“Machete” is in the center of New York.
Actor Danny Trejo was spotted at Blink Fitness Onondaga on Tuesday, working out as a new movie films locally. Trejo, wearing a Los Angeles Rams hat days after his favorite football team won the Super Bowl, posed for a photo with Syracuse gym director Brandon Anderson.
Anderson, who posted a photo of the celebrity encounter on Instagram, said Trejo told her he was in town shooting a movie.
Liverpool-based American High is currently filming ‘The Binge 2: It’s a Wonderful Binge’, a holiday-themed sequel to 2020’s ‘The Binge’.
Vince Vaughn (“Wedding Crashers”), Skyler Gisondo (“The Amazing Spider-Man”), Dexter Darden (“Saved By the Bell”) and Eduardo Franco (“Booksmart”) starred in the first film. A casting hasn’t been officially announced for “The Binge 2,” but Darden and Franco were spotted filming Christmas party scenes in downtown Syracuse last week.
A casting call last month hinted at Trejo’s involvement in the sequel, seeking a “Danny Trejo lookalike” for an unspecified American High project. It is unclear if the role was for a Trejo stunt double or a backup.
Trejo, 77, has appeared in over 400 movies and TV shows, including “Machete”, “Machete Kills”, “From Dusk Till Dawn”, “Heat”, “The Flash”, “Death Race 2″, ” Muppets Most Wanted”, “Sons of Anarchy”, “Breaking Bad”, “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”, “Desperado”, “Modern Family”, “Con Air”, “Spy Kids” and the new series “Star Wars” “The Boba Fett Book.” He also owns several restaurants in Los Angeles, including Trejo’s Tacos and Trejo’s Donuts, and recently published an autobiography, “Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood.”
“The Binge,” shot in 2019, was the biggest film ever made in Syracuse with more than 2,000 extras and 50-60 local crew members. Scenes were filmed at Syracuse Studios (formerly AV Zogg Middle School in Liverpool), Onondaga Lake Parkway, Hanover Square, Carnegie Library, Clinton Square, Village Burger in Liverpool, a bridge in Van Buren and the Greater Syracuse Soundstage (formerly known as the name of the DeWitt nano film hub).
Jordan VanDina, who wrote the first “Binge” movie, will make his directorial debut with “The Binge 2.”
“For the foreseeable future, all alcohol and drug use will be prohibited, except for one glorious day known as The Binge,” reads the new film’s synopsis. “This year, that day miraculously comes at Christmas. Watch a holiday adventure like you’ve never seen before that includes magical storybooks, catchy songs, beautiful stop motion animation, and a Christmas saga that won’t be soon forgotten…and… Drugs ! Many of them! Happy Bingemas!
American High founder Jeremy Garelick, who directed the first “The Binge” film, will executive produce the sequel with Will Phelps, Ryan Bennett and Molle DeBartolo. Andrew Reyes will serve as executive producer on the project.
“The Binge 2: It’s a Wonderful Binge” is the first franchise from American High, which recently wrapped its 12th film in the Syracuse area in four years. Other American High titles include ‘Sex Appeal’, ‘Plan B’, ‘Big Time Adolescence’, ‘Looks That Kill’, ‘The Ultimate Playlist of Noise’, ‘Holly Slept Over’ and ‘Banana Spit’, as well that the next release “I Love My Dad”, “Sid is Dead”, “Love in Color” and “Empire Waist”.
A release date hasn’t been announced for “The Binge 2,” but given the holiday theme, it will likely release around Christmas on Hulu.
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