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Contact With Hollywood Producer May Have Helped Snare 'El Chapo' Guzman

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    Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by army soldiers to a waiting helicopter, at a federal hangar in Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. The world's most wanted drug lord was recaptured by Mexican marines Friday, six months after he fled through a tunnel from a maximum secuirty prison in a made-for-Hollywood escape that deeply embarrassed the government and strained ties with the United States.

    Information from Hollywood producers may have led to the recapture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the drug kingpin who escaped from a Mexican prison in July.

    NBC News has learned from multiple U.S. sources that Hollywood production companies contacted the Justice Department expressing their interest in traveling to Mexico to research for a biopic of Guzman. At least one of those companies — and a well-known actor — were in touch with El Chapo associates.

    At least one source says information obtained from the Hollywood contacts led to Guzman’s recapture.

    Guzman escaped from a Mexican prison in July though a tunnel, but was recaptured on Friday.