Sean Penn: My El Chapo Interview “Failed” (VIDEO)
Sean Penn expresses regret over his controversial interview with El Chapo in a segment set to air on Sunday’s “60 Minutes.” “My article has failed,” says the actor, who explains it didn’t accomplish what he had set out to do. As for speaking with a dangerous drug kingpin, Penn is not apologetic at all. See the interview below.
Speaking with Charlie Rose, Penn says he wanted his interview with El Chapo to “try to contribute to this discussion about the policy in the ‘war on drugs.'” He adds he had hoped to spark a conversation about the rising rate of addiction in the U.S. and “the killings in Chicago,” a reference to ongoing turf wars between drug gangs. But Penn laments that only “one percent” of news outlets touched on these issues, instead focusing on the sensationalized aspects of his interview.
Penn also slams the “jealous journalists” who criticized him and Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner for giving El Chapo “story approval,” which allowed the drug lord to review the article before it was published. Referring to them as “green-eyed monsters,” the actor feels his detractors were “people who don’t like me out of the gate.” Penn also insists he was only able to get the interview with El Chapo because he isn’t a journalist, noting the drug kingpin would have probably refused to talk to a real reporter.
Watch the clip below of Sean Penn’s “60 Minutes” interview about El Chapo and his article.