Oz in the News 7.9.20

‘Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo’: The Beatles and ‘The Wizard of Oz’ kept the actor sane in prison Legendary actor Danny Trejo, also known by his popular nickname Machete, has lived a very interesting life. He’s been a criminal and a celebrity and everything in between and that story comes out in the new documentary ‘Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo’. In the documentary film, Trejo speaks about his time in prison in great detail. One story that he tells us is about the time he was placed in solitary confinement and started re-enacting the 1939 movie ‘The Wizard of Oz’. “You just keep from going crazy by making yourself crazy,” Trejo explains. “I was in the hole and I was running around the cell and I would act out ‘The Wizard of Oz’. ‘Give me those shoes Dorothy’, the whole crazy movie, just to keep my brain going.” Trejo’s daughter, Danielle Trejo, also chimes in adding, “You have to cope in whatever way you can. For him, it was ‘The Wizard of Oz’.”

Eve Lindley on How ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Explains the Wild ‘Dispatches from Elsewhere’ Finale The Wizard of Oz is a huge inspiration, I think, for the overall story. When I learned that, I actually wore braids to my very first callback with Jason, because when I read the script, I was like, “Oh, four people going on a journey. It’s The Wizard of Oz. Got it.” I grew up loving The Wizard of Oz. I have images of it in my apartment that I’m looking at right now. And I think, for me, the ending is just like, we’re going to Kansas. We’re shifting into the real world. We’re dropping the Technicolor over-the-top nature of [the show]. It’s sort of classic TV to be a little over the top, like women wearing far-too-elegant outfits to go out for dinner — in real life, everyone’s in flats, everyone’s sort of a little more practical. So things like that, little things where we became a practical and real world and the acting changes and there’s hopefully something a little more subtle about the way that we’re interacting with each other. I really feel like I played two characters in that Wizard of Oz way, where you’re the Tin Man and the farmhand.

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