De la O relaxes during a pause in filming, in Tabio, Colombia.
AP Photo/Fernando Vergara
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The real Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is locked up in a New York cell. His fictional counterpart, however, is free and in top form in Colombia, where the Univision network and Netflix are filming a television series about his life. Guzman's re-arrest in 2016, after two dramatic prison escapes, has created such a bloody power struggle for his Sinaloa cartel in Mexico that the series' producers thought it would be safer to film in Colombia, the hemisphere's former epicenter of drug violence.At the time filming started, Guzman was still in Mexico and the series' location was shifted for security reasons, said producer Daniel Posada.Guzman earlier gave rights to his life story to Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, who arranged a secret 2015 meeting with the then-fugitive drug boss and actor Sean Penn.
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