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Did El Chapo discuss a biopic with DiCaprio while on the run?

Mexican drug lord El Chapo reportedly spoke to movie producers regarding a future biopic on his life. Leornardo DiCaprio was previously linked to the film.

hollywood Updated: Jan 09, 2016 14:44 IST
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Mexico City :Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by army soldiers to a waiting helicopter, at a federal hangar in Mexico City.(AP)

Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman sought to make a biopic while he was on the run, going as far as contacting producers, authorities said following his arrest Friday.

Guzman was recaptured in his home state of Sinaloa, six months after his Hollywood-like escape from a maximum-security prison near Mexico City.

Read: Months after prison break, Mexico recaptures drug lord ‘El Chapo’

The manhunt led authorities back to Sinaloa and neighbouring states, where Guzman is revered as a sort of Robin Hood figure despite his Sinaloa drug cartel’s notorious violence.

Attorney General Arely Gomez said an “important aspect that allowed us to locate him was that we discovered Guzman’s intention to make a biographical film, for which he established contact with actresses and producers.”

This photo shows the shower area where authorities claim drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman slipped into a tunnel to escape from his prison cell at the Altiplano maximum security prison, in Almoloya, west of Mexico City. (AFP)

“The follow-up work allowed us to document meetings between attorneys of the now-detainee and these people,” she said. Gomez did not provide more details, but she said the matter was part of a new line of investigation into Guzman’s escape.

Read: Leonardo DiCaprio to star in film on Mexican drug lord El Chapo

His July 11 prison break, in which he fled through an elaborate tunnel, has already inspired a Mexican production house, Dragon Films, which made a movie titled El Chapo: The Escape of the Century.

Mexican media said this week that the film will premiere on January 15.

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First Published: Jan 09, 2016 14:43 IST