The release of Robert Rodriguez’s Machete this week signals not only the long gestating realization of the imaginary exploitation movie promised by the fake trailer in Grindhouse — it also signals the long overdue emergence of Danny Trejo as an honest to God action movie hero. For years, Trejo has been a part of the movie tough-guy firmament — and he’s often been unforgettable, even in disposable roles like “Thug No. 1” and “Kidnapper No. 3.” Perhaps that’s because the actor is a genuine hard-ass — he spent years in the federal prison system, and got into the movies only late in his life, after a post-prison job as a drug counselor led him onto the set of the Jon Voight-Eric Roberts flick Runaway Train. (Hilariously, the reason Trejo got onto that set was because one of his counselees was a production assistant on the film and was having trouble keeping off drugs on a coked-up movie shoot.) Anyway, we’ve gone over Trejo’s film career (Jesus, this guy has made a lot of movies) and come up with what we believe are Danny Trejo’s eleven Baddest Badasses.BEGIN SLIDESHOW
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