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Danny Trejo's 21 Strangest B-Movie Roles  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Vote up the weirdest B-movie roles in Danny Trejo's filmography.

You can say a lot about Danny Trejo’s acting career, but you can't accuse the guy of being lazy. He's got 319 screen credits, and at only 72 years of age in 2016, he shows no signs of slowing down. Strange Danny Trejo film roles are like pizza parlors in New York, there’s too many to count. This list compiles some of the weirdest Danny Trejo b-movie roles, so you can read about them, seek them out, and binge watch them. From action movies in which he plays a hitman to other action movies in which he plays a hitman's friend, this list looks at Danny Trejo in b-movies, where he's always at his best. 

There’s a good chance that if you put on any late night sci-fi or action film from the '90s on, you’ll find Trejo playing a bit part as an ass-kicking priest, or an ass-kicking janitor. Thanks to his fan base amongst the low-budget filmmaking crowd, weird Danny Trejo roles are commonplace in an era where there’s more content than ever. But the best Danny Trejo b-movies tend to have the actor playing slightly against type, or playing his type so hard the role becomes a sort-of meta parody. Trejo doesn’t do middle of the road

Vote on the weirdest B-Movie roles in Danny Trejo’s filmography, and if we left off your favorite low budget Trejo appearance please tell us. 

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Machete is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Danny Trejo's 21 Strangest B-Movie Roles
Photo:  Machete

Movie: Machete (2010)

Role: Machete

The Dirt: Is it cheating to include what might be Trejo's most iconic role in a list of strange B-movie roles?

After serious thought, no, it's not. Because Machete is the ultimate weird B-movie, and was specifically engineered to be so - it's a feature-length expansion of a fake B-movie trailer that played between two intentionally ridiculous B-movies in Grindhouse, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's homage to trash cinema from the '70s and '80s.

As the titular character in Machete, Trejo is so Trejo it hurts. 

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Razor Charlie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Danny Trejo's 21 Strangest B-Movie Roles
Photo:  From Dusk Till Dawn

Movie: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Role: Razor Charlie

The Dirt: There's nothing weird about Trejo's turn as a vampire bartender... except for that whole thing where he's a bartender who doesn't like people drinking in his bar. The real question here is, why go through the pretense of having a bartender if no one is getting served? Isn't there's some other way for vampires to lure people in? The strippers aren't enough? Yet there's Trejo, scowling at George Clooney, daring him to pick a fight. 

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Goldberg
Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Danny Trejo's 21 Strangest B-Movie Roles
Photo:  Death Race 2

Movie: Death Race 2 (2011)

Role: Goldberg

The Dirt: There must have been a point at which the following conversation took place:

Universal Employee 1: You realize we've cast Danny Trejo as a character named Goldberg, right?

Universal Employee 2: Yeah. So? There aren't Jews in Mexico?

Universal Employee 1: I thought Trejo was from LA. 

Universal Employee 2: But you get my point. 

Universal Employee 1: Shouldn't we just change his name to - 

Universal Employee 2: Let's drop it, okay?

It's hard to explain Goldberg as a character. He's a member of the protagonist's pit crew, a genius mechanic, and a terrifying prisoner who beats the holy bejesus out of people. Actually, that wasn't so hard. 

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Captain Machine Gun
Captain Machine Gun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Danny Trejo's 21 Strangest B-Movie Roles
Photo:  Cyborg X

Movie: Cyborg X (2016)

Role: Captain Machine Gun

The Dirt: Cyborg X is so f*cking hardcore the director doesn't have a first name. There's a character named Captain Machine Gun, played by Danny Trejo, and the film was released in the same year Trejo got onboard with the D*cks Out for Harambe campaign. Everything about this movie kicks ass. It also kinda looks like an elaborate cosplay for underwear models. And yes, that production still is of Trejo slitting a Nazi's throat. 

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