El Chapo is sure to get his biopic now

Recaptured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers in Mexico City, Jan. 8, 2016. 
Henry Romero

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The irony is that he will most certainly get a biopic now. 

News broke Friday night that Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman, boss of the infamous Sinaloa drug cartel, had been recaptured again — "again" because like his prison escape in July through a mile-long tunnel, this part of the story has also happened once before. 

But never mind because this time it's better. We learned Saturday that it was El Chapo's quest for fame that led directly to his downfall. Yes, he wanted to make a movie about his life and in his effort to do so, he made himself vulnerable to Mexican authorities on the prowl. Genius. 

How did that happen? Well, it seems it had a little something to do with the fact that he agreed to a meeting with American actor Sean Penn, who wrote a 10,000-word feature about his experience for Rolling Stone magazine. This article, by the way, would have been several hundred words shorter had it not included such key pieces of information as how Sean Penn feels about his penis and what happens when a man of his age, excuse us, farts.

Mexican authorities may have had it with Guzman's shenanigans, which may mean that they finally agree to extradite him to the US for criminal proceedings. It's not a sure thing, according to the New York Times, but the US would love it. After all, prosecutors say Guzman's network moved hundreds of thousands of pounds of cocaine — worth billions of dollars — onto American streets. 

We'll see about all that. In the meantime, Vulture wants us to chew on this: who will play Sean Penn when the El Chapo biopic finally gets made? 


Speaking of drugs and countries in Latin America.

It's been more than two years since then-Uruguayan President Jose Mujica signed a law which made Uruguay the first country on Earth where the cultivation, sale and taxation of marijuana would all be legal.

Uruguay planned to grow, tax, and sell weed itself, a plan which at the time seemed revolutionary. But, two years later, it is still impossible to buy weed legally in Uruguay. 

You can smoke weed. You can grow your own. You can join a cannabis “collective." But actually buying it from anyone is still entirely illegal.

What's the holdup? The Uruguayan government has stipulated that there may only be one official pot supplier: The Uruguayan government. As GlobalPost has reported, the plan has hit more than a few delays.


Let's talk about Sean Penn for a moment. El Chapo wasn't his first — and isn't like to be his last — controversial meeting with an international bigwig.

As the Washington Post reports, Raul Castro and Hugo Chavez have also made the list when it comes to Penn's particular brand of diplomatic outreach.

He likes disaster zones, too. In 2002, Penn visited Iraq at a time of fomenting unrest. In 2005, it was Iran. He's gotten some accolades for his self-assigned rescue mission in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans as well as for moving to Haiti after a devastating earthquake in 2010.

But where El Chapo is concerned, Penn's mostly taking flak