Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, best known in the US for her role in Weeds, has shocked Mexico with praise for Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin Guzman. In an open letter slamming the Catholic church, the media, and the Mexican government, Castillo—who played a drug boss in the Telemundo hit La Reina del Sur—said she finds Guzman more credible than "governments that hide truths from me, even when they are painful ones," the Los Angeles Times reports.
Addressing the billionaire drug lord directly, she asks him: "Wouldn't it be really cool if you started trafficking for the good?" She suggests he "traffic with corrupt politicians, not women and children who end up as slaves," telling him to "go for it, sir. You would be the hero of heroes." Castillo's remarks, made on the same day that US authorities declared Guzman to be the world's most powerful drug trafficker, have sparked debate in Mexico and beyond, with Ricky Martin among several celebrities expressing support for her, CNN notes.