Robert Rodríguez

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Robert Rodríguez

Born

6/20/1968, San Antonio, Texas

Birth Name

Robert Anthony Rodríguez

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Robert Rodriguez
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Robert Rodriguez is an American screenwriter, director and producer from San Antonio, Texas. Born on June 20, 1968, Rodriguez took an interest to film at an early age, producing homemade action and horror films throughout his early years. In 1990, one of such films won a local film…more

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  • Trivia

    • He announced in April 2006 that he and his wife Elizabeth Avellan have separated after 16 years of marriage.

    • Since 1998, he has owned the film rights to Mike Allred's off-beat comic Madman. The two have hinted at the project being close to beginning on several occasions without anything coming of it.

    • In 2005 he released The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl, a superhero-kid movie intended for the same younger audiences as his Spy Kids series. The film was based on a story conceived by Rodríguez' then 7 year old son, Racer, who was given credit for the screenplay. The film was not a major success, having grossed 39 million dollars at the box office.

    • He will be working on Sin City 2, which is currently in pre-production; originally scheduled for 2006 release date, but pushed back to a 2007 release date.

    • He wrote some original music that was used in the film Kill Bill: Vol. 2.

    • He has collaborated with Kevin Williamson, filming the film-within-a-film Stab in Scream 2 (written by Williamson) and directed The Faculty based on his screenplay.

    • He worked with Quentin Tarantino on the 'double feature' Grind House, which was released in April 2007. Rodriguez contributed the Planet Terror segment, as well as the faux-trailer Machete.

    • Quentin Tarantino directed a scene in Rodriguez's film Sin City and loaned him some swords to use for the Miho character.

    • He has a large history of collaborations with Quentin Tarantino.

    • He has five children, four boys and one girl. Rocket, Racer, Rebel, Rogue and Rhiannon.

    • His adult-oriented movies always feature a fictional brand of beer called "Cerveza Chango". Chango is the Orisha (a deity as in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria - an amalgam of African tradition and Catholocism) of fire, lightning and dance. Chango is renowned for the way he avenges crimes against the innocent, a recurring theme in Rodriguez-movies in which the fictional beer appears.

    • He was ranked #48 on Premiere's 2005 Power 50 List. Had ranked #61 in 2004.

    • He has resigned from the DGA twice. The first time was so he could directed the non-guild Four Rooms with Quentin Tarantino and two other directors. The second time was in 2004 when he wanted to give Frank Miller a co-director credit for Sin City.

    • Salma Hayek is his children's godmother.

    • He is the Cousin of actor Danny Trejo.

    • He absolutely loathed the fact that he had to shoot his movies on film to enter them into film festivals. Soon after Bedhead and El Mariachi hit, many festivals began admitting video formats.

    • He edited El Mariachi, at a public access station in Austin, Texas. He edited from late at night to the early hours in the morning, because the time was cheaper. However the station would often close up, setting the alarm; this meant he would have to stay at his editing bench for eight hours at a time without restroom breaks.

    • After seeing John Carpenter's Escape from New York at age twelve, he knew he wanted to be a filmmaker.

    • He was originally chosen to direct John Carter of Mars for Paramount and had already begun some of the preproduction in early 2004. However, once he left the DGA, Paramount (which will only allow their films to be directed by DGA members) replaced him.

    • The last of his movies shot on film was Spy Kids. During post-production of that film at Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas introduced him to 24p HD film-making and Rodriguez was immediately converted. He owns two Sony HDW-F900 cameras, the same model used by Lucas on the Star Wars prequels.

    • Kevin Smith also pursued Rodriguez to helm his controversial religious satire Dogma. Rodriguez turned it down, insisting that the project was so personal that Smith ought to do it himself.

    • His production company was called "Los Hooligans", named after the comic strip he drew in college, but it is now titled "Troublemaker Studios".

    • He turned down the chance to direct Kevin Smith's script for "Superman Lives" (which as of 2004 is not being made in to a feature film, having been replaced with another script).

    • He wrote two scripts for "Predator 3" (which later became AVP: Alien Vs. Predator). One took place at a ship in the 17th century, while the second one was about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Glover's characters being taken to the alien planet, as trophies.

    • He set up a symphony orchestra in his garage to record the score for Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams.

    • He was ranked #80 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #94 in 2002.

    • He has final cut and final approval of all marketing materials in his contracts.

    • He is famous for working and delivering on relatively low budgets. His most expensive movie cost $35 million, most are budgeted $20 million or lower.

    • He frequently uses Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, and Robert Patrick.

    • One of the experimental drugs that was tested on Rodriguez was a "speed healer." He has two divots in his arms as a result of the removed sample.

    • In May 1999 he was honored with the Outstanding Young Texas Award by the Ex-Students' Association.

    • He is the Cousin of Álvaro Rodríguez.

    • In April of 1996, he headed the list of "25 Most Powerful Hispanics in Hollywood", published by Hispanic Magazine.

    • He earned most of the $7000 it cost to make El Mariachi, by subjecting himself to experimental drug studies.

    • He studied at St. Anthony's University, The University of Texas at Austin.

    • He went to St. Anthony's High School.

    • He went to St. Anthony's High School.

    • He is the Brother of Elizabeth Rodriguez, Christina Rodriguez, David Rodriguez, Rebecca Rodriguez, Patricia Vonne, and Angela Lanza.

    • He wrote a book named "Rebel Without A Crew," about his experience making the movie El Mariachi.

    • He frequently sets his films in Texas.

    • His nickname is 'The Wizard.'

    • He directed parts of the scene in Pulp Fiction where Quentin Tarantino appears as Jimmy. Though, he was uncredited for his contribution in the films credits.

    • He is an accomplished chef.

    • He left the Writers' Guild of America (WGA) in late 2001, stating that the organization had "too many rules and just take your money."

    • He is 6' 2" tall.

  • Quotes

    • Robert: I'm not looking for the stock market to do much of anything till the end of the year. We're getting into the darker stages of the bear market. People will be very shocked at how cheap stocks can become.

    • Robert: They have the necessary abundance of food and the non-disturbance they need to breed, to procreate and to thrive in this area.

    • Robert: I have all the creative freedom of someone making a home movie, but I get to do it on a larger scale. It's the best.

    • Robert: Leonard Bernstein was a true American hero. He could do anything. He was a composer, a conductor and a concert pianist.

    • Robert: Once it happened, I had a better practice in the afternoon. I'm growing more and more comfortable as the weeks have progressed. It was probably my most comfortable practice. I knew exactly what I was doing special teams, so I went after it. It felt like a weight was lifted off of my shoulders.

    • Robert: They said that they cut Rodriguez, and I had to ask, 'Which one?'

    • Robert: I looked up and saw him walking toward me, I ducked my head and started looking at the floor. I thought, 'He'll have to tap me on the shoulder if he wants my attention.' Then I heard him call the other guy. I took a deep breath and let it go.

    • Robert: We're still writing the script to see if there's enough for a third one, or if we're just going to do a second one. We're supposed to shoot in January, but we might do it earlier if we keep working at this clip.

    • Robert: You'll click a button and get to hear the Austin audience reacting to the film for the first time. You'll hear what took them by surprise, made them gasp. It's gonna be really cool.

    • Robert: You'll click a button and get to hear the Austin audience reacting to the film for the first time. You'll hear what took them by surprise, made them gasp. It's gonna be really cool.

    • Robert: I don't like having two versions (of a DVD). People will buy the first one and not buy the second, and that's the one I want them to see.

    • Robert: The challenge is what was making it exciting. You don't want to do anything that's too easy or that you know that you can pull off, otherwise it's really not worth doing.

    • Robert: Even though I can make my own budgets, I always ask for less money than we need so that you have to be more creative, you have to strip it down.

    • Robert: Frank is such a great visual storyteller, that if you study his artwork you see that his Sin City books are already the best movies never seen on the big screen.

    • Robert: Don't give me any money, don't give me any people, but give freedom, and I'll give you a movie that looks gigantic.

    • Robert: What I love about new technology is that it really pushes the art. It really pushes it in a way that you can't imagine until you come up with the idea. It's idea-based. You can do anything.

    • Robert: Don't be told something is impossible. There's always a way.

    • Robert: I always consider Salma Hayek for my projects, even for male roles.

    • Robert: I didn't want Frank Miller to be treated just as a writer because he is the only one who has actually been to Sin City. I am making such a literal interpretation of his book that I'd have felt weird taking directing credit without him. It was easier for me to quietly resign because otherwise I'd have been force to make compromises I was unwilling to make, or set a precedent that might hurt the guild later on. In response to why he left the Directors' Guild of America just before the filming of Sin City.

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  • empty

    8.0
    Robert Rodriguez is a multi-talented man. He got his start doing crazy low-budget films and has kept that jack-of-all trades style as he's moved up in budget and scope.

    His breakout hit was El Mariachi, which he made for, literally, pocket change for the Mexican market. It's in Spanish, but it's a decent mistaken identity action movie.

    He works fast and he works cheap. His movies have not been massive hits, but he know the business well and his movies make money since he uses a fraction of the budget of most directors.

    One of the more unique filmmakers out there. Surprisingly few have been able to follow the trail he blazed in the 90s.moreless
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    9.0
    The man behind the Mariachi trilogy, From Dusk Till Dawn, Sin City and soon Grindhouse. A director with a keen eye for images, style and filmmusic. One of my favourite directors. I don't get the Spy Kids thing though...
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