AceShowbiz - Sean Penn was not happy with Netflix for making a docu series about his infamous meeting with Mexican kingpin El Chapo. The actor called the documentary "cheap" and "reckless" ahead of its release on Friday, October 20. "This is nothing but a cheap, National Enquirer-esque tale spun be a delusional person whose hunger for fame is both tawdry and transparent," his rep said.
Penn met Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman back in October 2015 with the help of Mexican actress Kate del Castillo when the kingpin was still on the run after he escaped from a high-security prison in 2001 through a tunnel. The actor published their meeting on Rolling Stone in January, just one day after the criminal was re-captured.
The 57-year-old movie star allegedly met El Chapo under the guise of a possible film production about the drug lord's life. Mexican law enforcement officials later claimed that the meeting led them to the drug lord, but Penn vehemently denied it.
"It is reprehensible that, in their ongoing, relentless efforts to gain additional attention and publicity, Ms. del Castillo and her team (who have zero firsthand knowledge) have sought to create this profoundly false, foolish, and reckless narrative," his rep said. "The notion that Mr. Penn or anyone on his behalf alerted DOJ to the trip is a complete fabrication and bald-faced lie. It never happened, nor would there have been any reason for it to have happened."
Netflix responded to his complaints, "Penn was given the opportunity on multiple occasions to participate in 'The Day I Met El Chapo' and did not do so. The events surrounding the now-infamous meeting have been well covered, including by Penn himself in Rolling Stone and his many public comments since. The only new ground we're breaking with this series is to give Kate a chance to finally tell her side of this stranger-than-fiction story."
According to Deadline, the actor did see the docu series over a month ago and "he asked for it to be edited to more closely reflect what he said was the truth." Despite his demand, the series will reportedly premiere unedited.