In addition to mustaches and tacos, Danny Trejo is an expert on Danny Trejo. That’s probably why Funny or Die enlisted him for the second episode of “IMDb Me,” a new series in which actors go through their IMDb pages and recount their experiences on a cross-section of movies they’ve worked on over the years. Were you aware, for instance, that the “Machete” and “Desperado” actor has 353 credits to his name or that “heat” director Michael Mann told the actor he’d just delivered an Emmy-worthy performance after he saw his performance in “Drug Wars: The Camarena Story”?
Trejo shares several other anecdotes as well. “Don’t you think you’re being typecast?” the actor recalls being asked during his first interview. “‘You’re always playing the mean Chicano dude with tattoos.’ And I thought about it, and I said, ‘Well, I am the mean Chicano dude with tattoos! Go with what you got!'” Trejo has nothing but good things to say about “Heat,” Robert Rodriguez, and the “stunningly beautiful” Salma Hayek: “You just wanna stab yourself in the eyes and never look at anybody else. She’s so smart, she disarms you immediately.”
He’s also learned how to stay humble. “Being a glorified extra for so long and being with the troops, it didn’t set me apart from what it’s all about. A lot of people have become stars immediately, and they forget that this is a job for a lot of people and it’s work.” Watch the full episode below.