Almost three years after releasing Machete, director Robert Rodriguez is back with Machete Kills, another look at the sword-wielding, stone-faced antihero (played by Danny Trejo) who originally came about as a joke in a faux trailer for Grindhouse. The project has an impressive cast list, including Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez as She, and Sofia Vergara, Lady Gaga, Charlie Sheen, and Mel Gibson in supporting roles. No one, least of all Rodriguez, is pretending that Machete Kills and its predecessor are anything other than campy, fun flicks, but the movie is sure to inspire some questions. We've rounded up the biggest ones and are addressing them below.
How Is Lady Gaga?
Pretty good, considering that this is Gaga’s first movie role. Of course, she also has the benefit of only having a few lines (most of which are spoken by a man), and spending a majority of her time in what looks and feels like an outtake from her 2010 "Telephone" music video (minus Beyoncé). Unsurprisingly, Gaga fits perfectly in Rodriguez’s world, which could be a good or a bad thing, depending on whether you're a fan of the director's work.
What About Sofia Vergara?
Despite the fact that Vergara and her machine-gun bra are featured heavily in promos for the film, she really only has a handful of lines in the actual movie. And the lines she does have are delivered at a decibel level so high they make Modern Family’s Gloria's screechiest moments sound like hushed whispers. Aside from all the yelling, Vergara seems like a natural fit for one of Rodriguez’s films. Her mixture of va-va-voom and winking silliness make her one of the more interesting actors to watch — you just get the sense that she's enjoying herself.