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Popular movie bad guy, ‘Machete’ star ready to start St. Patrick’s Day parade

Actor Daniel “Danny” Trejo, who went from being the go-to bad guy in countless movies to the star and hero of his own hit action movie franchise, will be the official celebrity starter for the First Ever 17th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade next month.

Trejo, 75, a native of Los Angeles, told The Sentinel-Record he has never been to Arkansas before, let alone Hot Springs, but “I can’t wait to go. I’m very honored for the opportunity. I will have a lot of fun while I’m there.”

Trejo will be joined in his parade duties by his frequent co-star and close friend, actor Richard “Cheech” Marin, of “Cheech and Chong” fame, who will be the celebrity grand marshal.

“I love him,” Trejo said. “I’ve known him for years. Hollywood can be a hard place, but he and I have stayed friends for years. He’s a wonderful man.”

Trejo and Marin have both appeared in a number of movies directed by Robert Rodriquez, beginning with “Desperado” in 1996, and its sequel, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” both starring Antonio Banderas, the horror film “From Dusk Till Dawn,” which also starred George Clooney, and the “Spy Kids” franchise which yielded four movies.

It was his role as Isador “Machete” Cortez, a federal agent, in the “Spy Kids” movies and in a “fake trailer” for a “Machete” movie that appeared in the “Grindhouse” double feature directed by Rodriquez and Quentin Tarantino that led to his starring in a real “Machete” movie and a sequel, “Machete Kills.”

“Robert and I talked about it while working on ‘Desperado.’ He wanted to do a movie about a Mexican federal agent. We talked about it a lot and then we put him in ‘Spy Kids’ and named him Machete and then we did the fake trailer,” he said.

“After the

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