MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) — Actor Sean Penn says his controversial article on the fugitive drug lord “El Chapo” failed.
CBS’s Charlie Rose sat down with Penn Thursday who spoke out for the first time about his meeting with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman weeks before his re-capture.
Penn said his article in Rolling Stone failed because it didn’t start a conversation about U.S. policy in the war on drugs. He said it’s something he regrets.
“I have a regret that the entire discussion about this article– ignores its purpose, which was to con– try to contribute to this discussion about the– policy in the war– war on drugs,” said Penn to Rose for a “60 Minutes” segment set to air this weekend.
Penn later reiterated, “My article failed.”
The actor went on to talk about the 7-hour interview with Guzman and how Mexican authorities said his capture was aided by that very meeting. It’s something Penn says is a “myth”since their October 2nd meeting was “nowhere near where he was captured.”
He says he believes the accusation was meant to make him a potential target to Guzman’s cartel.
“Here’s the things that we know. We know that the Mexican government — they were clearly very humiliated by the notion that someone found him before they did. Well, nobody found him before they did. We didn’t — we’re not smarter than DEA or the Mexican intelligence. We had a contact upon which we were able to facilitate an invitation,” said Penn.
When asked if he was fearful for his life, Penn said “no.”
The Hollywood actor and director went on to talk to Rose about how they set up the meeting, negotiations for the interview and what he thought about meeting the world’s most wanted man.
The full interview is set to air Sunday on “60 Minutes” (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00PM, PT) on CBS.