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.
Rodriguez is the founder of the El Rey Network, an American television network co-owned by Univision which specializes in classic grindhouse-style cinema and shows, as well as the co-creator of the professional wrestling promotion and El Rey original series of the same name, 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.
- El Mariachi
- "Room 309 - The Misbehavers", one segment in Four Rooms
- From Dusk Till Dawn
- The Faculty
- The Spy Kids series.
- Once Upon a Time in Mexico
- The Adventures Of Shark Boy And Lava Girl in 3-D
- Sin City
- Planet Terror, one half of the Grindhouse collab with Quentin Tarantino
- Predators, as producer (but still enough to evoke fandom rejoicing)
- Machete, a spinoff from one of the fake trailers featured in Grindhouse and takes place in the Spy Kids universe.
- Machete Kills, sequel to the above.
- Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron's pet project, for which he was given the helm by the man himself, once it turned out that Cameron would be tied by the Avatar sequels longer than he'd like.
- Uglydolls, based on the toyline of the same name. Was originally set to both direct and produce the movie, but was replaced by Kelly Asbury as director late in production, though is still producing it, along with contributing the story.
- 100 Years - which won't be released until 2115. Yes, really.
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.)
- Black and Grey Morality / Grey-and-Gray Morality: His more adult films. His kids films are either Black-and-White Morality or White-and-Grey Morality.
- 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.
- Good Parents: He deeply loves his kids and he has made numerous films out of their own ideas.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Quentin Tarantino.
- Later Installment Weirdness: After making Machete Kills, Robert took a break from filmmaking to expand his production company towards television with the El Ray Network for a few years. Even when he returned to the big screen he directed a high budget Hollywood epic and produced an animated feature that's considered by critics as the most normal entry in his family movie lineup.
- Nice Guy: He is an easygoing guy who many others enjoy working with, a hard-working multi-tasker who does all he does to make other peoples jobs easier, is a loving father and an all around friendly guy.
- Rated M for Manly: Oh, very much so. See Dashing Hispanic above.
- Production Posse: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Danny Trejo, Robert Patrick, Elijah Wood, George Clooney, Cheech Marin, and Jessica Alba are in a few of his movies.
- 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.
- Renaissance Man: As mentioned above, when Robert isn't in the directing chair he's also working as a producer, screenwriter, editor, cinematographer, composer, author, film teacher, makeup and effects artist, TV host, chef, and an occasional actor. He also operates his own production company and television channel, is the guitarist for his own rock band Chingon, is fluent in both English and Spanish, and dabbled as a cartoonist and animator with the comic strip Los Hooligans.
- 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.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: His family films are incredibly idealistic. His more adult films can be in the middle or a tad closer to the cynical end.
- White-and-Grey Morality / Black-and-White Morality: The morality in his kids films.
- 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.