Miami – Actor Danny Trejo returns to the big screen with "Machete Kills," a film directed by Robert Rodriguez and in which the actor again plays moviedom's first Latino action hero.
The feature film, which premieres this weekend in the U.S., has Lady Gaga in the all-star cast, something that came about almost by accident, the actor said Friday in an interview with Efe.
"I was in a tattoo store. I was telling Mark Mahoney that I was going to make 'Machete 2,' and Lady Gaga was there getting a tattoo and she said 'I want to be there!'" Trejo recalled.
"It's a movie with a lot of stars. The action doesn't stop. In the original, Jessica Alba and I killed about 15 men, and that was just the start," he told her.
Danny Trejo, 69, stars in "Machete Kills," Part 2 of the story about a former Mexican federal agent. "This movie is pure action. There's no drama. You're going to have fun," he said.
"Machete is a man who is out to find anything bad going on to try and make it right. In this movie, the (U.S.) government entrusts him with a job that really nobody can do," he said about the character's mission.
Moviegoers usually associated Danny Trejo with criminal characters, almost always the bad guy, until Machete showed up, the character that has allowed him to switch his image and, in the world of fiction, has turned him into a true savior of the United States.
In his opinion, Hollywood is moving away from the hackneyed Latino stereotypes and, as an example, noted the niche that Hispanic celebs like Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas have carved for themselves in the movie mecca.
The 69-year-old actor praised the work of Robert Rodriguez, defining him as a director who throughout his career has worked to erase the old perception of Latinos that the movie industry sometimes continues to reflect.