn conducted an interview with El Chapo for Rolling Stone months before the drug kingpin was arrested.
Sean Penn's El Chapo get is absolutely huge. But god damn it could have used an editor...& more focus on the subject rather than the author.
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) January 10, 2016
El Chapo speaks: Sean Penn recounts his secret visit with the most wanted man in the world https://t.co/F4x6x8ANBd pic.twitter.com/8wDb2I6Xkt — Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) January 10, 2016
While it's strange that the magazine asked Penn to conduct the interview, what's more surreal is the fact that Penn wrote the article himself and what he wrote was very unorthodox.
Rolling Stone published the secret interview with Penn on Saturday.
In October 2015, Penn first met with El Chapo, at a time when Mexican authorities in Mexico were searching for the druglord following his July escape.
According to Penn, the two-day interview took place a day after the meeting. Due to security concerns, El Chapo sent his answers to Penn's questions weeks after via video. He reportedly sent the video to Mexican film and television star Kate del Castillo, who had been planning on creating a film about his life.
What did El Chapo tell Penn?
Via Mashable, what you are about to read are the actual words from Sean Penn in his El Chapo interview article.
The magazine said that names had to be changed and locations had to be kept hidden for the interview. In addition, El Chapo had to approve the contents of the article before publication, and that he "did not ask for any changes."
"Espinoza is the owl who flies among falcons," according to Penn.
The 55-year-old actor claimed that he met with Guzman together with del Castillo in a jungle clearing on October 2 after being taken to an airfield by El Chapo's 29-year-old son.
Penn said he saw around 30 to 35 guards. Later, he learned that 100 more soldiers were in the vicinity during the meetup.
Penn said he and del Castillo were provided with tacos and tequila.
"Everything I say to everyone must be true. As true as it is compartmentalized. The trust that El Chapo had extended to us was not to be fucked with," Penn claimed.
Anyway, here's what El Chapo told Penn.
"I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world. I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats," Guzman said.
"The only way to have money to buy food, to survive, is to grow poppy, marijuana, and at that age, I began to grow it, to cultivate it and to sell it. That is what I can tell you," he added.
At one point, Donald Trump was brought up, and to that Guzman sarcastically said, "Ah! Mi amigo!"
Speaking of politicians, when Penn asked El Chapo about his relationship with the government, the drug kingpin said, "Talking about politicians, I keep my opinion to myself. They go do their thing and I do mine."
El Chapo also admitted that "drugs destroy" humanity, but that he doesn't think he's responsible for the world's addiction to drugs.
The contents of the article have not been verified, NBC News said.
Indeed, it's quite hard to imagine Sean Penn writing such an article with vivid descriptions like "I look to the sky and wonder how funny it would be if there were a weaponized drone above us" while he and his team were drinking tequila, and "I make a plan to hide myself in the trunk of a friend's car and be driven to a waiting rental vehicle."
On Sunday, it wasn't immediately clear whether Penn and del Castillo's meeting El Chapo helped or delayed the authorities in recapturing him, but according to the Associated Press, the interview helped lead authorities to his exact location.
Meanwhile, Penn's reps have said that the actor is unavailable for comment.