Action fans definitely recognise Danny Trejo's face. This rugged Latino has the look of a hardened thug, and Hollywood uses this advantage to the fullest, casting him in various villainous roles and eye-catching supporting parts. Con-Air, Desperado, Heat, xXx, and TV shows like Breaking Bad, are but a small fraction of his impressive resume. It wasn't until 2010's Machete, and its sequel Machete Kills, that he was turned into the main hero of a movie. Now in his 70s, Danny Trejo shows no sign of stopping and is now getting a documentary on his film career as well as his equally amazing personal life.
Trejo may look standoffish, but he's actually one of the nicest actors you could meet. A warm, welcoming guy with a sense of humour, he dedicates his time to helping at-risk youth and is also fine with working on student films with little to no pay just so aspiring filmmakers can have a big name attached to their work. His passion for helping young people is understandable once you realise that Trejo was a real life criminal during his youth and that he spent the first half of his life in and out of prison. Growing up in crime-addled Pacoima, California, he first used heroin at 12, went to jail at 15, and was sentenced to the infamous San Quentin at 23 after a busted drug deal. After finally quitting life as a criminal, he worked as a youth drug counsellor, and in 1985 got a chance to be Eric Roberts's boxing coach for the film Runaway Train. Screenwriter Edward Bunker, also an ex-convict, recognised Trejo, with whom he had done time at San Quentin, and introduced him to the film industry. The rest is action cinema history.
“Kids, once upon a time, there was a man named Machete who jumped off a building using another man’s intestines as a rope. Also, Drugs are bad.”