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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.
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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.
Jessica Alba had a "no-nudity" clause in her contract, which is why her clothes were digitally removed for her "nude" scenes.
This is Danny Trejo's fifth movie appearance as Machete Cortez. The first was in Spy Kids (2001) and the rest were in its sequels. However, the Spy Kids character and this movie's character cannot be the same person as their backstories and family connections are completely different.
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.
While Steven Seagal has played an anti-hero on more than one occasion, this film is first time he ever played a full-out villain.
When Sartana 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 who plays Machete); 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.
Robert Rodriguez wrote the script back in 1993 after he wrote Desperado (1995).
Actor Chris Cooper reportedly turned down a role in the movie saying "it's the most absurd thing I've ever read" after getting the script.
Lindsay Lohan filmed her role in three days.
Steven Seagal's first theatrically released film since Half Past Dead (2002).
The address of the church on the transcript of Booth's confession to Padre (4900 Old Manor Rd, Austin, TX) is actually the address to Troublemaker Studios, the film production company founded and owned by 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". He also stated in the "Predators" commentary that the sets were side-by-side. While filming "Machete", they were constantly competing for daylight, as the set for "Predators" would block out the sun for most of the day.
The two young boys that hang around with Luz are played by Daryl Sabara and Gilbert Trejo. Gilbert is Danny Trejo's son, and throughout the whole film, he never wields a weapon and never says a word.
This marks the third time Steven Seagal and Danny Trejo have appeared together in a movie. First, briefly, in Marked for Death (1990), and again in Urban Justice (2007).
WILHELM SCREAM: Heard during the climactic battle, when one of Lt. Stillman's men is crushed by the "low-rider" style truck.
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.
The film was based on the fake trailer featured before Robert Rodriguez's double feature for Grindhouse (2007) and Planet Terror (2007), which was co-produced by Quentin Tarantino, who is also a producer on this film.
Cheech Marin and Don Johnson both co-starred in Nash Bridges (1996), as well as Tin Cup (1996). This is the first time they have worked together since "Nash Bridges" ended in 2001.
Danny Trejo, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin and Tito Larriva, who are featured in the fake trailer featured in Grindhouse (2007), reprise their roles for this film. Fahey was also featured in Planet Terror (2007), which was written, produced and directed by Robert Rodriguez, the director of this film.
Steven Seagal requested and received a large air conditioning unit used for his outdoor scenes.
The Hungarian says the following to Machete: "És mit szólsz ahhoz, ha megölnélek téged? Te kis majom!", which translates as "And how about if I killed you? You little monkey!".
One of the Hungarian bodyguards was played by Nimród Antal, who really is Hungarian. Antal directed Predators (2010), which was produced by Robert Rodriguez and stars Danny Trejo.
The fictitious Spanish-language television channel Exactamundo is a play on the real-life Spanish-language Telemundo.
In the deleted scenes, Sartana has a promiscuous twin sister, with very poor choices in men, also played by Jessica Alba.
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This is the sixth time that actors Danny Trejo and Daryl Sabara appeared in the same film. Trejo played Michael Myers' security guard and Sabara played Westley Rhoads (the boy who bullied Myers as a child) in Rob Zombie's Halloween (2007) remake, along with all four Spy Kids (2001) films.
The character of Osiris Ampanpour is based on artist/performer (Mr)Arash of the hip-hop group Diego Brown Project. Upon director 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.
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The sound effect when Torrez draws his katana is from The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) when Steve Austin does a bionic maneuver.
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Danny Trejo's first leading role.
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The interiors for the "Parklane Hospital" where Senator McLaughlin is staying are actually that of the iconic Austin hotel, The Driskill.
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Robert Rodriguez's inspiration for the film was John Woo's Hard Boiled (1992) and The Killer (1989).
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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-US border. This was one of the policies of Donald J. Trump in his 2016 Presidential bid.
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Jonah Hill was originally cast in the role of Julio, only to drop out. The role was then taken on by Daryl Sabara.
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The signage on the exterior of the autobody business all of the lowriders exit. (@1 hour 25 min) reads "Machete Chop Shop"
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Originally intended as a bonus feature on the Planet Terror (2007) DVD until the decision was taken to release it theatrically.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Body count: 98.
This marks the first time Tom Savini's character doesn't die in a Robert Rodriguez film.
Booth says that he will send the promiscuous, drug-loving April 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, which she appears in for her final scene.
The poster shows Luz with her intimidating eye patch, which she only wears at the very end of the film.

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