Saturday, January 9, 2016

El Chapo's Desire to Have His Biopic Led to His Capture

With an ego like that he could be a politician.
From The Guardian:

Kingpin Joaquín Guzmán apparently fell victim to hubris six months after making elaborate escape from maximum-security prison
Captured cartel kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán appears to have been brought low in part by a yearning to have a biopic made about him, Mexico’s attorney general said on Friday as the country’s most wanted man was paraded in front of the media.

El Chapo has often occupied a larger-than-life place in the national imagination, an anti-hero in his home state of Sinaloa and the head of a criminal empire trafficking cocaine on almost every continent.

According to attorney general Arely Gómez, his narcissism knew no limits and he wanted to take his fame further, to the silver screen in the form of a biopic. It ultimately led to his re-capture on Friday in a tacky hotel in Los Mochis, a town of tomato growers on the Pacific Coast.

 Guzmán, who has twice escaped from prison, most recently in July 2015, had started the process of making a biopic on a life in which he went from rags to riches, from dropping out of school and selling oranges in the street to landing on the Forbes list of billionaires. It was as if he wanted his own version of “Narcos”, the popular Netflix series on the life of slain Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar – except while alive and able to influence the casting and script....MORE
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