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Happy Cinco de Mayo from Machete

Posted by Ty Burr  May 5, 2010 11:09 AM

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Maybe you remember Machete, the Mexican badass played by actor Danny Trejo in one of "Grindhouse"'s faux trailers? Maybe you know that director Robert Rodriguez is going the feature-length whole hog with the character for a release at the end of this summer? You probably don't know, though -- though you can certainly expect -- that Rodriguez has an opinion about Arizona's recently passed anti-immigration bill, and in honor of today's anniversary of the Battle of Puebla he has released a special "Machete" trailer. Bring it on, Robert: (Warning: one cuss word makes this NSFW)

Hoo-lawdy, look at that cast: Alba, Rodriguez, Segal, Lohan. "Introducing" Don Johnson. It even looks like DeNiro's doing more than punching the clock in this one. And it's refreshing to see the neo-grindhouse mindset take an actual stand, however muy macho, on an issue. So I don't really understand the whining of Josh Tyler over at CinemaBlend, who complains the trailer's political commentary is harshing his little buzz and that he just wants his "blood, guts, and boobies." Oy. Fanboy, meet real world; real world, fanboy. 

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