While we all enjoy some Bowie and mourn the terrible loss of a great artist who on multiple occasions saved decadent and silly rock and roll from itself, let’s not forget the other big news of the day, which is that Joaquín Guzmán Loera, El Chapo himself, has been arrested for the third time after escaping from Almoloya a second time last year.
Here’s a link to the ballistic CNN story of how Sean Penn secretly interviewed Chapo before he was arrested. And what’s more, it wasn’t Penn’s guts that got it arranged but Chapo’s vanity about having a film made of his life and the support of a Mexican actress who admires him.
The article’s pretty fascinating. This writer wrote about his escape for the Nose Milk some time ago, but as always no one noticed or cared (I may be saying this a lot as I follow up on stories for the Nose Milk in the near future).
So is Penn fucked for having met Chapo and not ratted him out? Certainly he’s not the most powerful or best-connected force on the planet, so one should say no. What will be interesting is to learn whether Chapo is extradited to the US this time.