Could Sean Penn be afraid for his life following the now-infamous interview he conducted with Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera (more widely known as “El Chapo”)?
That’s the question Charlie Rose put to him in the upcoming interview, which will air on 60 Minutes in its entirety.
The Daily Mail, quoting that particular part of the interview when Rose asked him point-blank if he feared for his life, revealed the Oscar-winning actor’s response.
A simple “no.”
However, Susan Constantine, a body language expert speaking to tabloid site Radar Online, felt that Sean Penn was holding something back in the interview.
Throughout the talk, Constantine noted how agitated and “passionate” that Penn felt throughout.
There was one particular part that fueled speculation, when Rose put the question to Sean Penn if he felt responsible for the recapture of El Chapo, who escaped from a prison holding cell in the latter part of 2015.
“Instead of saying yes or no he went into dialogue — a very emotional dialogue — and that’s where his voice started to crack up and it became very stressed. It’s a stress indicator,” Constantine said, adding that there was “a lot of emotion there and that’s why the vocal chords get strained.”
“It was as if almost he was holding back tears,” she added.
Some commenters speculated that perhaps Sean Penn was holding back tears because he feared for his life and that Charlie Rose might have picked up on that, hence is reasoning for asking Penn about it directly.
It would not be unusual for Penn to have those fears amid the fallout the El Chapo interview has caused. The alleged drug kingpin is said to be furious about it, and the Mexican government has credited the interview with Chapo Guzman’s recapture, which could spur a backlash, according to Mike Vigil, a former chief of international operations with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
In comments to Yahoo, Vigil said that the Mexican actress, who arranged the meeting with Chapo and Sean Penn, Kate del Castillo, should “run like the wind.”
Of Guzman and del Castillo, Vigil said the alleged drug lord “developed a childlike infatuation [with her] and forgot about the fact that when he was captured in 2014, he was captured as a result of telephone monitoring.”
“Apart from that, [del Castillo] is originally from Mexico, she has all of her family in Mexico. One of the traditional violent methods [the cartels] use is if they can’t get to the target, they’ll go after their family members.”
He also said that these cartels could go after Sean Penn and that they have “decapitated” and “dismembered” people.
“These are people who have dismembered, who have decapitated individuals. So killing Sean Penn and del Castillo means absolutely nothing to them,” Vigil said.
This reality is what could be causing Sean Penn to refuse credit for El Chapo’s capture. Beyond refusing, he made an impassioned case to Rose that the authorities already had Guzman’s number before he did.
“There is this myth about the visit that we made, my colleagues and I with El Chapo, that it was — as the Attorney General of Mexico is quoted — ‘essential’ to his capture. We had met with him many weeks earlier… on October 2nd, in a place nowhere near where he was captured.”
This was another point in the interview where Sean Penn is said to have appeared agitated, but Constantine believed he was telling the truth. However, it isn’t really about what the truth is or what Constantine says. For Vigil, “If Chapo Guzman perceives that they cooperated with authorities in his capture, [the cartel] will go after them.”
And if you’re Sean Penn or Kate del Castillo, that’s a potentially terrifying place to be, according to Vigil, who accused the actors, particularly Penn, of “living in a cocoon.”
“People in Hollywood have a tendency to live in a cocoon and they really don’t understand all of these implications,” he said.
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