Lindsay Lohan film Machete unveiled
Published 23/07/2010 | 11:37
Robert Rodriguez has unveiled his new movie starring Lindsay Lohan at Comic-Con - but he chose a street corner rather than the San Diego Convention Centre.
The film-maker showed about seven minutes of footage from Machete at an outdoor party which included free tacos and margaritas, scantily clad dancers, a dozen tricked-out low-rider cars and a graffiti wall.
The movie features Li-Lo, who is currently serving a jail sentence.
The director said her character has "a really great, surprising arc." "I was playing with icons a lot in this," he said. "She was already so iconic in one way, I thought, 'How can you play with that, play with these images in pop culture?' And everything that's going on with her now only fuels that even more."
Fellow stars Danny Trejo and Michelle Rodriguez were on hand for the celebration. The film also features Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Steven Segal and Don Johnson.
The writer-director said Machete is a film of and for the fans, who clamoured for a full-length movie after seeing a trailer in 2007's Grindhouse. "I was never going to go beyond the trailer," he said.
The film focuses on Trejo's character, Machete, a renegade who's fighting against corruption in the US and Mexico. Robert Rodriguez wrote the part for Trejo, his first starring role in a 25-year career.
"No matter where you go, there's always going to be corruption," Rodriguez said. "So you almost have to create this superhero that can solve a problem that we find unsolvable ourselves."
"This is the first Latino superhero," said Michelle Rodriguez, who sports an eye patch in Machete.