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'Machete' Director Admits He Went Too Far; 'Race War' Scenes to Be Cut
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Alex Jones responds to developments in the controversy over the racially incendiary Austin-produced film 'Machete.'
Director Robert Rodriguez has backed off from the fiery rhetoric of his Cinco de Mayo-released trailer bearing a "Message for Arizona," which gave viewers a glimpse at the coming "Mexploitation" film. His statement came after a barrage of media prodding and questioning the backing he and TroubleMaker Studios have received.
The Texas Film Commission launched a tax incentive program for state-side filmmakers. Robert Rodriguez hosted the press conference for the bill, proudly thanking Gov. Rick Perry and other politicians for enabling his production to take place in Texas and receive tens of millions of benefits to qualifying films.
The program has been controversial however, as the Commission and Texas Legislature have set in place a system whereby films are selectively approved for funding-- and where films deemed to 'make Texas look bad' are denied funding. While Rodriguez announces 'guaranteed' funding for his films, including the racially-tinged 'Machete,' the 2010 film "Waco" was denied Texas Film Commission benefits for covering a subject that might cast a bad light on history. The hypocrisy of this policy has been noted and widely criticized.
'Machete' has already partially radicalized the debate over immigration and border issues, particularly in Arizona. But Rodriguez told AintItCool News, who leaked the controversial trailer, that it did not accurately portray the final film. He claimed it was a 'hoax' trailer he blamed on "too much tequila" and a lapse in judgement.
Rodriguez acknowledged the script for the film, which has also leaked. Alex Jones took the film's message to task, paralleling the violent action of the trailer with the details of the script. It meshes the insult and persecution of illegal immigrants by native Texans with the righteous-- and even holy-- uprising of the Hispanic mob led by the blood-thirsty Machete.
Instead, Robert Rodriguez promised that the September release would prove to be "over the top satirical," comparing it to the stylistic bloodbath fellow-Grindhouse director Quentin Tarantino released in the 2009 fantasy-Nazi vengeance film "Inglourious Basterds." If that's a fair comparison, it's not much relief from fears of racially-motivated killings justified by a scripted rationale (i.e. Jews were wronged historically, so IF they could go back, they'd be justified in wanton execution of any-and-all Nazis).
Nevertheless, Rodriguez acknowledged the fierce criticism of his film, "admitting that there were a few scenes that [had] become so real in the past month" due to their similarity to current events in Arizona. Those parts, he promises, will be a "fascinating case study for the DVD extras."
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