Mexican actor and director Kuno Becker expressed support for his friend Kate del Castillo, under investigation for her ties to drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, saying it is wrong to judge her without knowing all the facts.
“I don’t think it’s very intelligent to talk from the outside, just based on gossip,” Becker said at press conference here Wednesday to promote a new short film he directed and wrote, “Secret Society.”
He said he had not yet had the chance to talk to Del Castillo, who is the target of a probe by Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office aimed at determining whether she received funds from the Sinaloa drug cartel for a boutique tequila brand she represents or for a proposed biopic on Guzman.
Del Castillo’s name surfaced in connection with Guzman on Jan. 9, a day after the drug lord was recaptured, when Rolling Stone magazine published an interview that American actor Sean Penn conducted with the drug lord in northwestern Mexico while he was a fugitive.
Penn said Del Castillo, who is best known for her lead role in the Spanish-language telenovela “La Reina del Sur” (The Queen of the South), arranged the meeting.
In 2012, the actress, who was born in Mexico but is an American citizen and lives in the United States, posted a message on Twitter expressing disgust with Mexico’s government and urging the drug lord to use his power and influence for the good of the country.
At Wednesday’s press conference, Becker provided some details about “Secret Society,” his third incursion into directing after a documentary film that was never screened and the feature-length action-thriller “Panic 5 Bravo.”
Filmed in just 13 hours and without audible dialogue, the short depicts a man’s attempts at seduction at a Mexico City nightclub.
He said the concept he was trying to convey was that of “staying in the same place, in balance,” even when people in one’s vicinity are making bad decisions.
“We live in a society of excess; it’s cool to be in balance,” the actor known for “Goal!” and its sequels said, adding that “as a society we need” to try to avoid harmful actions.
As long as the story helps a viewer to “think,” he said it would have achieved its purpose.
In the coming days, Becker will begin shooting a film about the catastrophic earthquake that battered Mexico City in 1985, a project that will feature spectacular special effects.
He said he had made thorough preparations for his second feature-length directorial effort out of a sense of “responsibility” toward the victims.