Actor Danny Trejo needs no introduction among the Hispanic community, he is known for his many movies -but did you know that Danny Trejo also serves some of the BEST Acos in California!? Latin Times Magazine’s, Victor Padilla talked at length with Danny about his movie career, his Trejo’s Tacos and about his upcoming projects including his project to tell a story 71-years in the making. “Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo”, currently in production in California, explores the life and career of Hollywood’s most unlikely hero, Danny Trejo.
Latin Times Magazine caught up with Danny for an EXCLUSIVE Interview!
Latin Times Magazine: Tell us about your Family history where you come from?
Danny Trejo: Born from Mexican Parents, I grew up in Pacoima, California. Got into a lot of trouble in my youth, landed in prison and that is where I learned and studied acting, trained in boxing. In my determination, I was able get in the movie business. I love making movies, nothing about the film industry that I don’t love.
Latin Times Magazine: What inspired you to become an Actor?
Danny Trejo: Got into the Film business in 1985 and I was fortunate enough to catch a good break and with great producers and actors. I have done over 320 films like Marked for Death (1990), Blood In Blood out (1993), Desperado (1995), Heat (1995), From Dusk till Dawn (1996), Con Air (1997), Point Blank (1998), Spy Kids ( 2002), Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), and many others. Now my recent film, North by el Norte comes out on November 25th, 2017
Latin Times Magazine: Tell us about your new movie North by el Norte?
Danny Trejo: I worked with Mark Christian, who was the Director of north by el Norte, it is a heartwarming story about a young man who wants to go north coming out of Mexico. I play his uncle John who helps give him hope and faith to make it. The Emphasis is Hope and Determination, he even constructs a flying machine out of a wheel barrel to fly over the border landing in Sana Monica Pier. He wants to bring his family over, when he gets into a sticky situation, I take care of business towards the end. (Danny Laughs)
Latin Times Magazine: Trejo Tacos, sounds delicious?
Danny Trejo: My mom always had a dream of opening a Restaurant, but my dad was kind of a Mexican Archie Bunker, he would tell her.” You want a restaurant there it is in the kitchen.” So, in her honor I opened Trejo Tacos and now I have opened three restaurants.
Latin Times Magazine: Besides Trejo Tacos, what is your favorite Latin Food and do you like Cuban Sandwiches?
Danny Trejo: Two enchiladas, with shredded beef and two over easy eggs on top. Absolutely love Cuban food. When I am in Miami I love to eat at Versailles, awesome Roasted chicken.
Latin Times Magazine: What advice can you give young up and coming Latino Actors?
Danny Trejo: Perseverance! Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t do it and when your dream comes true, you’ll be thanking God for the rest of your life.
Latin Times Magazine: Who has been your hero and inspiration in your life?
Danny Trejo: One of my dad’s brother, who even though he led me down the wrong path, I am where I am today, he was a great guy.