In a recent interview with Deadline, posted on the company’s Twitter account, Rodriguez was asked about “Machete Kills Again.” He related how Trejo, 78, still makes public appearances and still does informal polls of his crowds, asking them if they’d still be interested. Rodriguez may be as well, saying:
“Danny calls me all the time. He films the whole audience that he’s speaking to, and they’re all saying ‘Machete in Space!’ And then he turns the phone around and looks at me and goes [Rodriguez mugs]. That’s why I put a fake trailer for that on “Machete 2.” To kind of satisfy you. ‘Okay, this is pretty much what it would look like, but you can see it in two minutes rather than in two hours.’ And it never satisfies them. It never satisfies them. So we have to do one.”
Rodriguez also pointed out that he originally never intended to make “Machete” as a feature, but fan reaction was so overwhelming. He said that, on the Blu-ray for “Planet Terror,” he included live footage of audiences reacting to “Machete,” and pointed out that the cheers drowned out the audio. Rodriguez continued:
“They would bug us for five years: ‘When’s that movie coming out?’ I said it was a fake trailer. ‘No! But it looked real! When is it coming out?’ So, we gotta make it for ’em. So five years later I made that movie. It wasn’t meant to be a film. The audience just wanted it. So we have to give it to them. Because when someone wants something that bad … I’ve never had that with any movie before. And now, everyone is still ‘Machete in Space!’ You can’t give ’em enough!”
If audiences want it enough, Rodriguez will step to. And, yes, Trejo will show up. It may just be a matter of time.