Creator / Robert Rodriguez

"I think that logo probably cost more than my entire movie"
Describing the Columbia Pictures Vanity Plate in the commentary to El Mariachi

Describe Robert Rodriguez here.

Easy. He's that hard-edged filmmaker who directed the El Mariachi trilogy, Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn, Sin City and half of Grindhouse.

No, wait! He's that family-friendly guy who gave us the Spy Kids tetralogy, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, and Shorts.

Whoever he is, he does most of the work on his films, directing, screenwriting, editing, composing, production designing and just about everything else aside from being the actual cameraman. No, wait, he does that too. He's also very proud to be Mexican, as most of his movies can attest.

His diaries from the shooting of El Mariachi were published as Rebel Without A Crew, a book which is absolute required reading for all aspiring indie/low budget filmmakers.

He and fellow director Quentin Tarantino have worked together on a couple of each other's projects, their biggest collaboration being Grindhouse.

Rodriguez has also co-created a TV station named El Rey, which specializes in classic grindhouse-style cinema and shows, as well as co-created a new wrestling show named Lucha Underground, which sports talent from famed Mexican promotion AAA.

See also Hybride Technologies, the VFX firm that Rodriguez works with in most of his films.

Partial Filmography:

Robert Rodriguez provides examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: Himself. Taken Up to Eleven with his children.
  • Attention Deficit Creator Disorder: Rodriguez suffers from this from time to time. After Sin City came out, he began talking about a pair of sequels filmed back-to-back with new original material written by Frank Miller. After Miller failed to produce (mostly due to his new love of film directing) the sequels hit a major snag and even Mickey Rourke publicly announced he wasn't waiting up. Then, after Grindhouse was released Rodriguez was not only attached to Sin City 2/3 but a Machete feature film (which happened years later) and a remake of Barbarella. The Sin City sequel only came out of Development Hell in 2012. Nobody believes any news regarding future Rodriguez projects until the cameras start rolling.
  • Berserk Button: Rodriguez hates shooting movies on film, and can launch into some pretty epic rants about how expensive and inconvenient it is, especially if you're trying to work on a low budget. Since 2003 all of his movies have been shot and edited digitally.
  • Cool Hat: See above, he seems to always be seen wearing that hat (or a similar one).
  • Copiously Credited Creator: Usually directs, writes, produces, and composes the score of his movies. He also mixes the sound, and has some input in special and visual effects and edits. Occasionally, he also manages to have a Creator Cameo. On Planet Terror he's also (half)jokingly credited as his own chef.
  • Doing It for the Art: Rodriguez left the Director's Guild of America so that Frank Miller could work and be credited as the co-director of Sin City. It is against the Guilds policy for non-members to be credited as co-directors, and Rodriguez decided to leave rather than compromise his principles.
  • Dashing Hispanic: Take any Mexican-themed Rodriguez film and you'll find plenty of really badass macho men.
  • Directing Against Type: When Spy Kids first came out, his name on the posters provoked numerous DoubleTakes. By now, his family-friendly films may represent an alternative type.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Quentin Tarantino.
  • Production Posse: There is a set of actors that Rodriguez is using in nearly every film he made. Most prominent examples are Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin and Tom Savini.
  • Rated M for Manly: Oh, very much so. See Dashing Hispanic above.
  • Real-Life Relative: Danny Trejo is actually his second cousin. They didn't realize this until Desperado had already wrapped.
  • Rule of Cool
  • Shout-Out: The names of three of his children are revealed to be part of Juni Cortez's full name in Spy Kids 2.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Why he directed Spy Kids and all that lot.
  • South of the Border: Loves having fun with Mexican stereotypes.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"? / Theme Naming: His children are called Rocket, Racer, Rebel, Rogue, and Rhiannon.
  • World of Badass: Again, there is hardly a character in his action movies who isn't badass in some form.