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Sean Penn: I Have ‘Terrible Regret’ About Interview With El Chapo

Kaitlan Collins White House Correspondent
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Sean Penn is filled with “terrible regret” after his interview with Joaquin “El Chapo” didn’t turn out like he expected.

During an interview with “60 Minutes,” the actor said he didn’t accomplish his goal.

“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 on the war on drugs,” Penn said. “My article has failed.”

(Photo: Reuters)

(Photo: Reuters)

Penn said he wanted to “begin a conversation about the policy of the war on drugs.”

“This is somebody who — upon whose interview could I begin a conversation about the policy of the war on drugs,” he added. “That was my simple idea.” (RELATED: Marco Rubio: Sean Penn’s Interview With El Chapo Is ‘Grotesque’)

“We’re going to put all our focus — forget about blame — we’re going to put all our focus, all our energy, all our billions of dollars on the ‘bad guy,’ and what happens? You get another death the next day the same way.”

Sean Penn interviewed El Chapo in October. (Photo: Getty Images)

(Photo: ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

He said it’s a myth that his interview helped authorities locate El Chapo.

“We know that the Mexican government…they were clearly very humiliated by the notion that someone found him before they did. Well, nobody found him before they did. We’re not smarter than the DEA or the Mexican intelligence. We had a contact upon which we were able to facilitate an invitation.” (RELATED: Hollywood Actor Secretly Met With El Chapo Months Before His Arrest)

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