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?[…]
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.
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SOURCE: Yahoo! Movies