On Saturday, drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was captured in a near-seamless operation (reports say not a single shot was fired during the bust) in the Mexican resort city of Mazatlán, where the 59-year-old wanted man was allegedly enjoying some fun in the sun.
Guzman — one of the world’s richest outlaws and the head of a drug cartel responsible for a reported 25 percent of all illegal drugs brought into the United States via Mexico — had evaded capture for years. That is, unless you count a brief imprisonment in 2001, which ended when El Chapo — translated, the nickname means “Shorty” — escaped from Mexico’s maximum-security Puente Grande prison in a laundry cart or simply by walking out dressed as a policeman (depending on whether you believe Mexico’s official report; we’ll let you decide). El Chapo has lived a life full of crime, drugs, and sex (his wife is 20-something beauty queen Emma Coronel), and making a movie based on his life is the stuff screenwriters and action directors dream of.
And why not? El Chapo’s rags-to-riches story would be the perfect Oscar-bait movie (or Univision novela: The top-rated Spanish network announced in January it had ordered a 60-episode miniseries based on the drug lord). The 56-year-old — whom Forbes estimates is worth a whopping $1 billion — is the eldest of seven children born into a poor family in the rural town of La Tuna. The kingpin’s entry into the drug business began at age 15, when he began to grow his own marijuana for distribution. Now, the man known as “Public Enemy No. 1″ by Chicago authorities — a title that until now, was only used for Al Capone — may be close to a final chapter fit for the big screen, which begs the question: What would a movie based on his life look like? Beginning, of course, with a leading man worthy of El Chapo’s luxuriously thick handlebar mustache. READ FULL STORY