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Sean Penn's 'El Chapo' Interview Was The Talk Of The Golden Globes

One studio exec called the actor "a moron."

It's a new year, so Sean Penn apparently needs to stir up controversy, again.

Many criticized the actor following the publication of his interview with notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Saturday in Rolling Stone magazine.

UPDATE: Penn told the Associated Press via email Monday that he has "nothin' to hide" after photos surfaced showing that he was under surveillance when he arrived in Mexico.

Penn's at-times rambling essay was published with the caveat that Guzman could read it before publication, even though he didn't ask for any changes, the magazine wrote on its website.

Allowing a subject to approve a story before its publication is a journalistic no-no. This sort of revelation discredits the whole story, according to Society of Professional Journalists chair Andrew Seaman.

"The writer, who in this case is an actor and activist, may write the story in a more favourable light and omit unflattering facts in an attempt to not to be rejected," he wrote in a blog post.

A Mexican official told the Associated Press Penn's October interview led them to Guzman's hideout, but the fugitive had managed to escape.

But authorities said the actor's contacts with "El Chapo" did eventually help lead to the drug kingpin's capture Friday.

Guzman faces possible extradition to the U.S., and unsurprisingly, The White House wasn't a fan of the interview. Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told CNN Guzman's remarks were "maddening." Penn is reportedly under investigation by Mexican authorities.

Many at Sunday's Golden Globes also had a lot of opinions on the topic. One studio exec told Entertainment Weekly the actor was "a moron." Host Ricky Gervais even slipped a joke in reference to Penn into his opening monologue, calling him a "snitch."

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