Although he's not exactly a household name, Danny Trejo is certainly someone you'll recognize. The actor has starred in movies such as Machete, Heat, Con Air, Desperado, and, of course, Spy Kids. With his scarred complexion, prison-esque tatts, and signature mustache, he's become known as one of the most recognizable men in Hollywood. And the thing that he's particularly known for? Playing the villain.
But real-life Trejo has proved that he's anything but a villain this week. During a car collision in Los Angeles, Danny Trejo became a real-life hero - and he proved once and for all that we should never judge one another on our appearances.
You may not know Danny Trejo by name, but you'll almost certainly recognize his face.The Mexican-American actor was born in Los Angeles in 1944 and has had an illustrious Hollywood career, while still somehow retaining a fairly private personal life.
Struggling to place him?Some of Trejo's most famous movie roles are in Heat, Con Air, Desperado, Spy Kids, and Machete. He's also appeared in a range of popular TV shows, including Breaking Bad, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and even The X-Files.
It's safe to say that Trejo has a pretty distinctive appearance.Not to be overly critical of his distinctive look, but an adjective that comes to mind when looking Trejo might be something along the lines of "terrifying."
Which is something that Trejo has been all-too-happy to play into.In fact, it's well-known that, when it comes to appearing on our screens, more often than not, Trejo will take on a certain type of role.
And that role? The villain.Think about it. When was the last time you saw Trejo on-screen playing the nice guy, or the hero? It just doesn't really happen!
But there's a certain irony there.
via: Getty ImagesBecause, in spite of his somewhat threatening appearance, Trejo is actually known for being one of the nicest men in Hollywood.
And this fact has been cemented this week.Our story takes place in Trejo's native Lose Angeles - where he still lives to this day.
Trejo witnessed a traffic collision.Two cars crashed on an LA street - and, it's worth noting, Trejo was not involved in this traffic incident in any way. He just happened to be nearby.
The crash involved two vehicles.
via: ShutterstockOne of which was a Toyota SUV. And it seems that the crash was pretty intense, despite only involving two cars.
Because it resulted in one of the cars flipping completely over.
via: ShutterstockYes, we know, it sounds like a stunt for an upcoming Trejo movie - but this car accident was all too real.
But what makes this all the scarier?The overturned vehicle (the Toyota SUV) still had passengers inside - one of whom was a baby.
Here's a picture of the scene.
via: CNNPretty scary stuff, hey? We bet the passengers were pretty glad that Danny Trejo happened to be nearby. Talk about right place, right time!
Because of course, Trejo couldn't do nothing.He first attempted to access the car through the broken window. He was able to reach the child, but couldn't free them.
But, thankfully, Trejo wasn't alone in his rescue mission.With the help of another bystander named Monica Jackson, Trejo managed to get the baby free from the car.
Luckily, the child was unharmed.In spite of the severity of the crash, the baby wasn't injured. "The only thing that saved the little kid was his car seat," Trejo claimed.
There were three other passengers involved in the crash.
via: ShutterstockThe three were all taken to a nearby hospital. Their injuries are being treated, but are reportedly not life-threatening.
Afterwards, Trejo spoke to press.And what he said was truly heartwarming. "Everything good that has happened to me has happened as a direct result of helping someone else," the actor offered.
Here's the full interview.In it, Trejo also offers some valuable advice for drivers who want to stay safe on the road. "Pay attention!" he warns.
Understandably, people have gone wild for this touching story.
@ABC7 "Everything good that has happened to me has been a direct result of helping someone else!". This is what America should be about!!!— Shakti7457 (@Shakti7457)1565231458.0
And it seems to have cemented Trejo's reputation.
@ABC7 Of course he did. He’s everywhere, at all times, and can do anything. He’s like a Mexican American Chuck No… https://t.co/iDHqZUB9Wj— Matthew SNOWFLAKE❄️AF🤘😝🤘 (@Matthew SNOWFLAKE❄️AF🤘😝🤘)1565231545.0