Fans of Robert Rodriguez, the director of Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, the Spy Kids Trilogy, and Sin City have been anxiously awaiting Rodriguez’s next film (co directed with Ethan Maniquis), Machete. Machete (Cortez) is the name of the title character, being played by Danny Trejo in his first lead role. Danny Trejo is the Mexican-American badass actor that you have seen in Anaconda, xXx, Desperado, Heat, From Dusk till Dawn, Con Air, Spy Kids, The Devil’s Rejects, Grindhouse and Rob Zombie’s Halloween. Before making it in Hollywood as an actor, Trejo was a prisoner in San Quentin State Prison. While locked up he was the California State Champion in the lightweight and welterweight divisions. Alongside Trejo is an All-Star cast including Michelle Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Lindsay Lohan, Don Johnson, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal and Robert De Niro. The film was developed from a fake trailer Rodriguez directed for the 2007 film Grindhouse.
This is a super-action film that has heavy political and sociological overtones. The Arizona anti-immigration situation is on full blast in this film. As the film draws closer, expect more and more coverage about its violent message. (Especially being smeared by Faux News) The film is ultra-violent, and the “Mexican illegals” ain’t happy in it, and they are out for blood. Many are grilling Rodriguez about this film and how it relates to the sensitivity of the immigration issue.
In May, Rodriguez touched a nerve with some when he responded to Arizona’s controversial immigration law by releasing an “illegal” trailer for the film on website Ain’t It Cool News. The “illegal” trailer combined elements of the Machete trailer that appeared in Grindhouse with footage from the actual film. It implied that the film would be about Machete leading a revolt against anti-immigration politicians and border vigilantes. Several movie websites reported that it was the official teaser for the film. Rodriguez later on revealed the trailer was a joke, saying “it was Cinco de Mayo and I had too much tequila.”
This is the official movie trailer below:
Here is the “fake” trailer that was featured in Grindhouse: