Texas Screws Machete

Man, that headline sounds as if it would hurt, no? One person it has really hurt is filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and his Troublemaker Studios. It seems that there is truth to the saying that everything is bigger in Texas. Including screw jobs.

As per The Statesman:

“The Texas Film Commission has denied incentives for “Machete,” the controversial immigration-related feature film from Robert Rodriguez’s Austin-based Troublemaker Studios.

In a brief, formal letter dated Dec. 1 and released Wednesday by Katherine Cesinger , a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry, the Texas Film Commission cited part of a state code that says requests for film incentives can be denied “because of inappropriate content or content that portrays Texas or Texans in a negative fashion.”

The letter was signed by Carol Pirie , deputy director of the commission, and dated one day after former commission director Bob Hudgins resigned amid government findings that he sexually harassed female employees — accusations that he has denied.

The letter to Troublemaker did not detail why the commission made its findings, and Pirie did not have further comment Wednesday. But the movie, which was released Sept. 3, features a fictional Texas politician who is stoking violent anti-immigration fervor for financial and political gain.

A representative for “Machete” producer Elizabeth Avellán said Wednesday that Avellán and Rodriguez were traveling after recently wrapping up shooting on “Spy Kids 4″ and that they were unavailable for comment.”

Yeah, because everyone knows that Machete is deeply rooted in reality and completely accurate in its portrayal of characters gutting folks and swinging out of windows by their entrails. Seriously, Texas Film Commission? Go fuck yourself.

Texas Screws Machete

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  • Terminal

    I liked Machete before it became a lecture on immigration.
    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • Mr. Dark

    Rodriguez knew full-well he wouldn’t be getting the incentives. It’s widely known that one of the conditions on getting the incentives is that you cannot show ‘Texas in a bad light’ in the work.

    Um, if Machete doesn’t show Texas in a bad light, I don’t know what would. Have a film feature Rick Perry killing puppies and raping toddlers? Doesn’t matter if it’s true or not, that’s not specified in the rules.

    He knew this would happen, just in time for the DVD release, which will give him millions in free publicity and encourage sales on the Texas-unfriendly coasts, especially California.

    • Uncle Creepy

      Dude, it couldn’t be more obvious that this flick is sensationalized to the tenth power. If this were a serious drama based in reality I’d be inclined to agree with you. No one in their right mind would watch Machete and think, “Man, fuck Texas!” The notion alone is completely ludicrous.

      • Vanvance1

        You’re talking about a world in which people BELIEVE reality tv is actually real. Catholicism and Scientology exist and proper.

        Never underrate the stupidity of the average soul.

  • Vanvance1

    I started off really entertained by Machete, alas the longer the film ran the less amusing it became. By the finish I was a little bored and the anti-climactic ending left me cold.

    Also, I understand it’s supposed to be a ‘grind house’ film, but do we really need faded colours and emulation of piss poor film stock?

    Machete tries too hard to be something from the 70’s or early 80’s. If it had a little more of it’s own identity it would have been a lot more fun.