Picks and Pans Review: Return of the Mariachi Man
Contrary to what those acquaintances might think, Rodriguez hasn't changed all that much. He still lives, he says, in a "dinky little two-bedroom apartment in Austin" with his wife and Desperado coproducer Elizabeth Avellan. And he made his sequel—which, by Hollywood standards, is still a low-budget film—using some of the same shoestring techniques he improvised during Mariachi. Filming at a breakneck schedule of up to 40 scenes per day, Rodringuez took dolly shots by strapping his camera to his shoulders while an extra pushed him in a wheelchair.
The novelty of Desperado was working with a big-name star. Banderas, who was eager to make a movie with Rodriguez after seeing Mariachi, has raved about the director's "incredible energy," adding, "He's an actor's dream."
After Desperado, Rodriguez's next project is Four Rooms—a quartet of short films from different directors, including Quentin Tarantino, due in October. That's just a month after the expected birth of his and Avellan's first child. "Poor kid," Rodriguez laughs. "He's never going to have a normal life—flying around with Daddy, shooting movies everywhere."