By Michael Vass | May 7, 2010
Robert Rodriguez is a great film maker. I enjoy his work and am a fan. The same can be said about Danny Trejo. In fact the film Machete, which will be out later in the year, is something I’m looking forward to as it will be the first starring role for Danny Trejo, directed by Robert Rodriguez.
With that said, I’m not a fan of the political views of either man. Rodriguez put out an early “special dedication” movie trailer for his film just to address the new Arizona immigration law. It’s a cool movie trailer, but a piss poor political message.
Machete was made prior to all the political commotion about Arizona. So it will avoid a fatal flaw in movies from recent years. That flaw is when directors, writers, and actors decide that a film should be a political statement over entertainment. Films that do this NEVER make money and are generally seen by a handful of wacko extremists that share the same political viewpoint. The films tend to be about as entertaining as listening to Howard Cossell doing political science 101.
Robert Rodriguez and Danny Trejo don’t like the immigration law. I and roughly 60% of America don’t like criminals in our nation (illegal aliens are breaking the law being here, or did anyone forget what the document is that makes them “undocumented”). Fine. We disagree and there is no problem. I can’t wait to see the movie.
But if this becomes some kind of political rally call, rest assured that it will fail. Even if the film is great, for it’s genre. The backlash and controversy won’t make a dime in the U.S. Even fans of the actors: Cheech Marin, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Lindsey Lohan, Robert DeNiro, Jeff Fahey, Steven Segal, and Trejo will all abandon the film.
Politics is politics and film is supposed to be entertainment. They don’t mix, and that’s a good thing. I hope Robert Rodriguez realizes that before the film is due out and gets off his high horse. At least in regard to the film.