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Machete Movie Premier

Last night I was invited to check out the special screening of the movie, “Machete” in Downtown Los Angeles at the historical Orpheum Theatre. Director Robert Rodriguez and cast including the beautiful Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Don Johnson (yes from Miami Vice), Cheech Marin, and of course Machete himself Danny Trejo made their way through the streets of LA via a parade of Lowriders to the red carpet. It was a unique site to see these stars sitting shotgun in the beautiful rides, some hopping through all the way to the front where they were staged. Hollywood is all about star power and seeing the hundreds of top media outlets congregate for a chance to see the stars of this film was surreal.

The beautiful Jessica Alba (Ladylike readers in case you were wondering she was rocking Christian Louboutins)

Danny Trejo as Machete

The line of lowriders that took center stage on the red carpet

Robert Rodriguez and artist David Choe

Michelle Rodriguez always plays such a tough chick, but seemed really down to earth and loved the cars.

The amazing director Robert Rodriguez. Such a cool dude he took a lot of time to sign autographs and took pics with all of the lowriders.

Mister Cartoon brought out a couple vehicles from his private collection for this event.

Don Johnson

Danny Trejo took time to pose for photos with the fans fully dressed as Machete.

The historic Orpheum in Downtown LA

Only in LA will you see a line of lowriders for a movie premiere.

Danny and Jessica make their way to the red carpet. This shot made me feel like a TMZ photog.

Hollywood style

Danny finally makes his way onto the red carpet

The movie itself was awesome and very entertaining. I’m a huge fan of Robert Rodriguez and this film did not fail to disappoint. Who else could get Robert DeNiro, Linsey Lohan, Steven Seagal, and Jessica Alba all in one movie? Without giving out too much of the movie it was full of action, eye-candy, and of course comedic moments including the soon to be catch-phrase “Machete don’t text.” Danny Trejo played his usual bad ass character with Machete and gave a stellar performance. Go see Machete in theaters September 3.

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John P

John P

Resides in Downtown Long Beach, CA and worked the agency life for a number of years before moving into the freelance world where he specializes in PR, marketing and photography. When not traveling with the Formula DRIFT series, he can be found surfing, watching MMA, or building various project cars.
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  1. 26/08/2010 at 11:44 pm

    So glad Danny Trejo is a main character in a movie. Dude always plays that “bad guy”. Well deserved after all the kills he has gone through.

    • 27/08/2010 at 1:16 am

      not true. he was a good guy in the movie, sex drive. he played a character named, “the chief”

      good shots john!

      • 27/08/2010 at 8:54 am

        You’re right. Plus the dude played a janitor in Halloween 2 and I guess he was a nice guy there. Dude still died though. Haha.

  2. Javier Cuevas
    27/08/2010 at 1:21 am

    Can’t wait to see this film. Danny has always been a badass in his films, and with Machete he kills!

  3. daniel
    27/08/2010 at 2:01 am

    cant wait to see the movie in austin tejas

  4. Alex Freaky Perez
    27/08/2010 at 2:21 am

    Spectacular screening!!!! What a display of lowrides. Waiting desperately for the Movie here in MEXICO

  5. 27/08/2010 at 2:47 am

    John, great shots! Good times yesterday huh!??!

    • 27/08/2010 at 6:49 am

      Thanks man! I think I found my true calling in being a member of the paparazzi.

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  7. 27/08/2010 at 5:27 am

    Atta boy JP, great shots..
    Love the one of Danny pointing open mouth, can’t wait to see the movie…

    • 27/08/2010 at 6:49 am

      Thanks Jarod. You’ll really enjoy the movie…not for kids fyi.

      • Erick
        27/08/2010 at 8:37 am

        Hey John,

        Hit me up. I have a question about the photos.


  8. 27/08/2010 at 7:12 am

    For sure John! You were in the mix and capture some excellent shots! Jarod, the movie is a must see!

  9. Nino Brown
    27/08/2010 at 7:13 am

    It’s incredible how Robert Rodriguez gets all these mega stars to appear in his movies. He is truly gifted and blessed. I can’t wait to see the movie.

  10. mark
    27/08/2010 at 10:33 am

    Dammit, I should have flew down.

  11. 28/08/2010 at 12:17 am

    WOW! great shots dude!

  12. 30/08/2010 at 7:17 pm

    and a balmain dress! =P

  13. Parker
    01/09/2010 at 1:16 am

    can’t wait to see this movie!!!!

  14. 15/09/2010 at 4:32 am

    Dude check it online machete