Danny Trejo, you know the man. He has fierce tattoos, and frequently plays a thug in your favorite movies. Behind the ink and the wicked characters he plays on screen lies the story of a ... See full summary »

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Danny Trejo, you know the man. He has fierce tattoos, and frequently plays a thug in your favorite movies. Behind the ink and the wicked characters he plays on screen lies the story of a troubled childhood which included drug addiction, armed robbery and extensive prison time. Champion offers an intimate, one of a kind view into the life of Danny Trejo before he turned himself around and after. Written by Cecily Gambrell

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12 March 2005 (USA)  »

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Apropos title - terrible director
26 September 2007 | by (la) – See all my reviews

What a great subject for a documentary. Trejo is an interesting man; a guy who went from prison thug to respected actor and humanitarian. He is to be respected. It's unfortunate the person who made this film was the one who was lucky enough to do it. The director and editor are terrible.

We get a lot of jump cuts in the middle of interviews which give the impression almost that the editor had no idea what he was doing; they seem like mistakes. We get a lot of color, then black and white, then color, which was nothing but annoying. Sometimes we get two shots of Trejo talking at once. I have no idea what the thought process was with this but it was also very annoying. It seems he was asked the same questions at different times so we get different shots of the same answer, which is only odd. I just wanted to see the guy answer questions, not a bunch of annoying editing.

The girl at the beginning asking questions was just awful, like a college kid making doing an interview for a class - it was unprofessional as you can get.

I would love to have seen this subject matter tackled by someone who knew what they were doing. Trejo definitely deserves that. He's great. The people who made this film are not.


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