“The first question asked was, wait, which one is the fugitive?” Meyers said of the photo that surfaced Saturday showing Penn and El Chapo shaking hands.
“But the second question was, how did the actor get an interview with a wanted fugitive? The world hasn’t seen anything like this since Ellen Pompeo‘s 2011 interview of Osama bin Laden for Cosmo, titled ‘Zero Dark Thirty Sex Moves He Wishes You’d Secretly Try.'”
He also mocked Penn’s elaborate writing style, especially the part in which he admitted he expelled “a minor traveler’s flatulence.”
Chapo puts his arm over my shoulder and renews his request that I see him in eight days. “I’ll be saying goodbye now,” he says. At this moment, I expel a minor traveler’s flatulence (sorry), and with it, I experience the same chivalry he’d offered when putting Kate to bed, as he pretends not to notice. We escape its subtle brume, and I join my colleagues inside the bungalow.
“That’s not how you describe a fart in front of a drug lord,” Meyers joked. “That’s how you describe a fart at a wine tasting!”
Penn interviewed the crime lord for Rolling Stone for seven hours, according to the article published on Saturday. In the account, El Chapo revealed the full details of his drug operation, as well as his escape from prison last summer.
The lengthy in-person and follow-up interviews by phone and video began in October, according to the article. At the time, El Chapo was one of the most wanted fugitives in the world. Penn wrote that the interview took place in a jungle clearing.
Meyers also heavily criticized authorities for not be able to keep El Chapo, also known as Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, in prison. In 2001, he snuck out of jail in a laundry cart and in July, he crawled out of his cell and through a tunnel that had light and ventilation.
“He is so good at escaping, he does it casually,” said Meyers. “He busts out of jail the way other people wear khakis on a Friday.”
El Chapo was arrested Friday morning following a shootout with Mexican marines in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. He was then returned to the same maximum-security prison from which he had escaped.