The limelight, man. It’ll chew you up and spit you out. No one knows this better than Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the notorious drug cartel king who was finally arrested this week after months on the lam.

According to multiple reports, the cocaine kingpin was captured in the town of Los Mochis after trying to have a biopic made about his own life, and gave up his location after contacting producers and actresses for the film.

According to the Guardian, the 57-year-old kingpin started trying to make the film after his escape from prison last July, and reportedly wanted his own version of the Netflix series “Narcos,” based on the life of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

“He established communication with actors and producers, which formed a new line of investigation,” Mexico’s attorney general Arely Gómez said. His communications with actors and producers allowed investigators to track him down, she said.

After he was captured, El Chapo was taken back to the same maximum security prison in Altiplano that he escaped from last year through a mile-long underground tunnel. The fate of his biopic, however, has not been revealed.

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