Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was the most notorious drug trafficker on the globe, a ruthless criminal mastermind and a logic-defying escape artist. But maybe what he really wanted to do was direct.
Mexico’s attorney general Arely Gómez has told reporters that Guzman was captured – re-captured, actually – at a Los Mochis hotel on the Pacific Coast after investigators got wind that the most-wanted kingpin had been contacting potential producers and actors to develop his biopic. “He established communication with actors and producers, which formed a new line of investigation,” Gómez said at a press conference Friday. The identities of the producers and actresses were not disclosed.
While the claims were greeted with some skepticism, a Chapo pic does seem like a Narcos no-brainer (though anyone in Hollywood could have told him that no project stays secret for long, and that it’s been done with The Hunt For El Chapo). As has been told many times, the notorious cocaine supplier started life as a child orange-seller before advancing to the hard stuff and a massive fortune. He’s been captured – and has escaped – twice before his latest downfall, perhaps yet another victim of cinematic ambition.