If you've ever sat through an entire Robert Rodriguez film, you've probably got just as much of an insatiable craving for blood and gore as he does. With a cult following similar to his friend and partner-in-crime, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez has been able to cultivate a catalogue of unique and boundary-pushing films.
With his directorial break out El Mariachi, Rodriguez quickly carved out a place in Hollywood where he could remain autonomous over his creations. He went on to collaborate with Tarantino on the El Mariachi trilogy sequels, as well as vampire gore classic From Dusk Till Dawn. But it wasn't until Rodriguez joined his name to Frank Miller's Sin City that his career really exploded. His insistence on sticking with the aesthetics and tone of the graphic novel captured Rodriguez's commitment to his source material, and made him a comic book hero in his own right.
But Rodriguez isn't only known for his racy, violent material. He also founded the Spy Kids family film franchise, which showcased his true colors as a family man. Rodriguez has five kids with his former wife, Elizabeth Avellán. His children are what inspired him to make a family film like Spy Kids, and it only further solidified his reputation for cinematic versatility.Considered a very offbeat and eccentric director (but what director isn't?), Rodriguez has garnered a special kind of respect within the industry. Throughout this list are some of the most interesting facts and trivia that provide insight into who Robert Rodriguez really is. Stories, quotes, and anecdotes about the director can make him sound almost mythical. So here are 19 interesting facts you may not know about Robert Rodriguez.
He Avoided an NC-17 Rating with a Weird Trick
From Dusk Till Dawn is insanely gory and violent, pretty much like any Rodriguez film. Worried that the MPAA would assign his Aztec vampire film an NC-17 rating, Rodriguez replaced all the blood used in the film with green blood. The simple switch helped Rodriguez get an R rating due to the fact that the blood didn't look realistic any longer.
He Found Out He Was Related to Danny Trejo During Filming
Rodriguez and Trejo had already worked together on a few films. But it wasn't until they started filming Trejo in Desperado that the two realized they were related, when a family member pointed out to Trejo that he and his director were second cousins. He told an interviewer: "When I was doing in Mexico, and my relatives came down from San Antonio to visit me, my uncle said, 'Hey, that's your cousin!' So we're lifelong friends now."
He Put Critics in His Movie
While filming El Mariachi, Rodriguez faced some harsh criticism from local newscasters. Two, specifically, had been reporting on the film's production in a negative tone for weeks. In order to end the trash talk, Rodriguez offered the two reporters a role in the film. They played a hotel owner and a bartender. I guess all they really wanted was to be included?
He Named the Spy Kids After His Own Family
Inspired by his own heritage and family, Rodriguez set out to make the Spy Kids franchise. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Rodriguez named most of the characters after his own family members. Juni Cortez, the youngest child and brother of the family, has a particularly long name: Junito Rocker Racer Rebel. "Juni" Cortez's lengthy name is inspired by Rodriguez's eldest sons. All three boys form a piece of Juni's middle name.