BRING­ING PAST INTO PER­SONA

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

Un­like most movie bad guys, Danny Trejo – star of Des­per­ado, Con Air and Ma­chete – is the real deal. The 71-year-old ac­tor spent 11 years in the San Quentin and Soledad state pris­ons on drug and rob­bery charges in the 1960s and early 70s. But af­ter nar­rowly es­cap­ing the death penalty he found God, joined AA and turned his life around. Ever since he’s worked hard to help oth­ers do the same.

“I re­alised I had to ded­i­cate my life to help­ing other peo­ple stay out and that’s what I’ve done – I still do it,” he says. “And karma keeps com­ing my way.”

Trejo be­came an ac­ci­den­tal movie star in 1985, when one of the ac­tors he was spon­sor­ing asked him to help him avoid temp­ta­tion on the co­caine fu­elled Jon Voigt film Run­away Train, and ended up with a small role in the film. He’s now starred in more than 270 films, and has an as­ton­ish­ing 29 cur­rently in var­i­ous stages of pro­duc­tion.

His longest and great­est col­lab­o­ra­tion has been with di­rec­tor Robert Ro­driguez who cast him in 1993 in Des­per­ado.

“I walked into his of­fice and he said ‘boy, you look like the bad guys at my high school’. I said ‘I am the bad guys in your high school’ and we hit it off.”

They’ve since worked on Once Upon a Time In Mex­ico, the Spy Kids films, the From Dusk Till Dawn se­ries and the fake Ma­chete trailer for Grind­house which be­came an ac­tual movie in 2010.

Se­quel Ma­chete Kills came out in 2013, and it fea­tured an­other hi­lar­i­ous trailer for “com­ing at­trac­tion”: Ma­chete Kills Again … In Space.

When Ro­driguez turned his film fran­chise From Dusk Till Dawn into a TV se­ries, it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore Trejo ap­peared. In­stead of repris­ing his bar­tender char­ac­ter from the films, he’s an even more badass char­ac­ter called The Reg­u­la­tor.

“I come back from the dead to ter­rorise ev­ery­body – even the vam­pires are scared of me.”

Danny Trejo in

Ma­chete.

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