Five Favorite Films with Danny Trejo

The star of Machete also talks about a sequel and working on a daytime soap.

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Danny Trejo

One of the most notable and recognizable "that guy" actors in Hollywood, Danny Trejo has appeared in countless movies and TV shows, doing everything from broad comedy (Bubble Boy) to action (Con Air, xXx) to children's movies (Spy Kids) to voice work on TV (King of the Hill) and even video games (Grand Theft Auto: Vice City). He's shared screen time with some of the biggest stars, including George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Robert De Niro, and Harrison Ford, just to name a few, and discovered he was second cousin to director Robert Rodriguez while the two were working on Rodriguez's 1995 film Desperado. Last year alone, in fact, Trejo acted in two high profile (and well-received) action films attached to Rodriguez: Predators, which Rodriguez produced, and Machete, which Rodriguez directed.

With the Certified Fresh Machete hitting video store shelves just last week, we were lucky enough to sit and chat with Trejo, who gave us his Five Favorite Films and went on to talk about working with people he admires, a Machete sequel, and his appearance on a certain daytime soap opera. Read on for the full interview!

The Searchers (1956, 98% Tomatometer)
The Searchers

John Wayne in The Searchers, which is a great movie.

Death Wish (1974, 70% Tomatometer)
Death Wish

Charles Bronson in Death Wish. Oh, I loved it. I was in Death Wish 4. In fact, that was the first time I had a name in a movie, which was Art Sanella. Most of the time I was "Inmate #1," you know what I mean?

Animal Factory (2000, 81% Tomatometer)
Animal Factory

There was a movie called Animal Factory; it was [written] by Eddie Bunker, and it was directed by Steve Buscemi. It's probably the best prison movie that's ever been made. It's unbelievable. I actually helped produce that. Eddie had the script, was running around with it for a while, and then gave it to me and said, "See what you can do with it." I remember handing it to Steve Buscemi on Con Air, and I said, "Here, Steve. Read this or I'll kill you." [laughs] And he read it. He loved it, but he said, "Danny, there's nothing really in it for me," and I said, "No, no, no, we want you to direct it." So he got Willem Dafoe, and when he got Willem Dafoe, everybody else kind of jumped on it.

Dirty Harry (1971, 95% Tomatometer)
Dirty Harry

Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry, of course. [laughs]

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968, 98% Tomatometer)
Once Upon a Time in the West

There's another western that I really love, with Charles Bronson. It's called Once Upon A Time in the West. I love westerns. You know, Eastwood, Bronson, Henry Fonda, they were the best for westerns.

Next, Danny Trejo on working with big names, a possible Machete sequel, and appearing on a daytime soap.