Lady Gaga Joins 'Machete Kills'
Grindhouse sequel still has no reason for existing
By Corwin Neuse Jul 26, 2012 9:59PM
Robert Rodriguez's "Grindhouse" spin-off "Machete" made all of $26 million at the box office back in those halcyon, pre-everything, blissfully uncomplicated days of 2010. Considering the flick only had a production budget of $10 million, however, even said meager gross qualified it as a minor success. Ergo, as per that pernicious, unwritten but widely accepted Hollywood rule that every mildly profitable film needs—nay, absolutely demands—an utterly useless sequel, Rodriguez has since moved forward with one, "Machete Kills."
Rodriguez has sought to differentiate this subsequent effort by scouring the fringes of Hollywood, recruiting the likes of Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson for prominent roles. Now comes word that he has secured the acting talents of none other than Lady Gaga for the role of "La Chameleón," an enigmatic, purposefully-undefined role that apparently will involve the erstwhile pop star wrapping herself in wolfskin and shooting people. Seems somehow appropriate.
What do you think, Hitlisters? Perturbed that this "Machete" sequel exists at all? Excited for Ms. Gaga's onscreen debut? Somehow hopeful that the film will involve her shooting villain Gibson straight in the, er, nether regions? As always, let us know in the comments.
Jul 27, 2012 11:04AM
Do not agree with you at all article author. Machete was brilliant. I laughed I cried I had a cause I was offended I was championing characters - I was mentally all over the map. No other American movie has slapped me around like this one. Brilliant. I was even upset that DeNiro didn't play a very believable Texan and it turned out the character wasn't really from Texas. absurdly brilliant! Looking forward to that sequel. This was the American equiv to Trainspotting.
Jul 27, 2012 7:02PM
I too am a big fan of Rodriguez and his cousin Danny Trejo and, even though I'm a gringa, I enjoyed Machete. I'm glad he gave our problem child LiLo a cameo appearance in it, but as far as the self-described Lady Gaga, kick he/she/it to the curb.
Jul 27, 2012 12:01PM
I like Robert Rodriguez's movies and Danny Trejo is the reson I watch "Machete." But Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson and most of all Gaga, unless their roles are small, do not have me looking forward to a "Machete" sequel!
Jul 27, 2012 10:43AM
I loved Machete but Gaga will ruin this movie. Robert Rodriguez would be wise to listen to his fans and rethink the Gaga inclusion, before he isolates his target audience with vitriol.
Jul 28, 2012 11:15AM
Even on this one instance that "Lily Burton" isn't pimping dating sites, he/she/it still sounds like a nonsensical spam-bot.
Jul 30, 2012 7:57PM
I have always enjoyed Robert Rodriquez's films. How could he possibly even think of casting the already far too exposed "Lad Gag Ya" by subjecting his loyal fan base, and alienating the majority of them by doing this? The major attendees to this film will NOT be his loyal fans who have always admired and stood by his work since "El Mariachi", but instead this disgusting and vile creature's "Little Monsters"! I can see a director wanting to broaden and expand his audience, but not in the very worst way possible. Most people are totally sick of, and cannot stand seeing anymore of this skanky, boring and phony in every way possible freak!!! And now Rodriquez is even going to do this too? I hope it completely flops on him, and feel very betrayed by him... What in the Hell was he thinking? I just answered my own question... Hell!!!
Jul 30, 2012 11:21AM
Corwin u twit! Machete rocks! I can't wait for the sequel. Go Machete! Go Danny Trejo! Go Richard Rodriguez!
Jul 27, 2012 11:40AM
interesting I think she might do great not sure if it will be a big role or will be a few glimpse shots in certain scenes like Emilie Autumn did as the Painted Doll in the Devil's Carnival.
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