DANNY TREJO THE HARDEST MAN IN HOLLYWOOD


first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement ‘In prison, you’re either predator or prey’ … Trejo tools up in Machete. Photograph: Allstar/Dimension/Sportsphoto Ltd Facebook We’re sitting in a Manchester bar, the evening before Trejo is due to appear at For the Love of Horror, a two-day film convention. Nearby sits Tyler Mane, who plays Michael Myers in the latest Halloween films, although the masked murderer looks slightly less terrifying when eating a salmon and cucumber sandwich. (Not a Canadian story – but a very interesting read for ALL actors)Danny Trejo is 74 but he was never meant to live so long. “I didn’t even think I’d make it out of the 1960s,” says the actor, with a deep husky laugh. “I picked the wrong role model,” he explains, recalling how he first tried heroin at the age of 12 and embarked on a life of crime. “I picked my uncle, who was a drug addict and an armed robber. But he was the greatest guy in the world as far as I was concerned.”Trejo ended up serving time in every state prison in California. But something happened in 1968 that would change his life. The actor, who has starred in everything from Machete to Spy Kids, was involved in a prison riot and got caught throwing a rock at a guard. “I went to the hole,” he says. “Me and two other inmates thought we were going to the gas chamber. I was potentially facing the death penalty.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Trejo came up with a remarkable plan. “I made a deal with God. I said, ‘Let me die with dignity. If you do, I’ll say your name every day and I’ll do whatever I can for my fellow man.’ I didn’t want to go to the gas chamber, screaming and yelling and peeing myself.”‘I am the mean Chicano dude with tattoos’ … Danny Trejo in Maximum Impact. Photograph: Alamylast_img

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