Kate del Castillo Says Mexican Government Tried to Halt El Chapo Film
"What I'm doing is not a crime at all," the actress-producer said in an interview with CNN en Espanol.
Kate del Castillo has confirmed that she received a warning from the Mexican government to halt production on a planned biopic about drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
Investigative journalist Lydia Cacho said in a January interview with Univision that del Castillo told her she had received a message delivered by an actress friend on behalf of Mexico's interior secretary, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong. It said she should not make a film about Guzman and she should stop meddling.
In a Wednesday interview with CNN en Espanol's Carmen Aristegui, del Castillo called the message "kind of intimidating," but she plans to go forward with the film anyway.
The interior secretariat did not respond to a request for comment.
Del Castillo, best known for her lead role in the hit narconovela Queen of the South, brokered Sean Penn's meeting with Guzman in a remote mountain village in northern Mexico. They were accompanied by Fernando Sulichin and Jose Ibanez, who were attached to produce the film.
According to del Castillo, it wasn't until the group of four arrived at the secret meeting place with Guzman that she realized Penn wanted an interview with the drug kingpin for Rolling Stone, and she later learned he had no interest in the film project.
Penn, however, told The New Yorker that he and del Castillo had discussed the article beforehand.
Del Castillo responded to Penn's claim that she had prior knowledge of the Rolling Stone story as "total and complete bullshit."
Now del Castillo says she probably won't do the film with either of the two producers, both of whom have worked with Oliver Stone.
"I think that all this is already kind of tainted," she told CNN. "I just have my reasons … because I was left out, and I don't want anything to hurt my new project."
When asked what actor she would like to play Guzman, del Castillo responded, "Well, not Sean Penn."
In the first of the two-part CNN interview, which aired Tuesday, del Castillo spoke about her fear of the Mexican government, saying she's more afraid of the government than Guzman's powerful Sinaloa cartel.
Del Castillo, who has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Mexico and currently resides in Los Angeles, said she's afraid to return to her native country. She fears that if she does, she'll be detained and put under house arrest.
She added that the government was looking to extradite her from the U.S. "to cover up big problems," such as the Mexican government's collusion with drug cartels, which prompted CNN's Aristegui to ask if she found it ridiculous that Guzman has been able to exist with government protection.
"Well, I don't find it logical that … a man gets to be so powerful without any help of key people in certain political and social levels in Mexico society," she said. "I mean, someone is definitely helping him. And it isn't his mom necessarily, right?"