Robert Rodriguez, who in recent years directed an episode of “The Mandalorian” and served as showrunner on “The Book of Boba Fett,” said his hesitancy to use gun violence in films comes despite the fact that the shooting in the “Desperado” series was done tongue-in-cheek. “It’s just hard to do,” Rodriguez told The Wrap about making films with gunplay. “There’s always some terrible shooting and you just go, ‘I don’t know if I can responsibly do anything with guns.'”
That’s not to say Rodriguez didn’t enjoy creating the “Desperado” films, which he made when he was in his early 20s. In fact, the filmmaker told The Wrap that the “Desperado” series has the same sort of escapist elements as his “Spy Kids” movie series. “I really love those films; they are so fun. They’re like ‘Spy Kids’ for grownups, with guitar cases that fired missiles and gadgets galore,” Rodriguez said. “It was still made by [a] kid. Still, the glorification of it 1698773404 would be hard for me to pull off responsibly.”
While “Desperado” proved to be a breakthrough film for Salma Hayek, she wasn’t the only actor to benefit from her role in the crime thriller. The film also marked the first time Rodriguez worked with Danny Trejo, who said his unusual audition experience for “Desperado” found him twirling knives — something he wasn’t used to doing — for the director since his character throws blades in the film.
Rodriguez’s most recent film is his “Spy Kids” reboot, the original Netflix movie “Spy Kids: Armageddon.”