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El Chapo cracks smile as actor who played him attends trial

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 14: Alejandro Edda attends Netflix's 'Narcos: Mexico' Season 1 Premiere at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on November 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — The actor who played the notorious drug lord known as El Chapo on a Netflix series has made a cameo as a spectator at the kingpin’s U.S. trial.Alejandro Edda showed up early Monday to get a seat in a packed courtroom where Joaquin Guzman is fighting drug-trafficking charges. Guzman cracked a smile when the “Narcos: Mexico” star was pointed out to him.

Jurors have heard testimony that would make Guzman’s reaction understandable. Cooperators who spent time with him during his heyday said he often spoke about wanting to see either a movie or book made about his life story.

Last week, a former Guzman assistant testified that he witnessed the defendant viciously torture his enemies before they were killed. He was one of the government’s final witnesses.

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