Sean Penn says he has a “terrible regret” about his secret meeting with El Chapo and the resulting Rolling Stone article that stunned the world when it came out about a week ago: that it didn’t achieve his desired goal.
“My article has failed. Let me be clear, my article has failed,” he told Charlie Rose on Friday’s “CBS This Morning,” his first interview about the meeting.
Penn met the notorious Sinaloa Cartel leader, whose real name is Joaquin Guzman, back in October with the help of Mexican actress Kate del Castillo. His story for Rolling Stone went live on Saturday, one day after Mexican authorities announced the fugitive’s capture. Journalists immediately criticized the piece.
“I have a regret that 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,” Penn told host Charlie Rose.
Penn also suggested the journalists who tore apart his article were “green-eyed monsters.”
“When you get the story that every journalist in the world wanted, there’s a lot of green-eyed monsters who gonna come give you a kiss,” Penn said.
He also said he wanted to see the “license that says that (his critics are) journalists.”