This is Danny Trejo's fifth movie appearance as Machete Cortez. The first four in the Spy Kids film franchise. However, the Spy Kids character and this movie's character aren't the same person, as their backstories and family connections are completely different.
As Robert Rodriguez tells it, after conceiving of the character of Machete and telling Danny Trejo about it, Rodriguez started receiving phone calls at random hours of the day from Danny, trying to convince him to make the film. One day, Robert said to Danny that he was busy and asked why Danny can't just send a text message instead of constantly calling, to which Trejo replied: "Machete don't text." This became one of his character's catchphrases in the film.
This film was made because of the popularity of a fake trailer for a non-existent "Machete" film that was featured in the theatrical version of Grindhouse (2007), along with other fake trailers and advertisements featured in the film. "Thanksgiving" is another popular fake trailer included in the film and was directed by Eli Roth and it is in development to be made into a full-length film. "Hobo With a Shotgun" is also another one of the fake trailers that was featured in the film that was made into a full-length feature film directed by Jason Eisner in 2011.
When Sartana (Jessica Alba) pulls up Machete's file on her laptop, it shows the following information: Birth Name: Machete Cortez; Nationality: Mexican; Race: Hispanic; Date of Birth: 16 May 1944 (actual birth date of Danny Trejo); Place of Birth: Juarez, Ch, Mexico; Aliases: Cuchillo, Navajas (names of characters played by Danny Trejo in other movies directed by Robert Rodriguez; Height: 5' 11"; Weight: 210 lbs.; Military Status: Ex-Federale; Whereabouts: Unknown; Identifying Marks: Tattoo of woman wearing a sombrero on chest.
The address of the church on the transcript of Booth's (Jeff Fahey's) confession to Padre (Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marin) (4900 Old Manor Rd., Austin, Texas) is the address to Troublemaker Studios, the film production company founded and owned by Writer and Director Robert Rodriguez.
Filmed at the same time as Predators (2010), which was originally supposed to be directed by Robert Rodriguez, who had to turn it down because he was already slated to direct this film. Instead, Rodriguez produced Predators (2010). He also stated in the Predators (2010) commentary that the sets were side-by-side. While filming this movie, they were constantly competing for daylight, as the set for Predators (2010) would block out the sun for most of the day.
According to some reports, Robert Rodriguez claims to have filmed half this movie while making the fake trailer to be included for the theatrical version of Grindhouse (2007). These have yet to be confirmed by Rodriguez himself.
Osiris Amanpour (Tom Savini) is based on artist and performer (mr)Arash of the hip-hop group Diego Brown Project. Upon Robert Rodriguez meeting the group at a party, he was entertained by such traits as (mr)Arash's personality, clothing selections, and Persian ethnicity and name, all of which Rodriguez ended up using in the film.
The film's politics proved to be very prescient with Robert De Niro's fictitious Senator advocating a clamp down on Mexican immigration by building a huge wall across the entire length of the Mexico and U.S. border. This was one of the policies of Donald J. Trump in his 2016 Presidential bid.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
This is the first time Steven Seagal's character has lost a duel against another character in a film, although it's done in a way that suggests his character chose to lose rather than getting killed unwillingly.
Booth (Jeff Fahey) says that he will send the promiscuous, drug-loving April (Lindsay Lohan) to a convent. After April wakes up in the church with no clothing, the only thing she finds to wear is a nun's uniform, in which she appears for her final scene.