Hey Arizona, Don’t Mess With This Mexican: Robert Rodriquez’s Political ‘Machete’ Trailer (Video)

Here’s writer/director Robert Rodriquez’s “special Cinco de Mayo message to Arizona” cut from his upcoming film Machete. Yeah I wouldn’t mess with Danny Trejo, don’t know about you or the folks in Arizona…

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  • http://www.theamericanbookofthedead.com Henry Baum

    This was Fox's headline: Violent Movie Declares War on Arizona for Immigration Law

    • Word Eater

      He's not even kidding.

      • WOW

        that's what the trailer just did did you watch the video at the top of the page? Seriously

        • Word Eater

          It is set in Texas and the filming ended a year ago. It has nothing to do with Arizona or what is happening in Arizona.

          The trailer takes a controversial issue and latches on to it because it is an exploitation film and that is what exploitation films are good at: controversy.

          The movie was created as a theoretical “what if” and, luckily for Rodriguez, a real-life situation has come up that some see as paralleling the movie (a state declares war on illegal immigrants). This is PR gold that could not be bought at any price.

          Can you deny that Fox News is guilty of the same sort of aggrandizing of an otherwise intentionally silly situation? An exploitative headline of “Violent movie declares war on Arizona for Immigration law” is intentionally hitting as many buzzwords and intelligence-shorting issues as it can. Fox is pandering to its audience just as much as Rodriguez and Fox' audience is much, much larger and has guns and likes to vote.

          How about “Director Robert Rodriguez Hypes new movie by taking advantage of controversial Arizona Immigration Law”? Way too boring.

          Maybe “Violent film encourages bloody Mexican uprising against oppressive Arizona government”? That would have been awesome.

    • WOW

      That is basically what the trailer at the top of the page JUST DID. Did you watch it?

  • Benito

    I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

    I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

    Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.

    • UNSANE

      its not equal, illegals have more rights and free shit than citizens. they should pay just as many taxes, and deal with the same shit we do if they wanna be here thats all.

      • Manny Furious

        The vast majority don't pay taxes because they don't make enough money to pay taxes. Have you ever been to a shanty town, Unsane? The vast majority of immigrants don't live in houses or apartments. They live in makeshift settlements, because they don't make enough money to live anywhere else.That's the same right you have, if you make less than, what is it, $7500/yr. And, besides, everytime they buy something they pay taxes on it.

        And, again, as I told you in another post, if they enjoy so many more freedoms and rights than you do, why don't you become one? Put your money where your mouth is. If your life is so shitty because, I don't know, you have to pay taxes or something, but still have enough money to pay rent, buy groceries, a computer and internet service (or do your parents pay for all of that and you're embarrassed and take it out on immigrants?), then trade all of that in for a shanty town and a job that pays less than minimum wage makes you work at least 12 hours/day, 6 days/week. Hey, at least you won't have to pay taxes, though, right?

        • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

          Nailed it…you rule.

      • Hadrian999

        i would like to hear about all these totally awesome perks and free stuff that comes with being a undocumented manual laborer.

      • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

        Oh for the carefree life of an immigrant…unburdened by the cruelties of flush toilets and clean water and air conditioning!! Luxuriating in the glorious sun for 12-14 hours a day and loving it so much that they practically have to chase him off the farm to get him to go home. Those lucky bastards.

  • AaronD

    If I wanted to divide Mexicans and Anglo Americans even more — thereby handing more power over to the police, state, and the private corporations that control them — I'd make a movie like this.

    • dumbsaint

      Yawn.
      Learn to have some fucking fun mate. Giving the world an awesome mexican anti-hero in spite of the tired sterotypes is going to build bridges if anything. It's all in fun, if you can't laugh at yourself and your culture then you deserve to be Machete-d

      • Hadrian999

        i was ecstatic when I first Danny Trejo was going to have a bad ass starring role,
        people need to lighten up and have some fun guess I'm not smart enough to see everything as an
        us vs. them culture war like the visionaries at fox news

  • E.B. Wolf

    I've been hoping he was gonna make this movie since I saw the trailer in Grindhouse.

    Any aspiring filmmaker who doesn't want to sell out to “Big Hollywood” should check out the history of Rodriguez' career.

    P.S. it's irrelevant to the social and political context of the article; but Danny Trejo is the man!

  • Benito

    “All Men are created equal”! The founders had it right, when attempting to form a perfect union and they also knew that they were not there yet but knew we one day would get there. Lincoln moved us forward as did JFK and LBJ. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

    It is my contention that this AZ law is not constitutional and will fail when challenged (unless they add more amendments), pretty funny for this so called perfect law. Why hitch your wagon to this dead white elephant? I do not understand.

    • Debate that

      Did you know you can be detained, searched and held for probable cause any where in the US??? Is it not already illegal to be a illegal immigrant? I know a bit redundant right …. the state enforcing a law that already existed. I know i am acting like i am talking to 3ed graders i kinda feel that way too. Now that i am done being an ass c'mon debate that!!!

      • WOW

        Funny no one will go after this one!!!!

        • Tuna Ghost

          Likely because no one has any idea what point you're attempting to make

  • http://kindleaccessories.us william brown

    Looks like the most effective way of dealing with the us immigration south of the border problem

  • Tuna Ghost

    Likely because no one has any idea what point you’re attempting to make

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