Enjoy Robert Rodriguez's Totally Badass 'Illegal' Trailer for 'Machete'

May 5, 2010
Source: Ain't It Cool News

Machete Trailer

Over on Ain't It Cool News, Robert Rodriguez has premiered a brand new "illegal" trailer for Machete starring Danny Trejo. The crazy part is that Rodriguez got away with adding a "Cinco De Mayo Message for Arizona" that just so happens to perfectly tie in with the political madness that is occurring in Arizona in real-life right now. It's kind of eerie that it all ties in, but that kind of makes this so much more awesome to see. Rodriguez really is on top of some brilliant marketing ideas recently between this and Predators and I hope he keeps it up, cause this is just badass. Grindhouse at it's best! You've got to watch this, so fire it up.

Watch the new "illegal" trailer for Robert Rodriguez's Machete from YouTube:

After being betrayed by the organization who hired him, an ex-Federale known as Machete (Danny Trejo) launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss. Jessica Alba looks pretty damn cool, too.

Machete is co-directed by both Robert Rodriguez and his long-time editor Ethan Maniquis as his very first directorial debut. The screenplay was written by Robert Rodriguez and is an expanded version of the "fake" Machete trailer Rodriguez made for the release of Grindhouse in 2007. He finally got a greenlight last year and shot this down in Austin, TX last year with quite an impressive cast. 20th Century Fox will be bringing Machete to theaters on Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd this fall. I can't wait to see this. Who else?

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This looks to be one of those "its so bad that it is good" kind of flicks.

Shige on May 5, 2010


@1 No. It's one of those movies that is so bad that hipsters will go see it and it'll wind up in the walmart discount bin at the waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay bottom. Passing on this so hard it hurts.

Angry Chief on May 5, 2010


Fucking sweet!!! Can't wait for this!

tra la la la la di da on May 5, 2010


For those of you passing on it. It's a film not meant to be taken seriously in the slightest. It started out as a joke trailer and now it's a joke movie. Sorry it's not artsy enough for you, take it for what it is and leave it at that. This isn't an oscar piece it's a fucking funny movie that will deliver to the audience it's intended to.

Movieraider321 on May 5, 2010



ocp on May 5, 2010


Trying way too hard to be in cool town it passes it and ends up in cringe city

harv on May 5, 2010


Not even kidding, this is the most exciting trailer I have ever seen. This movie knows exactly what it is and the casting couldnt have been better. Don Johnson? STEVEN FUCKIN SEAGAL? Bobby DeNiro? It wows in all of the right ways from the hilarity to over-the-top 70's B movieness.

L on May 5, 2010


Anything with Danny Trejo in it is automatically cool

Metatasian on May 5, 2010


Take that Arizona!

TediusTed on May 5, 2010


WOW...totally blown away, very nice.



I don't like this type of old movie low budget filming. I prefer more modern and metalic sounds like transformers.

qweqwu on May 5, 2010


This looks even better than I expected it to be! Amazing cast and lots of brainless action! So sold!

Patrick on May 5, 2010


What the

Darunia on May 5, 2010


That looks terrible, I wouldn't even stream over netflix.

Atomic Popcorn on May 5, 2010


Unbelievably, I still haven't seen the Tarantino/Rodriguez Grindhouse movies. Having said that, this looks crazy. And Jeff Fahey and Robert De Niro in the same scene - who'd have thunk it!

Bash on May 5, 2010


Outstanding! I can't fucking wait!

James on May 5, 2010


Where the fuck is my blue avatar?

LOL on May 5, 2010


Finally! Wow! Totally epic!!

Moutchy on May 5, 2010


Elle Oh Elle. That was hilarious. "We didn't cross the border...the border crossed us!" Was that a take on Denzel Washington's "Plymouth Rock" line from Malcolm X?

Nada Nuff on May 5, 2010


This will be so epic, hope on the same level as Planet Terror. Oh and guys its supposed to look "bad" its a throw back explotation film, do some research 😉

Jacob Crim on May 5, 2010


Looks good...I hope the action sequences arent too cheesy

Trey M on May 5, 2010


Hoo ah, this is going to be fun. I damn near fell out of my chair at the "Introducing: Don Jonhson" part. Only Rodriquez can do "ensemble" movies without making it actually feel forced. Can't wait for September 3rd!

Delvis on May 5, 2010


The original Grindhouse version, of this trailer was waaaaaay better. The shoehorning in of so-called up-to-date current events makes it feel like a high school drama club production.

Dave Lister, J.M.C. on May 5, 2010


Damn, I just can't stop hating Michelle Rodriguez.

pleasepleaseplease on May 5, 2010


Totally agree with Dave. I really dug the old trailer in the original Grindhouse - this one, while fun looking, lost me because it decided to grab onto the Arizona issue. Way to screw it up, Rodriguez.

Klinger on May 5, 2010


That is Lapidis!! The pilot from Lost! Damn! The trailer looks good!

Ron on May 5, 2010


Would have been totally bad ass if they would have left the Arizona bullshit out. Can't I see a fucking movie without having to deal with reality for a bit? That is the point, right?

ash on May 5, 2010


This looks pretty sweet... but I'm worried it will super slow AND NOT HAVE ENOUGH CARNAGE

P@ on May 5, 2010


Oh hell yeah; I couldn't be more excited.

ultramanj on May 5, 2010


This movie is going to be fucking great, cant wait to see it

Delfo on May 5, 2010


I feel like they wanted the trailer to feel and look the way it did, but this has some badass people in it so i'll be watching this.

Duck on May 5, 2010


Viva Machete! Looks great.

Crapola on May 5, 2010


WTF? This looks amazing! All the actors look like they're having a ball. Can't believe the haters on this site. Danny Trejo rocks. I bet Deniro is in it because of him, from when they did "Heat"

BigZero on May 5, 2010


Yes yes and YES!!

Dan W on May 5, 2010


THIS LOOK INCREDIBLE!!! hahaha its gonna be so funny!

ben chacko on May 5, 2010


For more Don Johnson awesomeness check out Dead Bang a little pearl from his peak,

Loser on May 5, 2010


haha sweet 🙂 looks awzome 🙂 , love when he opens his trench coat full of Machettes 🙂

DaftPUNKFAN on May 5, 2010


people who say it looks corny or terrible, just dont get it. They obviously have never seen any cheesy campy horror flicks etc, or even the Black dynamite that came out a year or two ago. This movie is made to be campy thats why its good !!!

Aesthetictheory on May 5, 2010


wow, seeing this movie is going to be an amazingly fun time

Rick on May 5, 2010


laughed my ass off sooooo hard that was so bad ass cant wait!

taylor on May 5, 2010


I live in Arizona, and i can tell you it is freaky how relevant this movie is! this is like a ww2 propoganda film. With way more T&A. This looks brilliant. Even though I support the Bill, I will still see this

indyjack86 on May 5, 2010


Lol while I'm not particularly interested in this myself, it amuses me to no end reading the comments here saying how bad it'll suck because it tries to be cool. At least I know what the movie is trying to be, and then you get people on here saying "it'll be so bad its good," or "it's one of those movies so bad that hipsters will go see it... bla bla bla." People.... *shakes head*

Chazzy O on May 5, 2010


This is fucking great, awesome cast, just awesome...anyone who hates on it probably didnt see the short in front of grindhouse. I just hope this isnt some BS political-immigration message like some of the trailer gave off.

Cody w on May 5, 2010


wow...there are no words to describe how lame. Hey at least there is someone out there lookin out for all the illegal aliens....ridiculous.

one on May 5, 2010


DeNiro and Trejo together again. This looks like a fun ride. I can't believe so many of the comments are in support of Arizona. I will see this. @11 - LOL, that made my day.

Bob Dylan on May 5, 2010


Steven Segal? Robert Deniro? Honestly anyone who thinks this looks lame obviously does not like their movies to be entertaining.

SkaOreo on May 5, 2010


Wow...up until today I firmly believed that any normal nation has the right to control who enters their country but after seeing this trailer I realize how wrong I've been and that the US should allow anyone to enter. Well only if you're Latino I white, asian and black folk from Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia still have to play by the rules. Thanks for showing me the error of my ways Robert. All this time I looked at countries in Asia and Europe as a model of how one should control their borders...I guess those progressive countries are in fact dead wrong...the correct way is to allow anyone who is Latino to simply enter at will without any documentation or any assurance that they will pay taxes, follow our laws and not milk the system. I now know that wanting them to play by the rules that other immigrants follow is racist of me... /sarcasm

Geoff on May 5, 2010


SO FUNNY! anyone who dares to think this is something serious (and based on that make a review is TOTALLY wrong. It whould be as it is: a mockery to have an awesome time at the movie theater!! Danny Trejo and Steven Segal fighting with machetes: priceless!! Can't wait to see it!!

leinergroove on May 5, 2010


Jajajaja. Espero verla pronto.

Roger on May 5, 2010


I will be going to the midnight showing of this kick ass looking movie with all my friends! ...But I don't need hollywood telling me what's "right" and "wrong" (ex: illegal immigration). Hollywood wouldn't know morals and what's right if it came up and kicked them in the crotch. P.S. frickin rule dude!

Jeep-Fu on May 5, 2010


So friggin stupid. I'll go see it for Lohan though. lol

Marty Martin on May 5, 2010


#47 Wow, I must've missed all the preaching in the trailer, they must've hidden it somewhere in between the explosions, shooting, and fighting with machetes... It's just a fun Mexploitation film, ffs.

Luis M on May 5, 2010


This looks completely retarded. Mexicans perpetuating mexican stereotypes. Rodriguez is like a latino version of tyler perry. And no that wasn't a compliment....

Ryan on May 5, 2010


these people on here really take films WAY to seriously. obviously this is not meant for an oscar worthy film or anything like that. i cant wait to see this film tho, looks nice. i like me sum kilin in movies and this looks like it doesnt disappoint a bit.

KING on May 5, 2010


Yeah I'm in. The pilot from Lost is in it, along with Alba and Rodriguez (Who is looking hot), Steven Segal, and Robert effing DeNiro as well! Danny Trejo is the ultimate badass!!!

Xerxex on May 5, 2010


Have Frank Lapidus fly every main character on Mexican Airlines flight 666 to some island off the caribbean have a wormhole erupt and make this movie 100xs better than this stinkin trailer. Looks like its on a flight set for FAIL!

Michael Transformababy on May 5, 2010


looked great sans the immigrant bullshit wont see it because of that

Rashad on May 5, 2010


STEVEN SEAGAL?!?!?!? WTF!!!!!!!

Urban Kirk on May 5, 2010


Agree with # 53, rodriguez has turned into a movie-whore, I use to respect the guy but then he created bullshit like from dusk til dawn and everything else....Mindless Cinema= Robert Rodriguez

Vic on May 5, 2010


I feel the need to express my feelings for this trailer in short, but strong words. FUCK YEAH

PropheT on May 5, 2010


did someone just write they would only see this for lohan? wow... standards. and anyone who's bagging on Arizona, quit watching the news and actually read the freaking immigration bill. Nothing changes! all that we ask is that if you do something stupid and you don't belong here. You pay a fine, and go home! ( whatever country that may be) that being said.... this movie still looks awesome.

indyjack86 on May 5, 2010


That was balls...they totally skipped the wife and daughter part though hahaha Still a good trailer

Jaf on May 5, 2010


Im still interested (loved the Grindhouse trailer) but this one didn't have exactly the same all around bad ass feel. It didn't overboard Bmovie itself, like the original trailer. Hopefully its just for marketing reasons. I also hate how politically charged it seems to be. Thats just stupid. "We didnt cross the boarder, THE BOARDER CROSSED US!" no. if you crossed into the crossed the boarder. stupid stupid stupid.

Al on May 5, 2010


looks awesome. yes, Rodriguez makes mindless entertainment.... god bless him. F*ck Arizona. buncha' redneck dumb asses. didn't learn their lesson with MLK's birthday.

karl-los Muertos on May 5, 2010


lol, a state law that simply gives state officials the right to enforce federal laws hardly warrants this kind of response... hardly, especially tasteless given how criminals have brutally been killing people on the border in an pandemic of cold blooded slaughter lately. Coyotes have hurt a lot of border jumpers as well as American citizens, I do not think we want to be taking their side. This cringe worthy attempt to dupe the idiot population in the US that ages between 15 and 21 will really just make a lot of people angry given that it is so dishonest. Jessica Alba still looks hot at least, really the only positive I can draw from this clusterf*ck of a sh*tfest.

chukmaty on May 5, 2010


Holy fucking awesome!

Eric on May 5, 2010


I.R.O.N.Y Please, look this up in a dictionary, you'll find one in your Local Library (the one with books, not the one with DVD's). Though I doubt it'll give the halfwits who JUST DON'T GET IT what they REALLY need.......what am I talking about? A.N E.D.U.C.A.T.I.O.N (Thought it best I spelt it out). Machete Will Be A.W.E.S.O.M.E

Barry on May 5, 2010


Nice. But it won't do well at all

movie mike on May 5, 2010


This looks totally like a 70's B-Movie exploitation flick. The only problem is everyone in the movie is an A-List actor. This looks like the greatest thing ever. I'm totally sold.

Zantorian on May 5, 2010


@23 What Are You Talking About? Its The Same Damn Plot. I Hope Now This Means I'll Get To See The "Werewolf Women Of The SS" and "Thanksgiving".lol

............... on May 5, 2010


FUCKIN' Danny Trejo! and DeNiro, wow! can't wait, should be the most kick ass movie since Kick Ass!

conner666 on May 5, 2010


Epicly amazingly sweet action AWESOME!

budbud on May 5, 2010


What's with all the machetes? Do they use those for landscaping, or cutting down crops on the farm? I kid...I KID!

Mega Jet Jaguar on May 5, 2010



Sakyo on May 5, 2010


# 70 - Indeed, I would love to see those movies as well! This movie looks fuckin insane! I can not wait for this to come out in theaters! Fuck Yeah!

Peace Love & GaGa on May 5, 2010


YESYESYESYESYESYESYESYES!!!!!!! Looks amazing... well, with the exception of Jessica Alba who is always terrible.

Kevin Baughman on May 5, 2010


Did you guys see the same trailer i did? this is fucking grindhouse. BADASS. Fukin steven fukin seagal. R u kidding me. And I think the style makes it more "artsy". Yours fucking truly, John Stamos

John Stamos on May 5, 2010


#65... Are you an idiot? In fact, anyone who thinks this movie was made because of the new illegal immigrant laws in Arizona, are you all retarded? How long do you think it takes to make a movie? Because it is a hell of a lot longer than 1-2 weeks! This was being made long before those laws, it isn't made because of them. Use your brains you damn rednecks. The plot of this film first surfaced in 2007, perhaps you should take the time to read the two small paragraphs at the top, or is that too much for you? On another note, I am freaking amp'd for this film! Hope that it comes out in theatres here, otherwise I am getting it on dvd and getting my friend who works in a cinema to show it on a big screen via dvd projector. KEEEEEEN!

Sam Doyle on May 5, 2010


^^^ Wait huh? Uncle Jesse? You read Firstshowing?!

peloquin on May 5, 2010


holy hell thank you god:)

pulp fiction212 on May 5, 2010


American people have RAMBO, and us Mexicans have MACHETE!!!!!!!! Can't wait 2 see this fuckin' flick!!!

pimpdawg on May 5, 2010


This looks fucking horrible, plain and simple.

tainter on May 5, 2010


Looks sort of boring... The ibook destroyed the feel of it too. The Steven Seagal bit made me smile though.

ryderup on May 5, 2010


wow. this just looks bad... Seriously sick of political movies. This movie will make dump like the grind house flicks and rodriquez career will sink even further south, since he hasn't had an Inglorious Basters to bring him back into Hollywoods good graces. Fuck em. Should have made a better movie.

harm on May 5, 2010



Alex Morrison on May 6, 2010


Leave the politics to the politicians Hollywood - other than that - bad ass.

bozo on May 6, 2010


The law in Arizona mimics the federal law that the federal government sporadically enforces. If you drive between Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas there are federal border guards that stop you and ask you questions. I've been in the lines and seen them take cars full of people and arrest them. But now that a state is going to enforce the law within its borders everyones' pissed off. If you don't live in Arizona and don't live through the crap that illegals cause in this state, you have no right to criticize. It isn't a racial issue - it is a legal issue. Buy the way, I'm hispanic.

J. Hernadez on May 6, 2010


Robert Rodriguez has worked in the past with Quentin Tarantino, I'm guessing a total Tarantino approach to this movie. Its also the second time De Niro and Tarantino work together, since Jackie Brown in 1997. Its also the first time Cheech Marin and Don Johnson work together in 15 years, since Tin Cup.

Voice123 - Trailer Voice Over on May 6, 2010


one of the best trailers i've ever seen, i love everything about it...

dandoo on May 6, 2010


I'm not getting my hopes up BUT I will be in line at the 12:01 showing

XXX on May 6, 2010


Hollywood - moral messages wrapped up in jokes littered with stars. yaaa

l.21 on May 6, 2010


I'm not sure whether I should like it or hate it. Looks very corny.

Ezza on May 6, 2010


this is a dream come true! and i can not believe how many of you only focused on the political JOKES they threw into the trailer and completely missed the revenge plot it self. THIS IS A REVENGE MOVIE NOT A POLITICAL MESSAGE people take a break from your world for awhile people and go live under a rock... it'll do ya all some good

DoomCanoe on May 6, 2010


I love Rodriguez! I can't wait for this one. on May 6, 2010


Get over yourselves you ef'n losers. Its a Mexploitation film and was made prior to AZ law. @65 what a clever, clever "Geoff" you must be to inform the public of your "sarcasm" Do you write your own material, do you? Because that is so fresh "/sarcasm" Any "lol"s or "=(" you want to throw at us. Thanks for enlightening the public. Oh wait you may need this to understand /sarcasm

1544K on May 7, 2010


i can't wait for machete 2. danny trejo vs chuck norris

gigolo on May 7, 2010


People go the the movies to get out of reality....If Rodriguez want to show his a pledge to Mexico he should understand that his millionaire fortune comes from America. He is free to make films in Mexico ....but first he must get a visa....if he wants to work in Mexico. This whole immigration issue is about Az. survival. Not racial fucking profiling. People come here for oppertunity & America has been a great host....well not we're broke & we need to first hewlp our own....that's all Az. is saying. Let them. How would you like it people crossing your land daily & then aiming at you ....then killing you & for meaness shooting you dog? Image that life. Help America first....then we'll take on more poor people...that is tehe American way. LOOKS LIKE A GOTTA SEE MOVIE!!....PULL THE POLITICAL MESSAGE.

Mateo on May 7, 2010


opps!...I shoulda spell check.

Mateo on May 7, 2010


Nothin' but haters on here. Michelle Rodriguez is an awesome chick.

uknowit on May 7, 2010


i love been one of your member as a gladiator

alvin on May 8, 2010


Hilarious trailer! Will def watch this. Reminds me of Latino Comedy Project's "300" trailer parody. Love Cheech's double shotguns.

Jerryu on May 8, 2010


Is Robert Rodriguez going to protest Israel's and Mexico's laws against illegal immigration? Mexico has the General Law on Population, which mandates that federal, local, and municipal police work with federal immigration authorities in arresting illegal immigrants. In Mexico, illegal immigration is a felony punished by up to 2 years in prison. Illegal aliens who are caught trying to reenter Mexico can be imprisoned for 10 years. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals. Where is the protest against these laws Robert Rodriguez?

Phil on May 10, 2010



jonny b on May 15, 2010


hahahahaha 😀 we have got ourselves yet another star infested sleeper cult hit 😀 first there was a filmless trailer then the trailer got to have a film and look at the cast aside from the fan fav Trejo De niro alba rodriguez johnson seagal marino this doesnt have to score great in the box office its intend is not to do good 😀 its is just there to deliver some intense kill scenes, explosions, corny love scenes, some bullets babes and booze. its there to let us escape from reality and sink in the corny realm of B action flicks 😀 just let your worries, comparison criterias go and enjoy..

Burak "D'aequitas" on May 19, 2010


What the hell is wrong with you people in here?? Grindhouse is one of the best and most under appreciated movies of all time. Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Eli Roth are beyond genius. I totally cannot wait for this movie. It looks awsome and also Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez look great... Wonder how Lindsey Lohan will look in this movie... Critics will love this no doubt but the Idiots >> (General Public) will turn it down.. why? cuz they are idiots!!!... I mean you all see stupid movies anyways.. the best movies are these and other low budget movies.. who cares about stupid action movies that have no plot that do well at the box office those movie blow. Bagman

bagman67 on May 20, 2010


You guys are all dumb. This isnt a real fucking movie, its a marketing pitch. All you people that are saying" ohh it looks so bad itll be good" or "this is a dumb flop hipsters will like it straight to dvd" you're making yourselves look stupid. Fucking Americans will believe anything.

Smart-Ass on Jun 1, 2010


@2 Hipsters? Hipsters won't watch this. Too visceral. They prefer to watch stuff that is so pretentious and boring you want to disembowel yourself... like "The Limits of Control."

DougTheBug on Jun 3, 2010


'Machete is co-directed by both Robert Rodriguez and his long-time editor Ethan Maniquis as his very first directorial debut.' 'his very first directorial debut' 'first directorial debut' Tautologies ftw!

Rob on Jun 7, 2010


Super Cheese! ><

Traci B on Jun 25, 2010


EVEN AS the staggeringly important, eerily relevant 60th anniversary of the KOREAN WAR is, AGAIN, 'mysteriously overlooked' ---Hollywood and media have lots and lots of time, talent and money readily available for still more circle-jerk, cokeheaded cultural incest and chain pulling ---like this. BTW ---we wonder just how much underpaid, unserviced, illegal labor the LONG RICH DeNiro is himself 'using' to run his Tribeca restaurant? ---SOMEONE GET ON IT! LOL

tiger tim on Sep 6, 2010

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