The alleged drug lord is currently on trial in Brooklyn, New York, where Cifuentes told the court about El Chapo’s filmmaking dreams.
Cifuentes said it was Chapo’s wife who first pointed out around 2007 that the media was already making money off his name. That information reportedly got him interested in also making some money off his growing fame.
The testimony by the former associate of Chapo (Born Joaquin Guzman) isn’t the first time the idea of the movie has been brought up publicly. Sean Penn’s infamous 2016 Rolling Stone feature detailed how El Chapo approached Mexican actress Kate del Castillo with a movie idea.
In the profile, El Chapo says, “I supply more h----n, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world. I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.”
El Chapo is facing a 17-count indictment that includes kidnapping, murder conspiracy, and drug trafficking.