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  • Director Robert Rodriguez said in his DVD commentary that the day they shot Salma Hayek's love scene with Antonio Banderas, the entire crew showed up to see it. He continued, saying that apart from the actors only he and the script supervisor were in the room.
  • This film cost approximately $7 million to make, 1000 times the amount of money Rodriguez spent to make El Mariachi (1992).
  • Robert Rodriguez had originally written a rock version of the song "Malagueña Salerosa" into the screenplay. It would later be performed by his band "Chingon" during the end credits of Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004).
  • (Cameo) Diego Sandoval: The accountant at the end of the bar shootout was the second assistant director.
  • The movie was originally entitled "El Pistolero" ("The Gunman") to be consistent with the first film, El Mariachi (1992). It was changed at the request of the studio. In Mexico, it was released as "Pistolero".
  • The scenes with Steve Buscemi and Cheech Marin had to be shot quickly because they could only afford Buscemi for seven days and Cheech for six.
  • Antonio Banderas performed all of his own guitar work, including "Cancion Del Mariachi" during the opening credits.
  • (Cameo) Los Lobos: In the audience, during the bar scene in the opening credits.
  • For most of the killings they used a gun that essentially fired fake blood at the characters instead of squibs. This unfortunately created too realistic of an effect resulting in them having to edit out much of the deaths for the censors.
  • The bathroom scene before the 2nd bar shootout was directed by Antonio Banderas. Robert Rodriguez said he didn't like using 2nd unit crews and Banderas asked if he could direct the scene, to which Rodriguez agreed.
  • Due to the film's relatively low budget, the same two stunt men were used throughout the movie.
  • (Cameo) Carlos Gallardo: Campa is played by the lead actor of El Mariachi (1992).
  • Jennifer Lopez tried out for the part of Carolina.
  • Steve Buscemi's character's name is "Buscemi" because the part was written with him in mind.
  • The bar in the beginning of the film where Steve Buscemi and Cheech Marin talk is an actual bar in Acuna, Mexico called the Corona Club. The bar is a lot cleaner and bigger in reality, but it's like walking right into the movie. They also have quite a few pictures of the stars and crew of the movie on the walls.
  • Santa Cecilia (St. Cecilia) is the patron saint of music. Both Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel wrote Odes to St. Cecilia's Day (22 November 1683, and 1739, respectively). Few hard facts are known about St. Cecilia. She may have existed only in legend.
  • Raul Julia was cast as Bucho, but pulled out due to declining health. He died about two months after the release of this film.
  • The huge black handgun that is seen throughout the movie (used by the bad guys) is a Desert Eagle Mk. IXI pistol. The movie also has as prop. firearms a Ruger KP90; Colt Mk. IV Series 80; Beretta 92FS (nickel plated); Wildey Magnum; Taurus PT99, S&W Model 66, LAR Grizzly Winchester Magnum; Beretta 93R; Codpiece Revolver and a S&W Model 19. Shotguns used are: Rossi Overland (sawed-off); Sentinel Arms Stryker and a Remington 870. Automatic firearms are: Ingram MAC-10 and a Colt CAR-15 XM177. Other weapons: M26 hand grenade; M67 hand grenade and guitar cases equipped with MAC-10 and rocket launcher.
  • Though Quentin Tarantino wasn't initially cast in the movie, the character he plays was based on him. Steve Buscemi was originally cast in the role, but when Tarantino expressed an interest he was immediately given the part.
  • During the shoot out in the bar Cheech Marin's character is rarely seen. This is because they could only shoot his scenes in the six days they had him, so they made an approximation of what the shot up bar would look like and shot his scenes with it, putting his character behind it for most of the shootout.
  • A week after finishing shooting this film, Robert Rodriguez and Antonio Banderas were back in the studio, working on Rodriguez's segment of Four Rooms (1995).
  • The MPAA originally gave the movie an NC 17 rating. Many deaths and action scenes had to be heavily cut down for an R rating. These include the death scenes of Pick Up guy and his friend at the bar and the death of Danny Trejo's character. By far the most major excision came at the end of the film, which originally contained a large-scale shootout between El Mariachi, Carolina, Bucho and his thugs at Bucho's mansion. However, owing to the amount of footage the MPAA demanded be removed from the scene, Rodriguez elected to remove the sequence in its entirety, giving the film its final fade-out ending. Two additional scenes were also deleted featuring the "crotch-gun" (seen in the guitar case). Originally, the gun was used by El Mariachi during the second bar shootout when he uses it to shoot the pony tailed thug in the balls before whipping out his pistols from his sleeves and finishing him off. In a second deleted scene, the crotch gun went off accidentally while Banderas is in bed with Hayek, blowing a hole through the guitar that they were playing.
  • The same "penis gun" that Sex Machine uses in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) can be seen in this movie in the guitar case when Carolina looks inside it. The Mariachi says "it's saved my life many times". That film was also directed by Robert Rodriguez and also starred Salma Hayek.
  • Danny Trejo has no lines throughout the whole movie (though playing a fairly prominent character).
  • The movie was originally going to be a english language remake of El Mariachi (1992).
  • While filming Quentin Tarantino suggested to Rodriguez on making a third film called Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003).
  • Tito Larriva (who plays Tavo, in the bar scenes with Cheech Marin) is also the singer of the band "Tito and Tarantula", whose song "Strange Face of Love" is played throughout the bar shootout and when Tavo shoots Mariachi in the back out in the street.
  • During the production of the film, director Robert Rodriguez and actor Danny Trejo discovered they're second cousins.


  • Late in the film we discover Bucho's real name to be "Cesar". Bucho calls El Mariachi "Manito". Manito is short for "Hermanito" in Spanish, which means little brother.
  • Body Count: 67.
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