'Is Sean Penn a CIA spy?': Conspiracy theorists claim actor's interview with El Chapo was an elaborate government plot to capture fugitive drug lord
As news emerged of the peculiar series of events that led to El Chapo's capture, Twitter was ablaze with one question: Is Sean Penn a CIA spy?
The actor met with the world's most wanted drug lord in the jungle to ask him a handful of Hollywood-worthy questions such as 'do you dream?' and 'how would you define yourself?'
And then just hours after the Sinaloa cartel leader was detained by Mexican marines, the Rolling Stone published a lyrical 10,000-word account of their meeting.
Supposedly the entire 'clandestine horror show' - as Penn put it - was part of a research project to develop a Netflix-style drama about Guzmán and his prison break.
Though Penn insists he went to extreme lengths to hide the meeting from authorities, the details have sparked widespread speculation that he was in fact tapped by the CIA to locate the fugitive criminal - just as screenwriters were enlisted to make Argo to free US hostages in Iran in 1979.
BIZARRE MOMENTS IN SEAN PENN'S SEVEN-HOUR CHAT WITH EL CHAPO
1. Sean Penn admits he has never learned how to use a laptop computer.
'At 55 years old, I've never learned to use a laptop. Do they still make laptops?'
2. Penn thought his penis might get chopped off.
'D**k in hand, I do consider it among my body parts vulnerable to the knives of irrational narco types, and take a fond last look, before tucking it back into my pants.'
3. Penn has a drunken day dream about a drone.
'I look to the sky and wonder how funny it would be if there were a weaponized drone above us. We are in a clearing, sitting right out in the open. I down the tequila, and the drone goes away.'
4. El Chapo still isn't keen on Donald Trump.
'I mention Trump. El Chapo smiles, ironically saying, "Ah! Mi amigo!"'
5. For some reason, Penn doesn't want to smile in a photograph with El Chapo.
'I explain that, for authentication purposes, it would be best if we are shaking hands, looking into the camera, but not smiling.'
6. Penn compares El Chapo to a superhero for putting on body armor and picking up a gun.
'Following this Clark Kent-into-Superman extravaganza.'
7. Penn offers to snuggle up to an associate of El Chapo.
'"Listen, man. You don't have to sleep on that couch. The bed's big. We can talk and cuddle."'
8. Penn's flatulence in front of El Chapo.
'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.'