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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If you asked someone who the baddest Mexican in Hollywood is, chances are Danny Trejo will be the response you get. With his grizzled face, handlebar mustache, and his tendency to play knife or gun-wielding badasses in every film or TV show he’s in, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more intimidating.

Though while Trejo is an unquestionably awesome dude on the big screen, there is one thing he doesn’t actually do in real life: do his own stunts.

That’s right, he may play a machete-wielding Mexican Federal, but when it comes to jumping off buildings and putting himself in harm’s way, he leaves it to the professionals.

Why is that?

During a Facebook Live chat with Yahoo! Movies, Trejo said:

“I know that all the big stars hate me to say this, but I don’t want to risk 80 peoples’ jobs just to say I got big huevos on The Tonight Show. Because that’s what happens. I think a big star just sprained an ankle doing a stunt, and 80 people are out of a job, 180 you know?

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We have stunt people who do that stuff. And if they get hurt, I’m sorry to say but they just need to put a mustache on another Mexican and we can keep going. But if I get hurt, it’s like everybody’s out of a job. So, I don’t choose to do that.”

That’s a true workhorse’s mentality there. To go into a movie and see the picture for what is is to a lot of workers — a job — is something that’s great to see in a Hollywood star.

That being said, we don’t want to needlessly rag on the likes of Tom Cruise, who is incredibly well known for doing his own stunts. There’s an admirable quality to doing your own stunts as well, in that it shows a dedication to the craft.

Guess it all comes down to your perspective, but it’s hard not to see Trejo as a real team player here based on his statements.

What do you think of what Trejo said. Do you agree with him that stunts should be left to the professionals? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Yahoo! Movies

  • Victor Roa

    it’s all about his face

  • Kindofabigdeal

    He has a point. But for the longest time we sat though some action movies that had to work around the fact that you can sometimes tell it’s a stun double and not the real deal. I can appreciate when someone does do their stunts because it doesn’t take you out of the action. You feel like it could be real.
    But I’m also a fan of The Fall and it’s tribute to stunt men of the past, and in general. So I wouldn’t want to see that craft die. But if an actor wants to do it I say let them. If they get hurt they need to suck it up and work on a scene that requires minimum movement.

  • J’Accuse

    Does anyone know if it’s actually possible to jump (or be thrown) out a window twenty or thirty stories up, land in a hotel swimming pool and live. I’m afraid to try it.

    • Dersu DeLarge

      I’ve heard that no one would actually survive that, not that I’ve tried or seen it happen.

  • HUNTERofTROLLZ

    How about it is also that he’s 73 years old.

    • the50sguystrikesback

      LoL…this is also true

      • HUNTERofTROLLZ

        Thank you for the lol. 🙂

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      Jesus, 73? I thought he was like 55! Not exactly a prime stuntman age, but still!

      • HUNTERofTROLLZ

        It’s crazy.

        Props to him for being so viral.

        He’s ones of those Alpha-Alpha dudes.

        Don’t mess with Machete! 🙂

  • Dersu DeLarge

    Seems like a perfectly reasonable reason. You can’t have the movie without the star.

  • the50sguystrikesback

    Makes total sense to me, Danny. Do YOU bro.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.