The Story Behind Hobo With A Shotgun

Most movie trailers are created to advertise an amazing new film that’s about to hit cinemas. Not so Hobo With A Shotgun. One of the now infamous five ‘fake trailers’ crafted in honour of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 Grindhouse double bill, Hobo was a total fake-out.

“We were hanging out at a pizza joint where me and John [Davies, writer] would pitch movie ideas back and forth,” recalls director Jason Eisener. “We were there with my friend Joe who was wearing a scruffy shirt and he had just bought this Airsoft Shotgun that shoots plastic pellets.

“We were pitching ideas and he spoke up and said, ‘Why don’t you make a movie about me?’ John just looked him up and down and said, ‘What, a hobo with a shotgun?’ It was like a light bulb went off.”

The year was 2007. In a case of perfect timing, cult director Rodriguez had just launched a contest (co-sponsored by the SXSW Film Festival) that called upon film fans to make a Grindhouse-style movie trailer in the vein of his Planet Terror shlock-and-shock revival.

Eisener didn’t skip a heartbeat. He had an idea. He had a director (uh, himself). And he had a competition to win. The very same day that the contest was announced, he started shooting Hobo…

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How did you get involved with Machete?
Machete! He kills the bad guys and gets the women! Robert Rodriguez had the idea when we were doing Desperado about 10 years ago. He told me, ‘I want to do this character, he’s great, you’re perfect for him, he’s called Machete, he’s an ex-federal agent that fights with machetes.’ We talked about it for 10 years. Then the trailer got such a good response, and literally he said, ‘We have to do this.’

What was the best part of the shoot?
Kissing Jessica Alba. I kissed her eight times. She’s got absolutely stunning good looks, beautiful. For her I’d work over-time.

Are you upset Lindsay Lohan is being sent to jail?
Yeah. She was awesome, she was a professional little girl and she’s doing the same thing as every other young girl except she has a camera following her 24 hours a day. And that’s not an excuse, but it’s tough living under a microscope. Some of us start feeling that we’re above the law, and that’s not true.

What do you love about working with Robert Rodriguez so much?
Even though he works, he makes it a vacation. He’s just fun. He truly believes that he’s really blessed, so how the hell can he call this work?

Via Total Film