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Sean Penn in '60 Minutes' interview: 'El Chapo' article 'failed'

Sean Penn, in an interview with Charlie Rose to air on Sunday's "60 Minutes," says his controversial Rolling Stone piece on captured drug cartel leader "El Chapo" "failed" because it did not initiate a debate on U.S. drug policy. 

His blunt self-assessment came during the course of an interview in which Penn also said he was reasonably certain his October visit to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman did not lead the Mexican authorities to his hideout. Outtakes of the interview aired on "CBS This Morning."

Of the article -- an often rambling, discursive account of Penn's visit with the drug czar that was widely mocked on social media and which the magazine submitted to "El Chapo" for approval -- the actor said, "I have a regret that the entire discussion about this article ignores its purpose, which was to try to contribute to this discussion about the policy in the War on Drugs."

Penn said. "Let's go to the big picture of what we all want. 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 ... And how much time have they spent in the last week since this article come [sic] out, talking about that? One percent? I think that'd be generous."

Rose asked, "You're saying there's not much dialogue about ..."

"My article failed," Penn said.

"As a result of 'El Chapo'?" Rose asked.

"Let me be clear. My article has failed."


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