Robert Rodriguez Conceived ‘Machete’ In The ’90s, Has Trilogy Plans

MTV Movies Blog contributor and avid Danny Trejo enthusiast Josh Wigler is going to kill me for running this news instead of letting him have at it, but I got here first. Haw haw!

Y’all know Trejo, right? You’ve seen him before. In “xXx,” “Con Air,” “Anaconda,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” remake and just about every Robert Rodriguez movie in creation, up to and including “Grindhouse.” Trejo is currently in the midst of shooting “Predators” with director Nimrod Antal, but after that he’ll move onto his next Rodriguez collab, a project grown out of the mock trailer for “Machete” seen between the “Planet Terror” and “Death Proof” halves on “Grindhouse.” Shortly before the year turned, the actor took some time out to chat with IGN about his upcoming Rodriguez reunion.

“Robert had been training me for ’Machete’ since ’Desperado,'” Trejo said, explaining that the idea for the slasher horror trailer was born in the ’90s. It was, in fact, “a culmination of ’Desperado,’ ’Once Upon a Time in Mexico’… [and] a little bit of ’From Dusk Till Dawn.'”

The actor is very excited for “Machete,” and it’s hard to blame him. Between “Predators” and his starring role as the killer in the Rodriguez flick, 2010 is looking like it’s going to be a good year. “Machete” has attracted an incredible cast of supporting players, including Robert De Niro, who he appeared with in “Heat.” In the interview, Trejo describes his first day on set with the Oscar winner.

“You know, when I first saw Robert De Niro on the set, he came up and his first words to me were, ’Don’t leave me like this, Holmes.’ You know, that was my line in ’Heat.’ And I kind of laughed and he said, ’Man, Danny, I’m really proud of you. You’re the lead. This is it, this is you.’ And I looked him right in the eyes and I said, ’Can I get some coffee, Mr. De Niro?'”

I wonder if De Niro ever made good on Trejo’s request. Or if his character will survive “Machete” to appear in one of the two planned sequels. Rodriguez has a trilogy in mind, Trejo said, with the follow-ups to be titled “Machete Kills” and “Machete Kills Again.” If the low-budget look of the mock trailer is any indication of what we can expect to see in “Machete,” even a modest success for the first movie will give hope to any future installments.

Are you a fan of Trejo? Did you like the “Machete” trailer? How high are your hopes for the movie?