In “Machete Kills,” which opens Friday, Oct. 11 at movie theaters throughout the Valley, Trejo reprises his role as an anti-hero who, this time, is recruited by the U.S. government to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer (Mel Gibson) who looks to launch a weapon into space.
Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner's full interview with Trejo by clicking on the image in the upper left-hand corner of this article. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the actor discusses the theme of “Machete Kills” and how his past has helped him become a better actor - and human being.
“I think that the underlying message is that the bad guys never win. Good guys win. I just love that message. Anything else that you want to get out of it is up to you. But it deals with a lot of bad stuff and the bad guys lose. There are two kinds of people in the world. There are those who want to make a difference and those who are taking up space. I took up space for a long time [until] I decided that I wanted to make a difference.
“I have dedicated my life to helping other people. I'll help anybody. If the lady down the street is moving, I’ll help her move. Or if somebody gets sick, I’ll go mow their lawn for them. I don't care what it is. You have just got to help somebody and do that every day. They talk about karma. Good things start happening to you. Everything good that has happened to me has happened as a direct result of helping someone else.
“Because of where I have been, it is really easy for me to keep an attitude of gratitude. I have done movies where we have been in the desert and I hear people complaining, ‘It's too hot.’ And I say, ‘Wait a minute. We knew we were coming to the desert. We knew it was going to be hot.’ And I'll think, ‘Let me see. The fifth tier in San Quentin [State Prison] during the summer is a lot hotter than this.’ It’s all relative. So I’ll say, ‘I'll tell you what we’ll do. Give me some suntan lotion and let's all get tans.’” - Danny Trejo