Backstage Matt Damon came to Penn’s defense, saying: “Actors do this all the time, I’m sure he did it for creative reasons.”
Star Wars actor and Golden Globe nominee Oscar Isaac also defended Penn, saying backstage: “I think it’s pretty cool. It’s a fascinating thing that he got to do that and got to get some incredible details about the story of this man. Doesn’t sound like a very nice guy, but it’s a fascinating story about a human experience.”
Host Ricky Gervais said in the opening monologue: “I just want to get this monologue over and go into hiding. No one will find me not even Sean Penn. Snitch.”
Mexican actor, Gael Garcia Bernal, who won for Best Actor in his role in Mozart in the Jungle, told Variety: It’s so recent, and me as a Mexican, it’s hard to talk about this subject because it’s a subject that’s very important to me and there are dead people involved. I haven’t read it.”
Comic Aziz Ansari, who is of Indian heritage, joked with Variety about the possibility of an 'El Chapo' biopic. He said: "I’m trying to get my dad to play El Chapo. There’s an ethnicity conflict but I’d love to see him in that film.”
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was captured on Friday and is currently in the process of being extradited to the U.S. from Mexico.
‘El Chapo’ escaped from a Mexican prison six months ago and has been on the run.
In October, Penn met with ‘El Chapo’ for the interview. Mexican and U.S. officials say they are investigating Penn's meeting with Guzman. The magazine and the actor issued no comment Sunday.