Robert Rodriguez Talks Sin City: A Dame to Kill For's Look and Machete Kills' Villain
05.21.12 by Ryan
Director Robert Rodriguez (Desperado, Spy Kids) has a busy summer of sequels planned for this year, including the long-awaited sequel to 2005's Sin City, titled Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and Machete Kills, the follow-up to Rodriguez's 2010 fake-trailer-turned-Grindhouse-homage Machete.
Still based on co-director Frank Miller's Sin City comic books (namely, A Dame to Kill For) the Sin City sequel was written by Miller and The Departed screenwriter William Monahan. At the Cannes Film Festival, Rodriguez told Empire that the sequel will continue the stylistic look of the original and could look even more like Miller's original comic book artwork.
I really held back the first time, because I didn’t know whether audiences would go for it. So it ended up looking like a real movie, but in black and white, with a few flourishes. This one is going to push way further towards the books. It’s going to shock and surprise people.
Both sequels are being shot back-to-back, with Machete Kills up first, even though only A Dame to Kill For has a solid release date. Mickey Rourke is set to return as Marv, while Jessica Alba will appear in both sequels, while the "dame" of the title, Ava Lord, remains uncast (Angelina Jolie continues to be rumored for the part). That should change soon, but Rodriguez was not going to name any names. "It’s a great part for any actress," Rodriguez offered. "She’s completely diabolical with no mercy. She’s as evil as evil gets."
The villain of Machete Kills is already wrapped up in Mel Gibson who was initially reported to be cast in a "supporting role" last month. Instead, Rodriguez says Gibson will play a singular villain role. "This won’t just be him grinning, doing bad-guy stuff," said Rodriguez. "He’s going to do something with it that’ll really get people talking."
Who Gibson will be exactly is a mystery. In February, a promo poster was revealed for Machete Kills, along with a brief synopsis that claimed the sequel would follow Machete as he is recruited by the US government to take down a Mexican drug cartel leader and a billionaire arms dealer. However, at Cannes, Rodriguez said that those details were intentionally misleading.
That synopsis we put out is misdirection — it’s all fake. Machete is recruited by the President, that’s true, but there’s no cartel leader and the weapon in space is just one of our early story ideas. That said, there is still a space element, for sure. We’ve given the character a much bigger playground. It’s going to be like a James Bond movie, with a Bond-style villain.
So, for those that have been waiting for Gibson to play a "bond-style villain," the wait could be over. If it's anything like the Gibson that's been revealed through his public relationship issues or recent conflict with screenwriter Joe Eszterhaus, Gibson won't have to work hard to show he's an angry dude.