At least that’s what this latest movie, (Bad Ass), starring Mexican hard man Danny Trejo should’ve been called, as it’s directly in reference to the Internet sensation who was labelled Epic Beard Man by the online community back in 2010.
Just like the plot of Bad Ass Tom Bruso rose to fame after he was caught on camera engaged in an altercation with an abusive, threatening passenger on a bus in Oakland, California. For obvious reasons he became popular, with many newspapers and radio stations eager to interview him about his new found YouTube fame. Of course there’s a tragic side to this story as Bruso is now a 64 year-old Vietnam war veteran who is homeless and suffers from mental health problems.
But that of course hasn’t stopped Hollywood exploiting the man’s story to make their own movie which they say is simply ‘inspired‘ by the whole Epic Beard Man story, even though they have Trejo dressed in exactly the same clothes from the infamous bus altercation video. We can only hope that at least a small fraction of the profits from this film go to Bruso. That being said it’ll probably make couch change at the box office because it looks bloody awful.
UPDATE: According to the film’s Wikipedia page it states: ‘The producers made a deal with Thomas Bruso to acquire rights before going into production.’ Of course details of that deal are not listed.
Games developer Treyarch have released the first official trailer and gameplay videos for Escalation, the second map pack in yet a further continuation of downloadable content for their blockbusting title Call Of Duty: Black Ops.
As well as the standard four new maps it’s the additional zombie content which looks a little special, this time around. Presented in a Grindhouse style, the trailer above showcases gameplay and elements of the Call Of The Dead as four protagonists, Danny Trejo (Machete), Sarah Michelle Gellar, (Buffy), Robert Englund, (Freddy Kruger), and Michael Rooker, (Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer), go head to head with the zombie horde aboard an ice bound ship in a frozen wasteland.
Now word yet on whether you’ll be able to play as each of these characters in a Left 4 Dead style co-op match, but once again Activision are tempting even more money from our wallets with this line-up.
N.B: Why didn’t they give Bruce Campbell a gig in this game?
Here’s the official trailer for what could be a solid contender for sleeper hit of the year. Indie movie blacktino, (save your grammar rage it’s meant to be lower case), is directed by Texan film maker Aaron Burns, who previously worked as a 2D artist on the Tarantino/Rodriguez collaboration Grindhouse, with a cast including Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez and Jeff Fahey. The film’s official synopsis rattles along as follows:
“A dark teen comedy about an overweight half-black, half-hispanic nerd named Stefan Daily. He was raised by his black grandmother in a medium sized suburb of Austin, TX. Struggling to find his place in a mostly white high school, Stefan finds sanctuary among the eclectic mix of social outcasts in the school’s Theatre Department.”
Like a cross between Napoleon Dynamite and Rushmore.
blacktino SXSW Trailer from Aaron Burns on Vimeo.