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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Danny Trejo on 'Death Race,' prison boxing

By Scott Neumyer
ESPN The Magazine



Danny Trejo may not be a household name, but anyone who’s seen his unmistakable face on the big screen isn't likely to forget him. Arguably best-known for his roles in cult classics like "Desperado," "Con Air" and "Machete," the veteran character actor has stared down and intimidated some of the world's most famous actors.

Hot on the heels of his return as Goldberg in "Death Race 3: Inferno" (available on Blu-ray and DVD on January 22), Trejo is set up for a big 2013, with starring roles in the "Machete" sequel, "Machete Kills," and "In the Blood," alongside ex-MMA star Gina Carano.

See the video above to watch Trejo's recent chat with ESPN Playbook on everything from doing hard time in San Quentin, his childhood love of tennis great Richard “Pancho” Gonzales and his stable of classic cars.

Keep reading for Trejo's interview outtakes and a look at the "Death Race 3: Inferno" trailer.

What team would make you happiest if it won a championship?

Dallas Cowboys.

What is your most prized piece of sports memorabilia?

A picture of the baseball team that I played on in San Quentin.

If your life depended on your performance in a competitive sport, which one would you choose?

Boxing.

Your character, Goldberg, finds a bit of a love connection in “Death Race 3: Inferno.” How was that for you?

[Laughs.] Great little girl. Great little actress. We have this kiss and we talked about it, and she really got it.

We recently saw the first image of Alexa Vega in “Machete Kills.” Is there anything you can tell us about the film?

[Laughs.] Alexa Vega! My little Spy Kid turned into a [whistles], you know? [Laughs.] She was this cute, little baby Spy Kid when we last saw her and now I’m like, “Damn! What happened?”

See the "Death Race 3: Inferno" trailer below: