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Robert Rodriguez is an American filmmaker best known for his successful collaborations with Quentin Tarantino, including From Dusk Till Dawn (1996).
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The Directors' Guild of America did not approve of the sharing of the director credit, and Rodriguez quit the guild in protest.
Audiences flocked to see the hyperviolent Sin City, which featured the voices and likenesses of such actors as Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, and Benicio Del Toro. Many critics praised its dark, film noir style. According to some reports,
two more installments of Sin City are expected to be released in the coming years.
That same year Rodriguez also returned to kid-friendly fare with The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl 3-D. It was based on story developed by his son Racer, who received a credit for writing the screenplay. Despite the interesting 3-D effects, this movie didn't really register with theater-goers or with critics.
Despite the occasional box office disappointment, Rodriguez has become one of the most respected Latino filmmakers working today. Another interesting project for Rodriguez has been Grind House, a double feature with Quentin Tarantino in 2007, done in the style of the B movies of the 1970s. Rodriguez's film, Planet Terror, was released the same year. Tarantino's part of the double feature is called Death Proof and features Kurt Russell as crazed stuntman using his vehicle as a weapon.
In 2010, Rodriguez directed the film Machete, featuring his cousin Danny Trejo as the main protagonist. The film was inspired by a fake trailer for Grindhouse which featured Trejo. The process of working backwards from a trailer to a film proved to be a success for Rodriguez, with the film making more than $26 million. Shortly after its release, Rodriguez began working on the script for the 2013 sequel, Machete Kills.
In 2006, Rodriguez and his wife Elizabeth announced that they were separating after 16 years of marriage. The couple has five children—Rocket, Racer, Rebel, Rogue and Rhiannon—and will continue to work together professionally. He began dating actress Rose McGowan the following year after meeting her on the set of Grindhouse. They announced their engagement in October 2007 and broke off their relationship and plans for marriage two years later.
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