Rodriguez, Robert (I) Biography

biography of Rodriguez, Robert (I)

Robert Anthony Rodriguez
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20 June 1968, San Antonio, Texas, USA
6' 2"
Robert Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA. At a very young age he showed an interest in cartooning and filmmaking and devoted all of his time towards developing this fascination. Finally, it paid off, resulting in him in making real movies; and just the first of them - _El mariachi (1992)_ (qv) - made him the legend of independent, ultra-low budget filmmaking. His further career is a sign for young filmmakers that even the wildest dreams may come true if you are brave enough to follow your own path. Since then, Robert has written, directed, edited, and/or produced around 12 movies (as of 2007), including: _Desperado (1995)_ (qv), _From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)_ (qv), _The Faculty (1998)_ (qv) and _Spy Kids (2001)_ (qv).

Of all the people to be amazed by the images of 'John Carpenter (I)' (qv)'s 1981 sci-fi parable, _Escape from New York (1981)_ (qv), none were as captivated as the 12-year-old Tejano boy who sat with his friends in a crowded cinema. Many people watch films and arrogantly proclaim "I can do that." This young man said something different: "I WILL do that. I'm gonna make movies." The young man in question is 'Robert Rodriguez (I)' (qv) and this day was the catalyst of his dream career. Born and raised in Texas, Robert was the middle child of a family that would include 10 children. While many-a-child would easily succumb to a Jan Brady-sense of being lost in the shuffle, Robert always stood out as a very creative and very active young man. An artist by nature, he was very rarely seen sans pencil-in-hand doodling some abstract (yet astounding) dramatic feature on a piece of paper. His mother, not a fan of the "dreary" cinema of the 1970s, instills a sense of cinema in her children by taking them on weekly trips to San Antonio's famed Olmos Theatre movie house and treats them to a healthy dose of Hollywood's "Golden Age" wonders, from 'Sergio Leone (I)' (qv) to the silent classic of 'Charles Chaplin' (qv) and 'Buster Keaton' (qv). In a short amount of time, young Robert finds the family's old Super-8 film camera and makes his first films. The genres are unlimited: action, sci-fi, horror, drama, stop-motion animation. He uses props from around the house, settings from around town, and makes use of the largest cast and crew at his disposal: his family. At the end of the decade, his father, a salesman, brings home the latest home-made technological wonder: a VCR, and with it (as a gift from the manufacturer) a video camera. With this new equipment at his disposal, he makes movies his entire life. He screens the movies for friends, all of whom desperately want to star in the next one. He gains a reputation in the neighbourhood as "the kid who makes movies". Rather than handing in term papers, he is allowed to hand in "term movies" because, as he himself explains, "[the teachers] knew I'd put more effort into a movie than I ever would into an essay." He starts his own comic strip, "Los Hooligans". His movies win every local film competition and festival. When low academic grades threaten to keep him out of UT Austin's renowned film department, he proves his worth the only way he knows how: he makes a movie. Three, in fact: trilogy of short movies called "Austin Stories" starring his siblings. It beats the entries of the school's top students and allows Robert to enter the programme. After being accepted into the film department, Robert takes $400 of his own money to make his "biggest" film yet: a 16mm short comedy/fantasy called _Bedhead (1991)_ (qv). Pouring every idea and camera trick he knew into the short, it went on to win multiple awards. After meeting and marrying fellow Austin resident 'Elizabeth Avellan' (qv), Robert comes up with a crazy idea: he will sell his body to science in order to finance his first feature-length picture (a Mexican action adventure about a guitarist with no name looking for work but getting caught up in a shoot-'em-up adventure) that he will sell to the Spanish video market and use as an entry point to a lucrative Hollywood career. With his "guinea pig" money he raises a mere $7,000 and creates _El mariachi (1992)_ (qv). But rather than lingering in obscurity, the film finds its way to the Sundance film festival where it becomes an instant favourite, wins Robert a distribution deal with Columbia pictures and turns him into an icon among would-be film-makers the world over. Not one to rest on his laurels, he immediately helms the straight-to-cable movie _Roadracers (1994) (TV)_ (qv) and contributes a segment to the anthology comedy _Four Rooms (1995)_ (qv) (his will be the most lauded segment). His first "genuine" studio effort would soon have people referring to him as "'John Woo (I)' (qv) from south-of-the-border". It is the "Mariachi" remake/sequel _Desperado (1995)_ (qv). More lavish and action-packed than its own predecessor, the movie--while not a blockbuster hit--does decent business and single-handedly launches the American film careers of 'Antonio Banderas' (qv) as the guitarist-turned-gunslinger and 'Salma Hayek' (qv) as his love interest (the two would star in several of his movies from then on). It also furthers the director's reputation of working on low budgets to create big results. In the year when movies like _Batman Forever (1995)_ (qv) and _GoldenEye (1995)_ (qv) were pushing budgets past the $100 million mark, Rodriguez brought in "Desperado" for just under $7 million. The film also featured a cameo by fellow indie film wunderkind, 'Quentin Tarantino' (qv). It would be the beginning of a long friendship between the two sprinkled with numerous collaborations. Most notable the Tarantino-penned vampire schlock-fest _From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)_ (qv). The kitschy flick (about a pair of criminal brothers on the run from the Texas Rangers, only to find themselves in a vamp-infested Mexican bar) became an instant cult favourite and launched the lucrative film career of _"ER" (1994)_ (qv) star 'George Clooney' (qv). After a two-year break from directing (primarily to spend with his family, but also developing story ideas and declining Hollywood offers) he returned to "Dusk till Dawn" territory with the teen/sci-fi/horror movie _The Faculty (1998)_ (qv), written by _Scream (1996)_ (qv) writer, 'Kevin Williamson (I)' (qv). Although it's developed a small following of its own, it would prove to be Robert's least-successful film. Critics and fans alike took issue with the pedestrian script, the off-kilter casting and the flick's blatant over-commercialization (due to a marketing deal with clothing designer 'Tommy Hilfiger' (qv)). After another three-year break, Rodriguez returned to make his most successful (and most unexpected) movie yet, based on his own segment from _Four Rooms (1995)_ (qv). After a string of bloody, adult-oriented action fare, no one anticipated him to write and direct the colourful and creative _Spy Kids (2001)_ (qv), a movie about a pair of prepubescent Latino sibs who discover that their lame parents ('Antonio Banderas' (qv) and 'Carla Gugino' (qv)) are actually two of the world's greatest secret agents. The film was hit among both audiences and critics alike. After quitting the Writers' Guild of America and being introduced to digital filmmaking by 'George Lucas (I)' (qv), Robert immediately applied the creative, flexible (and cost-effective) technology to every one of his movies from then on, starting with an immediate sequel to his family friendly hit: _Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002)_ (qv) which was THEN immediately followed by the trilogy-capper _Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)_ (qv). The latter would prove to be the most financially-lucrative of the series and employ the long-banished movie gimmick of 3-D with eye-popping results. Later the same year Rodriguez career came full circle when he completed the final entry of the story that made brought him to prominence: "El Mariachi". The last chapter, _Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)_ (qv), would be his most direct homage to the 'Sergio Leone (I)' (qv) westerns he grew up on. With a cast boasting 'Antonio Banderas' (qv) (returning as the gunslinging guitarist), 'Johnny Depp' (qv) (as a corrupt CIA agent attempting to manipulate him), 'Salma Hayek' (qv), 'Mickey Rourke' (qv), 'Willem Dafoe' (qv) and 'Eva Mendes' (qv), the film delivered even more of the Mexican shoot-'em-up spectacle than both of the previous films combined. Now given his choice of movies to do next, Robert sought out famed comic book writer/artist 'Frank Miller (II)' (qv), a man who had been very vocal of never letting his works be adapted for the screen. Even so, he was wholeheartedly convinced and elated when Rodriguez presented him with a plan to turn Miller's signature work into the film _Sin City (2005)_ (qv). A collection of noir-ish tales set in a fictional, crime-ridden slum, the movie boasts the largest cast Rodriguez has worked with to date. Saying he didn't want to mere "adapt" Miller's comics but "translate" them, Rodriguez' insistence that Miller co-direct the movie lead to Robert's resignation from the Director's Guild of America (and his subsequent dismissal from the film _John Carter (2012)_ (qv) as a result). Nevertheless, he has looked back on his decision with no regrets. Playing by his own rules or not at all, Robert Rodriguez has redefined what is and is not for a film-maker to do. Shunning Hollywood's ridiculously-high budgets, multi-picture deals and the two most powerful unions for the sake of maintaining creative freedom are decisions that would (and have) cost many directors their careers. Robert Rodriguez has turned these into his strengths, creating some of the most imaginative works the big-screen has ever seen. Where will his career lead him next ? It's hard to say. He's too busy making movies to think about a time when he can't make them anymore.
Buddy-L, Daly City, Ca.

Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born on the 20th of June 1968 and, from an early age, exhibited interest in the world of film production. Being a Texan with a large family, he was able to develop his filming technique to create short films using his family as actors and critics. Rodriquez found his fantasy by emerging himself in the world of film, often expressing himself through the lens of his family's old camera. His genres include: fantasy, horror, sci-fi, thriller, drama and short animations that gained him the reputation as the "guy who makes movies" within his neighbourhood. After developing his first few short films, he applied to the University of Texas to enter a film and television course but was rejected because of his poor academic record. However, this only pushed Rodriquez harder as he then wrote, directed and edited over 30 short films featuring his family and friends. Eventually, he was allowed into the university because of his talent. Through the course, Rodriquez learnt the fundamental techniques that would one day make his a Hollywood star. After graduating, Rodriguez wrote his first big Hollywood film, _El mariachi (1992)_ (qv). Rodriquez was, however, unfortunately unemployed and with little money. Unfazed, he signed up to have scientific tests done on him in exchange for the funds for the film. When he had raised the money, he headed out with his friend 'Carlos Gallardo (I)' (qv) to Mexico. After shooting, directing and editing the film themselves, Columbia Pictures approached them and offered to distribute the film. _El mariachi (1992)_ (qv) tells the tale of a Mexican guitar player who travels to the town of Acuña looking for work. The Mariachi (as he is known in the film) dreams of becoming a big-time Mariachi (a Mexican-style guitarist who often plays in bars and restaurants for money) just like his forefathers. However, after a mix-up with an ex-convict and a drug lord, he finds himself stuck in between a rock and a hard place. Rodriguez has since made many films whose genres include: action, thriller, sci-fi, drama and film noir. In early 2005, Rodriquez brought 'Frank Miller (II)' (qv)'s _Sin City (2005)_ (qv) to life by directing and filming three intertwining story lines - The Hard Goodbye, The Big Fat Kill and That Yellow Bastard. After convincing a stubborn 'Frank Miller (II)' (qv) into agreeing to let him work on the series, together with Dimension Films he brought the well-loved comic to the worldwide screen. As many critics cite, _Sin City (2005)_ (qv) was created as a pure film noir piece to adapt Miller's comics onto the screen. Co-directing with 'Frank Miller (II)' (qv) and 'Quentin Tarantino' (who guest directed in That Yellow Bastard) allowed Rodriquez to again shock Hollywood with his talent. In late 2007, Rodriquez again teamed up with his friend Tarantino to create the double-episode film, The Grindhouse featuring Rodriquez's offering of _Planet Terror (2007)_ (qv). _Planet Terror (2007)_ (qv) was a film shot in the specific genre of "hardcore, extreme, sex-fueled, action packed." Rodriguez flirts with his passion to make a showy film exploiting all of his experience to make an extremely entertaining thrill ride. The film is encompassed around Cherry ('Rose McGowan (I)' (qv)), a reluctant go-go dancer who is found wanting when she meets her ex-lover El Wray (played by 'Freddy Rodríguez (I)' (qv)) who turns up at a local BBQ grill. They then, after a turn of events, find themselves fending off brain-eating zombies whilst trying to flee to Mexico (here we go off to Mexico again). Apart from directing, Rodriquez also involves himself in camera work, editing and composing music for his movies sound tracks (he composed the _Planet Terror (2007)_ (qv) main theme). He also shoots a lot of his own action scenes to get a direct idea from his eye as the director into the film. In _El mariachi (1992)_ (qv), Rodriquez spent hours in front of a pay-to-use, computer editing his film. This allowed him to capture the ideal footage exactly as he wanted it. Away from the filming aspect of Hollywood, Rodriguez is an expert chef who cooks gourmet meals for the cast and crew. Rodriquez is also known for his ability to turn a low-budgeted film with a small crew into an example of film mastery. _El mariachi (1992)_ (qv) was "the movie made on seven grand" and still managed to rank as one of Rodriguez' best films (receiving a rating of 92% on the Rotten Tomatoes film review site). Because Rodriquez is involved so deeply in his films, he is able to capture what he wants first time, which saves both time and money. Rodriguez's films share some similar threads and ideas, whilst also having differences. In _El mariachi (1992)_ (qv), he uses a hand-held camera. He made this decision for several reasons. First, he couldn't afford a tripod and secondly, he wanted to make the audience more aware of the action. In the action sequences he is given more mobility with a hand-held camera and also allows for distortion of the unprofessional action sequences (because the cost of all special effects in the film totaled $600). However, in _Sin City (2005)_ (qv) and _Planet Terror (2007)_ (qv), the budget was much greater, and Rodriquez could afford to spend more on special affects (especially since both films were filmed predominately with green screen) and, thus, there was no need to cover for error.
Peter Werda

-   'Elizabeth Avellan' (qv) (9 July 1990 - 12 April 2008) (divorced); 5 children

-   DVD releases of his movies always include a do-it-yourself/behind-the-scenes features on the movies entitled "10-minute Film School" (although they are rarely actually ten minutes). Beginning with the disc for _Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)_ (qv), he's also begun including "10-minute Cooking School" to show how to cook the trademark dishes his characters dine on.

-   Frequently sets his films in Texas

-   Frequently begins films with a scene where a supporting character is talking to another supporting character about the main character. See: Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

-   Characters getting shot in the hand (See: _El mariachi (1992)_ (qv), _From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)_ (qv))

-   Over-the-top and surreal action scenes

-   Cowboy hat

-   Frequently uses 'Antonio Banderas' (qv), 'Salma Hayek' (qv), 'Cheech Marin' (qv), 'Danny Trejo' (qv), 'Elijah Wood' (qv) and 'Robert Patrick (I)' (qv).

-   Famous for working and delivering on relatively low budgets (partly by taking on multiple production roles himself in addition to writing and directing). His most expensive movie, _Sin City (2005)_ (qv), cost $40 million while most are budgeted $20 million or lower. He also has final cut and final approval of all marketing materials in his contracts.

-   A huge fan of 'John Carpenter (I)' (qv), Rodriguez will often make reference to his films in his own. E.g., the drug test scene in _The Faculty (1998)_ (qv) to see who's an alien is a direct reference to the blood test scene in _The Thing (1982)_ (qv).

-   His adult-oriented movies always feature a fictional brand of beer called "Cerveza Chango". Chango is the Orisha (a deity as in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria - an amalgam of African tradition and Catholocism) of fire, lightning and dance. Chango is renowned for the way he avenges crimes against the innocent, a recurring theme in Rodriguez-movies in which the fictional beer appears.

-   Shoots all his films digitally since _Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002)_ (qv)

-   Often uses images of scorpions in his films

-   Many of his characters are mysterious, shady anti-heroes with violent pasts

-   Family plays a big part in his films, especially sibling relationships. In Desperado, the main characters are brothers. In From Dusk Till Dawn, the Gekko Brothers care deeply for one another despite Their sociopathic nature, etc.

-   His heroes often dress entirely in black

-   Unlike many action films, his often show the characters reloading their weapons at realistic times and carrying ammunition.

-   Brother of 'Elizabeth Rodriguez (I)' (qv), 'Tina Rodriguez' (qv), 'David Rodriguez (V)' (qv), 'Rebecca Rodriguez (I)' (qv), 'Patricia Vonne' (qv), and 'Angela Lanza' (qv). Cousin of 'Álvaro Rodríguez (II)' (qv) & actor 'Danny Trejo' (qv).

-   Went to St. Anthony's High School.

-   Studied at St. Anthony's University, The University of Texas at Austin.

-   He earned most of the $7000 it cost to make _El mariachi (1992)_ (qv) by subjecting himself to experimental drug studies. One of the experimental drugs that was tested on Rodriguez was a "speed healer." He has two divots in his arms as a result of the removed sample.

-   In April of 1996, headed the list of "25 Most Powerful Hispanics in Hollywood", published by Hispanic Magazine.

-   In May 1999 he was honored with the Outstanding Young Texas Award by the Ex- Students' Association.

-   Has 5 children with 'Elizabeth Avellan' (qv): sons 'Rocket Rodriguez' (qv), 'Racer Rodriguez' (qv), 'Rebel Rodriguez' (qv), 'Rogue Rodriguez' (qv) and daughter 'Rhiannon Rodriguez' (qv).

-   Ranked #80 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #94 in 2002.

-   Set up a symphony orchestra in his garage to record the score for _Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002)_ (qv).

-   He wrote two scripts for "Predator 3" (which later became _AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)_ (qv)). One took place at a ship in the 17th century, while the second one was about 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv) and 'Danny Glover' (qv)'s characters being taken to the alien planet, as trophies.

-   Turned down the chance to direct 'Kevin Smith (I)' (qv)'s script for "Superman Lives" (which as of 2004 is not being made in to a feature film, having been replaced with another script). 'Kevin Smith (I)' (qv) also pursued Rodriguez to helm his controversial religious satire _Dogma (1999)_ (qv). Rodriguez turned it down, insisting that the project was so personal that Smith ought to do it himself.

-   His production company was called "Los Hooligans", named after the comic strip he drew in college, but it is now titled "Troublemaker Studios".

-   Left the Writers' Guild of America (WGA) in late 2001, citing the organization had "too many rules and just take your money."

-   The last of his movies shot on film was _Spy Kids (2001)_ (qv). During post-production of that film at Skywalker Ranch, 'George Lucas (I)' (qv) introduced him to 24p HD film-making and Rodriguez was immediately converted. He owns two Sony HDW-F900 cameras, the same model used by Lucas on the Star Wars prequels.

-   Was originally chosen to direct _John Carter (2012)_ (qv) for Paramount and had already begun some of the preproduction in early 2004. However, once he left the DGA, Paramount (which will only allow their films to be directed by DGA members) replaced him.

-   Directed parts of the scene in _Pulp Fiction (1994)_ (qv) where 'Quentin Tarantino' (qv) appears as Jimmy. (Rodriguez was uncredited for his directing.)

-   After seeing 'John Carpenter (I)' (qv)'s _Escape from New York (1981)_ (qv) at age 12, he knew he wanted to be a filmmaker.

-   Edited _El mariachi (1992)_ (qv) at a public access station in Austin, Texas. He edited from late at night to the early hours in the morning, because the time was cheaper. However the station would often close up, setting the alarm; this meant he would have to stay at his editing bench for eight hours at a time without restroom breaks.

-   Absolutely loathed the fact that he had to shoot his movies on film to enter them into film festivals. Soon after _Bedhead (1991)_ (qv) and _El mariachi (1992)_ (qv) hit, many festivals began admitting video formats.

-   Directed, shot and edited a concert film for 'Del Castillo' (qv) entitled _Del Castillo (2003) (V)_ (qv). He and Castillo share several band members. Rodriguez uses them in his newly-formed band, Chingon (Spanish for "bad ass"). They recently released an album and played on the end credits for _Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)_ (qv) for his friend, 'Quentin Tarantino' (qv).

-   'Salma Hayek' (qv) is his children's godmother.

-   Is an accomplished chef.

-   Has resigned from the DGA twice. The first time was so he could directed the non-guild _Four Rooms (1995)_ (qv) with 'Quentin Tarantino' (qv) and two other directors. The second time was in 2004 when he wanted to give 'Frank Miller (II)' (qv) a co-director credit for _Sin City (2005)_ (qv). Other notable DGA "defectors" include his close friends 'George Lucas (I)' (qv) and 'Quentin Tarantino' (qv).

-   Ranked #48 on Premiere's 2005 Power 50 List. Had ranked #61 in 2004.

-   Since 1998, he has possessed the film rights to the comic book "Madman" by 'Mike Allred' (qv). Although the film has yet to be produced, Allred is the one who helped Rodriguez get in touch with 'Frank Miller (II)' (qv), which led to the latter's own comic property becoming the movie _Sin City (2005)_ (qv). As of 2006, Rodriguez and Allred have gone on record as saying that a screenplay for the "Madman" movie (based on an outline by the two of them) had been written by 'George Huang (I)' (qv), with hopes to start shooting before the end of 2006.

-   Was originally attached to direct _The Mask of Zorro (1998)_ (qv), but the studio didn't agree with his much more violent and R-rated proposal.

-   [2008] Engaged to 'Rose McGowan (I)' (qv).

-   Received his honorary degree in communications, and received his actual degree from the University of Texas, College of Communications in 2009.

-   Lives in Austin, Texas.

-   Close friends with 'Quentin Tarantino' (qv).

-   Rebel without a Crew, or how a 23-year-old filmmaker with $7,000 became a Hollywood Player, (Dutton Books, 1995).

-   RoadRacers, The Making of a Degenerate Hot Rod Flick, (Faber and Faber, April 1998, UK).

-   Director & Editor Tito & Tarantula - After Dark (music video) Available on the Collector's Edition of "From Dusk till Dawn"

-   Director & Editor ZZ Top - She's Just Killing Me (music video) Available on the Collector's Edition of "From Dusk till Dawn"

-   Published Poet

-   Directed a Martini vermouth ad for the European market (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Spain) starring 'George Clooney' (qv), 'Jaime King (I)' (qv) and 'Leonor Varela (I)' (qv). Title: El Toro. Client: Bacardi Global Brands. Agency: McCann Erickson. Production company: Production designer: 'Tom Foden' (qv). Music: 'Silas Hite' (qv). Filmed in the Grand Ballroom of Atlanta's Georgian Terrace Hotel for two days around 21 April 2007. Released: 10 June 2007. Two versions: 30'' and 60''.

-   Directed a global (except USA and Canada) campaign for Nespresso starring 'George Clooney' (qv) and 'John Malkovich' (qv), also starring Martina Panagia, 'Helen Lindes' (qv), 'Charlotte Poutrel' (qv) and Madilon Bos. Agency: McCann Erickson France, Clichy. Creative director: Mike Zonnenberg. Art director: Gérald Schmite. Copywriter: Sylvie Charhon. Production company: Moonwalk Films, Paris. Cinematographer: 'Jimmy Lindsey (I)' (qv). Music: "The Boutique" by 'Benjamin Raffaelli' (qv) & 'Frédéric Doll' (qv) and "Eternal Bliss" by Karma Leon. Filmed in Milan for three days around 22 June 2009. Released: 6 November 2009. Four versions: 30'', 60'', 116'' and 155''.

-   I didn't want Frank [Miller, creator of the comic "Sin City" and co-writer on the film] to be treated just as a writer because he is the only one who has actually been to 'Sin City'. I am making such a literal interpretation of his book that I'd have felt weird taking directing credit without him. It was easier for me to quietly resign because otherwise I'd have been force to make compromises I was unwilling to make, or set a precedent that might hurt the guild later on. -- March, 2004 in response to why he left the Directors' Guild of America just before the filming of _Sin City (2005)_ (qv)

-   I always consider Salma [Hayek] for my projects, even for male roles.

-   Video technology puts filmmaking back in the hands of the people. That's how I learned how to make movies - making movies at home.

-   _Film Is Dead: An Evening with Robert Rodriguez (2003) (V)_ (qv)

-   "Humo" (Belgium), 25 September 2001, Iss. 3186, pg. 140, "Een mooie kont, en meer"

-   "Total Film" (Hungary), May 1999, Iss. 3, pg. 44-46, by: Andy Lowe

-   "Cinema" (Hungary), April 1999, Iss. 89, pg. 78, by: Eric Stahl, "Mindig a menõ srácok közé akartam tartozni"

-   "Amarcord" (Italy), October 1997, Vol. 2, Iss. 10, pg. 20-23, by: Fabio Zanello, "Robert Rodriguez, l'ultimo desperado"

-   "Diário de Notícias" (Portugal), 1997, Iss. 46700, pg. 17

-   "Melody Maker" (UK), 8 June 1996, pg. 24, by: Michael Bonner, "Blood on the Tracks"

-   "Cinema" (Greece), June 1996, Iss. 69, pg. 42,43, by: Ioanna Papageorgiou, "Hazo pedi hara gemato"

-   "Fade In:" (USA), 1995, Vol. 1, Iss. 2, pg. 14 -15, by: A. Kelly, "Robert Rodriguez: Who Knows What Lurks Beneath the Bandana of One of Hollywood's Hottest New Filmmaker"

-   "El País Semanal" (Spain), 17 July 2005, Vol. 1503, pg. 56-63, by: Rocío Ayuso, "El cine latino toma EE.UU."

-   "New York Times" (USA), 2005, by: Johanna JainChill, "Role Model"

-   "Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 23 April 2004, Vol. 1, Iss. 761, pg. 18-19, by: Scott Brown, "Robert's Rules"

-   "Premiere" (USA), 1 October 2003, Vol. 17, Iss. 2, pg. 68-71, by: David Hochman, "Once Upon A Time In Moviemaking"

-   "Vox" (Hungary), September 2001, Iss. 53, pg. 56, by: Robert Rodriguez, "Hogyan legyünk tíz perc alatt filmrendezõk?"

-   "Vox" (Hungary), September 2001, Iss. 53, pg. 54-57, by: Eszter Szikora, "Volt egy Mexikó - Robert Rodriguez és az egy marék dollár legendája"

-   "Vox" (Hungary), April 1999, Vol. 3, Iss. 4 (24), pg. 52-53, by: Eszter Szikora, "A sztár, a rendezõ és az ember: Robert Rodriguez"

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  21. The Shark Is Still Working (2007)
  22. "My Shot With" (2005) {Robert Rodriguez}
  23. "The Charlie Rose Show" (1991) {(2007-04-05)}
  24. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#4.44)}
  25. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) {(#15.61)}
  26. "Up Close with Carrie Keagan" (2007) {(2007-04-04)}
  27. "Up Close with Carrie Keagan" (2007) {(2007-10-04)}
  28. Back to the Well: 'Clerks II' (2006) (V)
  29. Nice Guys (2006)
  30. Scream Awards 2006 (2006) (TV)
  31. 2005 Taurus World Stunt Awards (2005) (TV)
  32. Champion (2005)
  33. Sin City (2005)
  34. Sin City: The Premiere (2005) (TV)
  35. Starz on the Set: Sin City (2005) (TV)
  36. The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005)
  37. "Cinema mil" (2005) {(#1.1)}
  38. "Cinema mil" (2005) {(#1.3)}
  39. "George Lopez" (2002) {George Buys a Vow (#4.17)}
  40. "Sunday Morning Shootout" (2003) {(#2.23)}
  41. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#1.53)}
  42. How to Make Cool Home Movies (2004) (V)
  43. Inside Troublemaker Studios (2004) (V)
  44. Ten Minute Cooking School: Puerco Pibil (2004) (V)
  45. Ten Minute Film School: Big Movies Made Cheap (2004) (V)
  46. Ten Minute Flick School: Fast, Cheap and in Control (2004) (V)
  47. The Good, the Bad & the Bloody: Inside KNB EFX (2004) (V)
  48. The Anti-Hero's Journey (2004) (V)
  49. The Making of 'Kill Bill: Volume 2' (2004) (TV)
  50. El Mariachi: 10 Years Later (2003) (V)
  51. Film Is Dead: An Evening with Robert Rodriguez (2003) (V)
  52. "VH1: All Access" (2003) {Awesomely Wacky Celebrity Baby Names}
  53. "HBO First Look" (1992) {Once Upon a Time in Mexico (#10.15)}
  54. "Breakfast" (2000) {(2002-08-13)}
  55. "Hollywood, Inc." (2002) {The Battle of the Blockbusters}
  56. "Total Access 24/7" (2001) {Spy Kids 2 (#2.4)}
  57. "The Big Breakfast" (1992) {(2001-04-06)}
  58. Bullfighter (2000)
  59. Famous (2000)
  60. Hollywood Goes to Hell (2000) (TV)
  61. "Deadline" (2000) {Pilot (#1.1)}
  62. Ten More Minutes: Anatomy of a Shootout (1998) (V)
  63. The Robert Rodriguez Ten Minute Film School (1998) (V)
  64. Full Tilt Boogie (1997)
  65. "Nash Bridges" (1996) {Bombshell (#3.10)}
  66. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
  67. "Cinema 3" (1984) {(1996-03-01)}
  68. "Cinema 3" (1984) {(1996-04-05)}
  69. The 9th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (1994) (TV)
  70. "Moving Pictures" (1990) {Robert Rodriguez: Ten Minute Film School}


  1. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2013) (screenplay)
  2. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (2011) (screenplay)
  3. Machete (2010) (written by) <1,1,1>
  4. Nerveracker (2010) {{SUSPENDED}} (screenplay)
  5. Shorts (2009) (written by)
  6. Grindhouse (2007) (written by) (fake trailer segment "Machete") <1,1,1>
  7. Grindhouse (2007) (written by) (segment "Planet Terror") <2,1,1>
  8. Planet Terror (2007) (written by) <1,1,1>
  9. The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005) (written by) <1,1,1>
  10. Curandero (2005) (original screenplay) <1,1,1>
  11. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) (script) <1,1,1>
  12. Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) (written by) <1,1,1>
  13. Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002) (written by) <1,1,1>
  14. Spy Kids (2001) (written by) <1,1,1>
  15. From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (1999) (V) (story) <2,1,2>
  16. Desperado (1995) (written by) <1,1,1>
  17. Four Rooms (1995) (written by) (segment "The Misbehavers") <3,1,1>
  18. "Rebel Highway" (1994) {Roadracers (#1.1)} (writer)
  19. Roadracers (1994) (TV) (written by) <1,1,1>
  20. El mariachi (1992) (written by) <1,1,1>
  21. Bedhead (1991) (screenplay) <2,1,1>
  22. Bedhead (1991) (story) <1,1,2>