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Kiss that million and change you were hoping to get back from the Great State of Texas for making “Machete” in-state goodbye, Robert Rodriguez. After some debate as to whether the Texas Film Commission would approve monetary incentives for the film “Machete” (which would have been around $1.75 million for the $10 million dollar production), the answer is a big fat, No. The issue? Apparently TFC felt that “Machete”, which starred Danny Trejo as a pissed off Mexican looking for some bloody revenge from Mexican and Texan bad guys, was way too negative in terms of its portrayals of Texas and Texans.
In a brief, formal letter dated Dec. 1 and released Wednesday by Katherine Cesinger , a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry, the Texas Film Commission cited part of a state code that says requests for film incentives can be denied “because of inappropriate content or content that portrays Texas or Texans in a negative fashion.”
The irony here? The TFC’s film incentive program was signed into law in 2009 by Governor Rick Perry. The location of the signing? Robert Rodriguez’s Troublemaker studio, with Rodriguez standing at Perry’s side as he signed it — pictured, below.
Folks, you can’t make this stuff up.