Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as El Chapo made a daring, yet tender attempt to recreate the final scene of Shawshank Redemption (2014). His fun twist on the old classic finale was received with mixed reviews. Some critics say the tunnel-escape was a ruse planned to distract the general public from the most prominent drug lord evading prison, but true connoisseurs of theatre know that the performance a homage to a highly underrated movie with like only a 9.3 on IMDb and like is fucking sick how have you NOT seen it bro?
A passerby described it as having “Astonishing similarities to the character birthed within the rich words of Stephen King, but there wasn’t quite the same sense of self-realization and revitalisation. There also wasn’t a Morgan Freeman, I love that guy.”
The Mexican armed squad decidedly enjoyed Guzman’s take on Andy Dufresne (Shawshank Redemtion,1994), however complaints were raised in response to him not taking the scene to the quite the physical depth. The leading officer pointed out specifically the part where he didn’t remain free, was captured, and incarcerated again. He described the performance as having “Interesting social and political commentary while resonating with the emotional undertones of a man experiencing the revival of the human spirit, what freedom means, but a basically a huge fuck up.”
Guzman was interviewed after the show, though his spirits did not seem to reflect the weight of his theatrical accomplishments, he did seem deeply moved by something. Sure, yeah, El Chapo maybe the most powerful man in control of one of the largest drug exports in the world, but what about the power of theatrical arts?