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Machete Kills’ Danny Trejo on Jail, Schools and Breaking Through in Hollywood

The baddest man to ever make good in Hollywood, Danny Trejo joins us for an incredible interview. Danny shares the story of how he went from being the Welterweight Champ at San Quentin, to working on movies and living a life of service to others.
Danny also gives his opinion on Latino political problems, the military industrial complex, and public school issues, as well as talking about some of the heavy weights he’s worked with (Lady Gaga, De Niro and more).

Guest Bio

With a career spanning 30 years Danny Trejo has worked in close to 200 films and has appeared on numerous television shows and has also lent his voice to animated series and video games.  A former convict, Danny was in and out of jail for  of 11 years.  After finding himself on the set of “Runaway Train,” Danny started his acting career and has not looked back.  He has worked with some of the premiere actors and directors of our time including Robert De Niro, George Clooney, Michael Mann, Tony Scott, Quentin Tarantino and his most frequent collaborator, Robert Rodriguez.

He recently wrapped production on “Machete Kills” and will soon be seen on the FX series “Sons of Anarchy.”

Episode Breakdown

00:01 Media Mayhem Intro.
00:16 Welcoming Danny Trejo.
01:38 From early trouble in Echo Park, to success against the odds.
05:38 Biases in the school system, and throwing kids away to the prison system.
09:24 “How did you turn things around and break the cycle?”
11:32 How Danny got into show business.
17:10 Learning his craft as an actor, and playing “bad guy #1.”
19:07 A notable early role with Samuel L. Jackson, and a more dynamic depiction of Chicanos.
20:08 Why it is ok to play the bad guy latino.
22:30 Inspiring Latinos to go into the arts.
24:18 Reasons that Latinos do not form a cohesive political movement.
29:05 Latinos financing other Latinos, and the temptation to split from the states.
32:59 Recognizing US raised Latinos as Americans.
34:28 How Danny’s son got a rare second chance, and the benefits schools receive for drugging students.
38:19 The prison industrial complex, from the inside.
42:05 Danny free associates with Lady Gaga and Robert De Niro.
45:20 Inspiring good behavior everywhere–good guys finished first.
46:38 How Machete handles politicians.
48:43 Where to see Danny Trejo, and some props for Val Kilmer.
51:09 Thanks and Goodbye!

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Guest Bio

With a career spanning 30 years Danny Trejo has worked in close to 200 films and has appeared on numerous television shows and has also lent his voice to animated series and video games.  A former convict, Danny was in and out of jail for  of 11 years.  After finding himself on the set of “Runaway Train,” Danny started his acting career and has not looked back.  He has worked with some of the premiere actors and directors of our time including Robert De Niro, George Clooney, Michael Mann, Tony Scott, Quentin Tarantino and his most frequent collaborator, Robert Rodriguez.

He recently wrapped production on “Machete Kills” and will soon be seen on the FX series “Sons of Anarchy.”

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