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Sean Penn certainly knows how to make the news.

Penn interviewed Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman during a secret meeting in October 2015, and in the light of Guzman's recent arrest, Rolling Stone has just published Penn's article about their meeting.

The interview lasted seven hours, and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, who helped put the two in touch, acted as the translator. A Mexican federal law enforcement official told the Associated Press that Penn’s interview was what eventually led authorities to Guzmann, who escaped a maximum security prison back in July.

Guzman told Penn he supplied “more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world,” and Penn reflected on the differences between their lives.

“At four years old, in '64, I was digging for imaginary treasures, unneeded, in my parents' middleclass American backyard while he was hand-drawing fantasy pesos that, if real, might be the only path for he and his family to dream beyond peasant farming,” Penn wrote. “And while I was surfing the waves of Malibu at age nine, he was already working in the marijuana and poppy fields of the remote mountains of Sinaloa, Mexico. Today, he runs the biggest international drug cartel the world has ever known, exceeding even that of Pablo Escobar.”

Interestingly enough, right as that article was published, Penn was hosting an event for his charity, Help Haiti Home. A number of famous faces attended the gala, and not only did Madonna perform, but she also declared her love for the actor. Don't tell us these two are reuniting! Because it certainly seems that way: