Taglines

  • Michelle Rodriguez as She
  • Robert De Niro as The Senator
  • Jessica Alba as Sartana
  • They just fucked with the wrong Mexican!
  • He was given an offer he couldn't refuse...
  • Yesterday He Was a Decent Man Living a Decent Life. Now He is a Brutal Savage Who Must Slaughter to Stay Alive.
  • He knows the score. He gets the women. And he kills the bad guys!
  • Steven Seagal as Torrez
  • If you're going to hire Machete to kill the bad guy, you better make damn sure the bad guy isn't you!
  • Danny Trejo as Machete
  • Lindsay Lohan as The Sister
  • A Pissed Off Mexican Out to Settle a Score

Trivia

  • Lindsay Lohan filmed her role in three days.
  • Robert Rodriguez wrote the script back in 1993 after he wrote Desperado (1995).
  • The film's politics proved to be very prescient with Robert De Niro's fictitious Senator advocating a clamp down on Mexican immigration by building a huge wall across the entire length of the Mexico and U.S. border. This was one of the policies of Donald J. Trump in his 2016 Presidential bid.
  • This film was made because of the popularity of a fake trailer for a non-existent "Machete" film that was featured in the theatrical version of Grindhouse (2007), along with other fake trailers and advertisements featured in the film. "Thanksgiving" is another popular fake trailer included in the film and was directed by Eli Roth and it is in development to be made into a full-length film. "Hobo With a Shotgun" is also another one of the fake trailers that was featured in the film that was made into a full-length feature film directed by Jason Eisner in 2011.
  • Danny Trejo, Jeff Fahey, Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marin, and Tito Larriva, who are featured in the fake trailer featured in Grindhouse (2007), reprise their roles for this film. Fahey was also featured in Planet Terror (2007), which was Written, Produced, and Directed by Robert Rodriguez.
  • The two young boys that hang around with Luz are played by Daryl Sabara and Gilbert Trejo. Gilbert is Danny Trejo's son, and throughout the whole film, he never wields a weapon and never says a word.
  • Danny Trejo and Daryl Sabara appeared in Halloween (2007) and the Spy Kids film franchise.
  • One of the Hungarian bodyguards was played by Nimród Antal, who really is Hungarian. Antal directed Predators (2010), which was produced by Robert Rodriguez, and featured Danny Trejo.
  • Osiris Amanpour (Tom Savini) is based on artist and performer (mr)Arash of the hip-hop group Diego Brown Project. Upon Robert Rodriguez meeting the group at a party, he was entertained by such traits as (mr)Arash's personality, clothing selections, and Persian ethnicity and name, all of which Rodriguez ended up using in the film.
  • Michael Booth (Jeff Fahey) picks up Machete (Danny Trejo) in a Mercedes Benz S-class (w116) , and ends up in the next scene stopping in a S-class (w220). Both black.
  • The Hungarian says the following to Machete: "És mit szólsz ahhoz, ha megölnélek téged? Te kis majom!", which translates as "And how about if I killed you? You little monkey!"
  • The sound effect when Torrez (Steven Seagal) draws his katana is from The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) when Steve Austin did a bionic maneuver.
  • Jonah Hill was originally cast in the role of Julio, only to drop out. The role was then taken on by Daryl Sabara.
  • This is Danny Trejo's fifth movie appearance as Machete Cortez. The first four in the Spy Kids film franchise. However, the Spy Kids character and this movie's character aren't the same person, as their backstories and family connections are completely different.
  • The fictitious Spanish-language television channel Exactamundo is a play on the real-life Spanish-language Telemundo.
  • According to some reports, Robert Rodriguez claims to have filmed half this movie while making the fake trailer to be included for the theatrical version of Grindhouse (2007). These have yet to be confirmed by Rodriguez himself.
  • Steven Seagal requested and received a large air conditioning unit used for his outdoor scenes.
  • Jessica Alba had a "no-nudity" clause in her contract, which is why her clothes were digitally removed for her "nude" scenes.
  • Robert Rodriguez's inspiration for the film was John Woo's Hard Boiled (1992) and The Killer (1989).
  • Filmed at the same time as Predators (2010), which was originally supposed to be directed by Robert Rodriguez, who had to turn it down because he was already slated to direct this film. Instead, Rodriguez produced Predators (2010). He also stated in the Predators (2010) commentary that the sets were side-by-side. While filming this movie, they were constantly competing for daylight, as the set for Predators (2010) would block out the sun for most of the day.
  • The interiors for the "Parklane Hospital" where Senator McLaughlin is staying are actually that of the iconic Austin hotel, The Driskill.
  • When Sartana (Jessica Alba) pulls up Machete's file on her laptop, it shows the following information: Birth Name: Machete Cortez; Nationality: Mexican; Race: Hispanic; Date of Birth: 16 May 1944 (actual birth date of Danny Trejo); Place of Birth: Juarez, Ch, Mexico; Aliases: Cuchillo, Navajas (names of characters played by Danny Trejo in other movies directed by Robert Rodriguez; Height: 5' 11"; Weight: 210 lbs.; Military Status: Ex-Federale; Whereabouts: Unknown; Identifying Marks: Tattoo of woman wearing a sombrero on chest.
  • Danny Trejo's first leading role.
  • The address of the church on the transcript of Booth's (Jeff Fahey's) confession to Padre (Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marin) (4900 Old Manor Rd., Austin, Texas) is the address to Troublemaker Studios, the film production company founded and owned by Writer and Director Robert Rodriguez.
  • Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marin and Don Johnson co-starred in Nash Bridges (1996) and Tin Cup (1996). This is the first time they have worked together since Nash Bridges (1996) ended in 2001.
  • (At around one hour and twenty-five minutes) The signage on the exterior of the autobody business all of the lowriders exit reads "Machete Chop Shop".
  • Steven Seagal and Danny Trejo appeared in Marked for Death (1990) and Urban Justice (2007).
  • In the deleted scenes, Sartana has a promiscuous identical twin sister, with very poor choices in men, also played by Jessica Alba.
  • While Steven Seagal has played an anti-hero on more than one occasion, this film is first time he ever played a full-out villain.
  • Steven Seagal's first theatrically released film since Half Past Dead (2002).
  • As Robert Rodriguez tells it, after conceiving of the character of Machete and telling Danny Trejo about it, Rodriguez started receiving phone calls at random hours of the day from Danny, trying to convince him to make the film. One day, Robert said to Danny that he was busy and asked why Danny can't just send a text message instead of constantly calling, to which Trejo replied: "Machete don't text." This became one of his character's catchphrases in the film.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: Heard during the climactic battle, when one of Lieutenant Von Stillman's (Don Johnson's) men is crushed by the "low-rider" style truck.
  • Originally intended as a bonus feature on the Planet Terror (2007) DVD until the decision was taken to release it theatrically.
  • Chris Cooper reportedly turned down a role in the movie saying "it's the most absurd thing I've ever read" after getting the script.

Goofs

  • Audio/visual unsynchronised: When Michael Booth enters the house and starts shooting everyone with a silenced gun, the first man's head gets shot before we hear the sound of a gun.