Preview by: Jack Foley
IT'S been almost eight years since Antonio Banderas blasted his
way through Mexico in Robert Rodriguez's glorious shoot-'em-up,
Desperado, and the clock is now ticking down to the release of
the third film in the trilogy, the impressively-titled, Once Upon
A Time In Mexico.
Pencilled in for a late 2003 release, Desperado 2 will be Rodriguez's
epic conclusion to the El Mariachi trilogy and although very little
is known about it, already promises to be one of the year's undisputed
highlights for action fans.
The plot, according to several sources, seems to revolve around
the traveling vigilante, known as El Mariachi (Banderas), after
he is recruited by CIA Agent Sands (Johnny Depp) to take down
a corrupt general, who is in partnership with a powerful drug
lord, Barrillo (played by Willem Dafoe), in an attempt to overthrow
the president of Mexico.
That, however, is just the tip of the iceberg, as other layers
of subterfuge and deception lurk, which all come to a head in
a violent series of confrontations... Rodriguez style.
The director has likened the final part of the trilogy to another
fondly-remembered classic, Sergio Leone's sweeping The Good, The
Bad and The Ugly, and has promised that this will be the definitive
El Mariachi movie. He has also got back many long-time collaborators,
including Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin and Danny Trejo. Curiously,
the names Mickey Rourke, Enrique Iglesias and Ruben Blades have
also been mentioned.
Rodriguez himself is quoted as saying: "I am filming the
story that I wanted to make from the first time. Let us say that
I took three attempts to make the correct one. I believe that
this will be the best because it is a bigger production, the cast
is enormous and the story is better."
He adds: "I plan on returning to a down and dirty, more
experimental style of shooting similar to 'El Mariachi,' this
summer being the 10-year anniversary of when I shot that film."
Rodriguez is clearly excited about the project and talks of setting
them in a sort of alternative reality, much like the ones created
by Quentin Tarantino in his movies. Talking on a website devoted
to all of his films, the director goes on to say that all his
movies 'are like dreams... there are people that need to find
their personal freedom and they have to do strange things to obtain
it. At the end they all will have it, in a way'.
In an interview with Latino Review, meanwhile, he promises that
the movie will be a lot of fun, adding that 'if you liked Desperado
at all, you'll really love the movie. And it just keeps going,
it's got more characters, and Willem Defoe is playing a Mexican
Mickey Rourke's in it, he's really cool'.
Johnny Depp, meanwhile, has also been talking about the film
with apparent relish, particularly as the movie marks something
of a change of pace for him.
"I play an especially nasty CIA agent, named Sands,"
he told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I'm just not a nice guy...
I'm the most disgusting of all the characters! But the main focus
is, of course, the Desperado character, played by Antonio (Banderas)."
Needless to say, Indielondon will bring you more details on the
film, including a look at its US reaction, nearer the time of