Kate Del Castillo

The actress who brought Sean Penn to El Chapo

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In what is probably the weirdest news to emerge thus far in 2016, Sean Penn sat down for a seven-hour interview with El Chapo and wrote a feature profile on the drug lord for Rolling Stone. The article has attracted criticism for a myriad of reasons, chief among them being a) El Chapo reportedly had final editorial approval over the piece, and b) for some reason Penn thought it would be wise to incorporate quips about his penis into a profile of a mass murderer.

The surreal meeting between Penn and El Chapo, who was recently captured after escaping from prison for the second time, was reportedly brokered by Mexican actress Kate del Castillo. Del Castillo is best known for her role in the telenovela La Reina del Sur, in which she plays a woman who becomes a prominent drug trafficker after her boyfriend is murdered by none other than El Chapo. In 2012, Del Castillo tweeted: “Today I believe more in ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán than in the Governments that hide painful truths: Those who hide the cure for AIDS and cancer for their own benefit and to become richer.” She also asked El Chapo (rhetorically, maybe?) via Twitter, “[W]ouldn’t it be cool that you started trafficking with love? … Imagine trafficking with corrupt politicians instead of women and children who end up as slaves.”

Unsurprisingly, many of Del Castillo’s followers did not take kindly to her musings. But El Chapo reportedly loved what she had to say, and sent Del Castillo flowers. The two started communicating over BBM, and Del Castillo became enthusiastic about optioning an El Chapo biopic.  According to Penn’s piece in Rolling Stone, Del Castillo was instrumental in setting up his meeting with El Chapo.

In addition to being on texting terms with a notorious drug pin, Del Castillo is the Ambassador for the Mexican Commission on Human Rights. The irony hurts a little.

Read the full story at The Daily Beast.

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