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Danny Trejo To Receive Santa Fe Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award



Danny Trejo To Receive Santa Fe Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Iconic actor Danny Trejo is about to obtain one of many largest honors of his profession.

The star of Machete, From Nightfall Til Daybreak, Spy Children, Con Air, Warmth, and a whole bunch of different movies and tv sequence can be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award on the Santa Fe Movie Pageant on Thursday, the pageant’s opening night time. His new movie, American Underdog, will maintain its U.S. premiere at SFFF that night time, kicking off the occasion that runs in New Mexico’s capital metropolis from April 25-28.

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“Danny Trejo has developed a prolific profession within the leisure business with a hard-earned and atypical street to success,” the pageant notes. “From years of imprisonment to serving to troubled youth battle drug addictions, from appearing to producing, and now on to restaurant ventures, Trejo’s identify, face, and achievements are effectively acknowledged in Hollywood and past, however it’s his steady position as a faithful father of three and an intervention counselor that convey him probably the most satisfaction.”

Veronica Falcon in Los Angeles, February 29, 2024.Veronica Falcon in Los Angeles, February 29, 2024.

Veronica Falcon in Los Angeles, February 29, 2024.

Trejo’s co-star in American Underdog, Veronica Falcón, will obtain the pageant’s Trailblazer Visionary Award, recognizing her work on display screen on reveals together with Ozark, Queen of the South, and Perry Mason, and for her work offscreen as an activist. SFFF calls Falcón “an artist who has demonstrated excellence within the craft and served massive in inspiring optimistic change on the planet.”

Trejo, 79, received his begin in appearing in 1985, years after his launch from San Quentin state jail in California. He had turn into a boxing champion behind bars and received a primary begin in films by coaching Eric Roberts as a boxer for Runaway Prepare, which led to Trejo being solid in a small position within the movie. That background within the ring served him effectively in American Underdog, “a redemption story set on the planet of MMA by first-time Peruvian-American director, Gustavo Martin-Benites,” in accordance with a launch. “Trejo essays the position of ‘Dennis,’ a coach and former MMA fighter who reluctantly comes out of retirement to educate his ex-student – disgraced beginner MMA fighter, ‘Jai’, performed by Indian-American actor Vishy Ayyar.”

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Trejo says of the position, “My character ‘Dennis’ has come via the opposite facet of the fireplace, and now he’s at a spot in life the place he’s received the expertise, he’s lived it, and may give the knowledge and the steerage.”

Together with Trejo, Falcón and Ayyar, the movie stars Taylor Treadwell (Father Figures), Suleka Mathew (Mayfair Witches), Andrew Grey (Energy Rangers), and Omi Vaidya (3 Idiots). Naveen A. Chathapuram, Cristy Coors Beasley and Rashaana Shah produce the movie. Ayyer co-wrote the American Underdog, which relies partly on his personal experiences.

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‘American Underdog’ poster

“After shedding 50 million {dollars} in my actual property enterprise, I used to be in shock as my life crumbled in entrance of me which led to submitting for chapter,” Ayyar mentioned. “American Underdog is a testomony that everybody involves America as an underdog and might fall over and over, however can discover that redemption from probably the most unlikely of paths.”

Trejo’s personal redemption story noticed him overcome a childhood of abuse and dependancy, to a profession in Hollywood and now main success as an entrepreneur. Because the pageant notes, “Trejo’s increasing restaurant empire contains Trejo’s Tacos & Cantina, and Trejo’s Espresso & donuts, with a fifth restaurant opening in downtown Los Angeles.” Two days in the past, he was in London for the opening of a Trejo’s Tacos location within the English capital. He has authored two books, together with Trejo’s Tacos: Recipes and Tales from LA.

Trejo has 29 upcoming cinematic initiatives in numerous levels of completion, together with Hollywood Heist, a caper film starring Alec Baldwin, Nick Cannon, Mickey Rourke, and Tara Reid.

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