The full transcript of the highly-flirtatious text messages between Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán and soap actress Kate del Castillo has emerged – and reveals the drug lord had never heard of Sean Penn before meeting with him.
El Chapo and Del Castillo exchanged hundreds of fiery texts in September to organize a meeting with the actor as they planned to make a Narcos-style movie about his life.
Though El Chapo likes the sound of the meeting, he has no idea who Sean Penn is, and keeps asking whether he is an actor, director, producer, or even famous at all.
The pair also plan their own wine- and tequila-filled weekend together at his jungle hide-out, as El Chapo gushes that she is ‘beautiful’, ‘the best in the world’, and that ‘I will care for you more than I care for my own eyes’.
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El Chapo and Kate Del Castillo exchanged hundreds of fiery texts in September to organize a meeting with the actor as they planned to make a Narcos-style movie about his life
This is the controversial photo of Sean Penn meeting the drug lord who had never heard of him
The actress reached out to Sean Penn (pictured together above) to discuss making a movie about El Chapo
The twice-divorced actress responds: ‘It makes me so emotional to her you say that, no one has ever cared for me, thank you!’
Throughout the texts, released late on Tuesday by Mexican newspaper Grupo Milenio, El Chapo goes by the name Papá, and Del Castillo by the name ‘Hermosa’.
It sheds yet more light on how Penn came to meet with one of the most wanted fugitives in the world.
‘If you bring wine I’ll try it – I like tequila and Bucana but I’ll try the tequila that you bring, and champagne,’ El Chapo says to Kate del Castillo in one of the texts, name-dropping her own branded tequila El Bucana.
‘As I’ve told you I’m not a drinker but I will because you being here will be so beautiful, I’m very excited to meet you and come to be great friends. You’re the best in the world. We’re going to be very good friends. You will agree by the time you’re heading home. I wish it could be sooner.’
Later, Kate hands the phone to El Chapo’s attorney who tells him Kate wants to broker a meeting with Sean Penn.
El Chapo has no idea who Sean Penn is; the attorney is not too sure either.
‘He was in the movie 21 Grams,’ the attorney writes, referring to the 2003 movie made by The Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu.
El Chapo says: ’21 Grams, when was that made?’
The attorney replies: ‘I’m looking it up so I can tell you the exact date.’
‘Ok,’ says El Chapo.
The attorney: ’21 Grams was made in 2003… He’s also political activist… He’s been very critical of the Bush administration.’
El Chapo: ‘Is that film his most recent’
His attorney: ‘He has barely acted recently. Now he produces films.’
Penn won his second Best Actor Oscar for his role in Milk in 2008. His first was for Mystic River in 2003.
They also discuss which type of phone they should use to communicate with, going into details about all the pros and cons of the latest iPhones, Samsungs, and Blackberrys.
Del Castillo, 43, seems to have started a friendship with El Chapo Guzmán in 2012 after sending a tweet about how she would trust him if it became a question between him or the Mexican government.
A Mexican government official told El Pais it was this relationship that ultimately led to El Chapo’s capture, as the drug lord was so desperate to finally meet her in person.
‘We knew that he was going crazy wanted to see her,’ the source told the Spanish newspaper.
Sean Penn and Naomi Watts in the 2003 movie 21 Grams – the only Sean Penn movie El Chapo’s lawyer can remember. When El Chapo asks what Penn has done since, his lawyer says he thinks he quit acting
At first, El Chapo and Del Castillo are communicating on his lawyer’s phone.
Once he gets his own phone, he texts Del Castillo, whose name is saved as ‘Guapa’: ‘It makes me very happy to be able to reach you directly. Finally I can. Thank you.’
She replies: ‘Thanks to you I’m going to finally meet you, and I can’t describe how excited I am. Thank you for your trust.
‘I have been trying to get together a team of people who are truly respected in Hollywood. I want you to hear what they have to say…
‘But aside from our project, it makes me so excited to be able to see you with my own eyes, in person. THANK YOU.
‘All I care about is that you feel ok with everything, regardless of any promises, and that you tell me exactly what you think after our meeting. I suppose I will receive instructions so I know where to go and all the details.’