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.

Or, he's both?

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:

  • 100 Years - which won't be released until 2115. Yes, really.
  • Uglydolls, directing an animated adaptation of the popular stuffed toy line, releasing in May 2019.

Robert Rodriguez provides examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: Himself. Taken Up to Eleven with his children.
  • 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. (This is in sharp contrast to his friend Quentin Tarantino, who vastly prefers shooting on film.)
  • Cool Hat: See above, he seems to always be seen wearing that hat (or a similar one).
  • Dashing Hispanic: Take any Mexican-themed Rodriguez film and you'll find plenty of really badass macho men.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Quentin Tarantino.
  • Rated M for Manly: Oh, very much so. See Dashing Hispanic above.
  • Real Men Cook: Many of the DVD releases of his films include "Ten Minute Cooking Schools" in the special features, where he teaches the audience how to prepare some of his favorite meals.
    I've got a lot of friends who don't know how to cook, which I could never understand because not knowing how to cook is like not knowing how to fuck.
  • 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.
  • 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.