Machete Kills Mel Gibson?
04.24.12 by Ryan
Director Robert Rodriguez has long had an affinity for casting aging action stars no longer as prominent in the public eye. For example, Rodriguez helped Mickey Rourke spark a comeback by casting him as Marv in his 2005 adaptation of Sin City. In Rodriguez's 2010 fake-trailer-turned-movie Machete, he brought in Don Johnson and Steven Seagal for key roles. For that movie's sequel, Machete Kills, Rodriguez has wanted actor-writer-director and tabloid favorite Mel Gibson for a role. Now he has him.
Deadline reports that Gibson is in serious discussions for a supporting role in the sequel, which will follow its title character (Danny Trejo) as he is recruited by the US government to stop a Mexican drug cartel leader and a billionaire arms dealer. While the report doesn't specify which character Gibson will play, it's likely that it could be the arms dealer. The casting has to be a welcome distraction for Gibson, who has spent most of this month being involved in a "he said, he said" public dispute with screenwriter Joe Eszterhaus.
Gibson isn't the only actor to join the Machete Kills cast. Last week, Bloody-Disgusting reported that Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez are in talks to return, likely in their Machete roles as Agent Sartana Rivera and Lux/Shé, respectively, though that is unconfirmed.
Likely not to return for Machete Kills is co-director Ethan Maniquis. Rodriguez told THR that the plan is for him to direct Machete Kills alone unless his commitment to another sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, pulls him away.
Currently I am directing it, but we’re checking to see if there’s going to be the need for another director if I have to go off and do Sin City. I wasn’t sure what the timing on Sin City was or if I would have to step off to do Sin City at a certain point, depending on when Machete went. But Machete looks like it’s going to go pretty quickly so it’s possible that I will direct the whole thing.
Rodriguez and his brother Marcel developed the story for Machete Kills, but it was Kyle Ward (Kane & Lynch) who did the scripting and the end result has Rodriguez wanting to direct the entire movie himself.
There’s so much of it that I want to direct I’ll probably end up directing the whole thing, but if I have to step off, I’m going to try and shoot all of the actors and all of the main sequences. But it’s such a fun movie, and it just came out even more fun than I could have imagined. I feel like I really need to do it. It’s so subjective I feel like I really need to get in there and do it. It’s just a lot of fun; it’s a really cool concept, and I think it takes it to another level in a way that’s compelling for me to go and do it myself.
Perhaps Mel can step in if Rodriguez has to step away. It might help him get a step closer to making the Viking movie he has been wanting to direct since he was young.