Robert Rodriguez’s love affair with Danny Trejo knows no bounds, as the two continue to work together almost constantly, long after they used each other to make names for themselves in the early/mid-90’s.
Without going too far into the details, Machete is a revenge story that is Trejo at his most Trejo-iest. Spurned by a man who hired him to assassinate a senator, Nachete just goes around killing everyone. To pick this is as his most badass role would be a little too on the nose, as it’s completely over the top, but the fact remains that this caricature is based on most every role he’s played, which are in turn based on his real-life experiences. So it’s sorta like a copy of a copy, but if this bears any semblance to real life, he is a man that should probably not be crossed.
(Spoilers a-comin’) As hard core as Trejo’s characters are in life, they are taken to a new level in their deaths. Trejo characters kick the bucket in a fashion commensurate with how they live. Tortuga, a cartel associate-turned-snitch, seems to be living well off the DEA, but with a show like Breaking Bad, it’s clear that his days will be numbered.
The surprise is how numbered they actually are. Seemingly moments after we meet him, Tortuga is getting his block chopped off, then attached to a turtle, along with a bomb. Not bad. Well, bad for the turtle, but not so bad for fans of awesome Trejo deaths, which is to say, everyone.