I hear “who?” being asked.
Robert Rodriguez is aiming for the heavens with Machete Kills. From the cast he’s assembled (Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Zoe Saldana, Amber Heard, and FUCKING LADY GAGA!) to the nutty plot (Machete must kill an arms dealer seeking to launch a weapon into space) Machete Kills looks to overthrow the first film with a mighty fist.
With the star power that Rodriguez is commanding, he’s still finding room for people to jump in. Today, he’s gotten Chilean martial arts and all around bad ass Marko Zaror. I know most of you are already asking who the hell is this guy? Being a fan of foreign action films, I’ve seen his work in such films as Mirage Man and Mandrill. I’ve also included some video below for you to check out of Mr. Zaror in action.
What the production has to say about Zaror’s casting:
LOS ANGELES, CA (August 20, 2012) Marko Zaror, an international martial arts action star, just finished filming Machete Kills, the sequel to Robert Rodriguez’s cult favorite Machete. Zaror joins an all-star ensemble cast, including Lady Gaga, Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, Sofia Vergara, and Jessica Alba. Zaror, dubbed the Bruce Lee of Latin America, is cast as Zaror (which happens to be his real last name), henchman to Mel Gibson’s villainous character.
Rodriguez was quick to comment, “I’ve been a big fan of Marko’s for years, and I even created this role specifically for him. He is an incredible martial artist with physics defying speed and agility, and he has a great movie star presence. I’m sure we’ll be working together again soon.”
For Zaror, this was an incredible opportunity. “To get a chance to work with Robert Rodriguez was a dream of mine since I saw El Mariachi. He has made some of the coolest characters ever. I am honored to have had the experience to work with him and his exceptional team,” says Zaror.
Zaror is currently working with producing partner and manager, Derek Rundell, and writer/director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza, from RONNOC Entertainment on their next film, Violent Rider. This is the same trio that brought us fan favorites, Kiltro, Mirageman, and Mandrill. In addition, Zaror will be joining One Good Thing written by Todd Brown [ed: That's me!] and the team that brought us The Raid.
Machete Kills opens sometime next year.