Later on in the trial the actor who played Guzman in the current Netflix series Narcos: Mexico showed up in court, and Guzman – who famously wanted a film of his life, and whose meeting to discuss it with Sean Penn is thought to have led to his capture – waved in delight at Alejandro Edda.
“I didn’t smile back. I was just paying respect to him,” said Edda. “I was shocked in a way. He has a very intense look. His eyes say a lot. He’s a bit intimidating.”
Some of the 56 witnesses the prosecution called also avoided eye contact.
Christian Rodriguez, a terrified-looking IT expert, testified how he had given the FBI access to all Guzman’s communications. He overheard a discussion about how “Chapo’s IT guy is working for the Americans,” and promptly fled for his life – he’s been in hiding, and electroshock therapy, ever since.