Director Robert Rodriguez admits some scenes in his upcoming film ‘Machete’ were ‘too real’ to include in the final release, following media scrutiny of Texas film tax incentives and criticism about a possible ‘race war’ message

Alex Jones & Aaron Dykes
May 26, 2010

Alex Jones responds to the admission by director Robert Rodriguez that some scenes in the racially-incendiary film ‘Machete’ proved ‘too real’ in light of recent events relating to the illegal immigration issue.

Director Robert Rodriguez has backed off after the fiery rhetoric of his Cinco de Mayo-released trailer bearing a “Message for Arizona”– which sparked controversy and led to scrutiny over the tax incentives he and TroubleMaker Studios have received from the Texas Film Commission. As previously exposed, ‘Machete’ is one of several Rodriguez films to apply for the tax breaks, which will be officially approved only after production. The prospects are solid, though, as Rodriguez himself was the emblematic host for the press conference announcing funds for Texas-made films– ‘Machete’ was named as one of the upcoming recipients. The ‘Spy Kids‘ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Mexico‘ director announced a windfall of tens of millions of dollars that had been “guaranteed” and secured for his productions.

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The program has proved controversial, however, as the Commission and Texas Legislature have set in place a system whereby films are selectively approved for funding– and where films deemed to ‘make Texas look bad’ are denied funding before production even begins. For instance, while Rodriguez announces ‘guaranteed’ funding for his films, including the racially-tinged ‘Machete,’ the 2010 film “Waco” was denied Texas Film Commission benefits due to its subject matter. The hypocrisy of this policy has been noted and widely criticized. While tax breaks indeed have a positive economic impact, such assistance should not be funneled to favorite projects while others are denied over its content.

‘Machete’ has already partially radicalized the debate over immigration and border issues, particularly in Arizona. But Rodriguez told AintItCool News, who leaked the controversial trailer, that its contentious message was not intended and did not accurately portray the final film. He maintained that the “Message to Arizona” was a ‘fake’ trailer he blames on “too much tequila” and a lapse in judgement.

MacheteRodriguez acknowledged that the script for the film had also been leaked, but cautioned that projects often changed from early drafts during production. He attempted to offset commentary about the ‘draft’ script and those who’ve analyzed the script and taken the film’s message to task. Alex demonstrates the corollary between the violent action of the trailer with the pages in the script, which meshes the scenarios of insult and persecution against illegal immigrants by native Texans with the righteous– and even holy– caused carried out by the blood-thirsty Machete.

Instead, Robert Rodriguez promised that the September release would prove to be “over the top satirical,” comparing it to the stylistic bloodbath fellow-Grindhouse director Quentin Tarantino released in 2009, the fantasy-Nazi vengeance film “Inglourious Basterds.” If that’s a fair comparison, it’s not much relief from fears of racially-motivated killings justified by a scripted rationale (i.e. Jews were wronged historically, so IF they could go back, they’d be justified in wanton execution of any-and-all Nazis).

Nevertheless, Rodriguez acknowledged the fierce criticism of his film, “admitting that there were a few scenes that [had] become so real in the past month” due to their similarity to current events in Arizona. Those parts, he promises, will be a “fascinating case study for the DVD extras.” Surely, they are better in the extras than the final cut.

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