Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

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Danny Trejo, who won two boxing titles while serving time in prison in his youth, is best known playing the ethnic heavy in hyper-macho mid-90s genre films like "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Desperado" and "Blood In, Blood Out." These days, he's in such demand that this year alone he's attached to more than 20 projects, including Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn" TV series. It was his role in another TV project, as Raul Galindez in the TV movie "Shannon's Deal," written by John Sayles, that earned him his first mention in Variety, seth kelley

What do you remember about "Shannon's Deal"?

We shot that in Philadelphia. And we did a scene in the Spectrum where the 76ers used to play. I was walking around the Spectrum holding a machine gun. And Michael Jordan was still with the Bulls, who were playing the 76ers. And that's about it.

But that wasn't your first time on camera.

I started my career in 1985 completely by accident. I was a drug counselor, and one of the kids I was working with asked me to support him (on what turned out to be the set of "Runaway TYain"). And one of the a.d.'s asked me if I wanted to be an extra, and I said "Extra what? …

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