Actor Danny Trejo and writer-director Robert Rodriguez have worked together since the days of Rodriguez’s Desperado, where Trejo played knife-wielding bad guy Navajas.
During the shooting of that film, Rodriguez mentioned to Trejo the idea of a movie based on a Mexican superhero he created named Machete, who also has an arsenal of sharp objects at his disposal.
Over a decade later Rodriguez brought his superhero to life when he spent three weeks shooting a fake Machete trailer, which ran in 2007’s Grindhouse. The trailer became one of the most popular segments in the film, so much so that when Trejo was in England after the film’s release he saw guys with Machete tattooed on their backs. After seeing his likeness permanently inked on skin, Trejo e-mailed Rodriguez from England, saying, “We better make this movie.”