Sean Penn Breaks Silence on 'El Chapo' Guzman Interview

The Hollywood actor reveals why he agreed to the meeting with the escaped drug kingpin.
1:55 | 01/16/16

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The first comments this morning from the actor Sean Penn about his interview with the notorious drug lord el chapo. The actor is now breaking his silence and revealing why he agreed to that controversial meeting and here's ABC's Matt Gutman with more. I thought this is somebody upon whose interview could I begin a conversation. Reporter: Sean Penn speaking out about his controversial interview with notorious drug kingpin Joaquin "El chapo" Guzman. The entire discussion about this article ignores its purpose which was to try to contribute to this discussion about the policy in the war on drugs. Reporter: The actor secretly meeting with the drug lord in his jungle hideout in Mexico back in October for an interview for "Rolling stone." The meeting facilitated by Mexican soap opera star Kate del Castillo who el chapo thought would make a biopic about him and smoothed over by tequila but with CBS' "60 minutes" he accepted it as a way to shed light on the war on drugs. The drug trafficker on the run at the time of the meeting after he escaped from a maximum security prison in July. Now Penn says he believes the Mexican government is lying about his connection to the kingpin's capture. Authorities apprehending Guzman on January 9th catching him in his home state of sinaloa after he tried escaping a raid by slipping into the city's sewer tunnels. I had to crawl under that to get over there. Right there is that door. It looks like a portal on a submarine and through there is the entrance to 9 drain ago system. They were clearly humiliated by the notion that someone found him before they did. Well, nobody found him before they did. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Matt Gutman, ABC news, Los Angeles.

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