Sean Penn: My El Chapo Interview Failed

Sean Penn: My El Chapo Interview Failed.

Sean Penn says his interview with drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was designed to start a “conversation about the policy of the war on drugs.”

“My article failed,” Penn told CBS’s Charlie Rose. “Let me be clear. My article has failed.”

Penn was hoping for a different outcome. One of his points, he said, was that government’s pursuit of individual drug lords and cartels arguably doesn’t make a dent in overall drug use — a common view among activists.

“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,” Penn told Rose.

He spoke with Rose on Thursday for an interview that will be shown on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” CBS released excerpts from the interview on Friday morning.

“Let’s go to the big picture of what we all want,” Penn said. “We all want this drug problem to stop. We all want them — the killings in Chicago to stop. We are the consumer. Whether you agree with Sean Penn or not, there is a complicity there. And if you are in the moral right, or on the far left, just as many of your children are doing these drugs.”