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Danny Trejo: Machete Wielder, Coffee Shop Saver and American Hero

Buffalo Bruce’s Mercantile is a beloved coffee shop in Sylmar.

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This quiet oasis has served the community since 1997.

Some vandals tagged the local business with homophobic slurs.

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Because coffee shops are where intolerance lives, right?

Enter Danny Trejo: actor, activist and renowned badass.

Happy #BestFriendsDay from myself & the @BestFriendsAnimalSociety​! With your help we can #SaveThemAll

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From dogs to minority groups, Danny Trejo loves to help.

Danny Trejo organized a day of repainting Buffalo Bruce’s Mercantile.

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Fans of the Machete star swooped in to give the coffee shop a fresh coat of paint.

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Who wouldn’t want to help Danny Trejo?

Machete is making off with our kids! #dannytrejo #machete #sylmar

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Just met Danny Trejo #dannytrejo #danny #trejo #machete #sylmar

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#MACHETE!

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Everybody had a role in helping the business heal.

A true role model. A child giving back to her community. #Sylmar #SanFernandoValley

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Families took their Sunday off to help any way they could.

Owner Vivian Hartman was moved by the outpour of support.

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What’s your favorite Danny Trejo movie? Tell us below.

The Wolfpack: Six Brothers Raised by Movies for 14 Years

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The Wolfpack: Six Brothers Raised by Movies for 14 Years

Meet the stars of the documentary The Wolfpack.

These are the Angulo brothers: Bhagavan, Govinda, Narayana, Mukunda, Krsna, and Jagadisa.

It’s a documentary about six brothers who, for 14 years, very rarely left their NYC apartment.

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No one in their 800-tenant building had any idea there was a 9-person family essentially hibernating year round. According to one brother, “Sometimes we got out a few times a year, up to nine times a year, one year not at all.”

Their strict, religious father didn’t want them to leave home because he was afraid they would be “corrupted.”

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The boys’ father, Oscar Angulo, was the only one in the house who had a key to the front door. He blocked it with a ladder, and at one point became so paranoid that he covered all the windows with blankets, blocking any light from coming in.

The boys’ mother didn’t have much freedom, either.

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Their mother, Susanne Reisenbichler, was forbidden from communicating with the outside world. Her sister once sent a private investigator to look for her. In the documentary, Susanne talks her mother for the first time in 20 years. “She had the worst of it. She had more rules than we did. Anything she did wrong and she was put on trial,” said Naranya to Nightline.

Their parents met in Peru.

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Their mother, Susanne, met their father in Peru while hiking Machu Picchu in 1989. After they married, the two first lived on a Hare Krishna reserve, then later in a van before settling down in NYC, where they raised their seven children. Neither parent worked, and the family subsisted on welfare and the money Susanne earned from the city for homeschooling.

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What did they do at home for all those years? Watch movies.

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The brothers, who were homeschooled, were allowed to watch movies – any movie and as often as they pleased. The brothers claim to have seen over 10,000 films. “They were like a door into another world,” said Narayana to the Wall Street Journal. Jagadisa (who now goes by Eddie) added: “Movies shaped us to be who were are.”

The main focus of The Wolfpack is the boys’ fascination for film.

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The boys would transcribe their favorite movies, memorize every line, movement, and expression, and then act them out accompanied by homemade props. They reenacted movies such as The Godfather, Pulp Fiction, Taxi Driver and Reservoir Dogs.

Their creativity is impressive.

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The boys used their imaginations and minimal resources to create ingenious sets and costumes. Here, Mukunda is dressed in a Batman costume made out of yoga mats and cardboard.

 And their acting chops are solid:

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The Angulo brothers reenacted scenes from some of their favorite Robert DeNiro films for the Tribeca Film Festival.

Although they had fun with movies, the brothers still had plenty of strict rules to follow.

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The boys were made to grow their hair out long because their father believed long hair was a “symbol of power.” They were only allowed to use one of the two bathrooms in their apartment and were banned from using two rooms that shared walls with their neighbors. Their father didn’t want anyone in the building to be suspicious of his unusual child-rearing practices.

The boys also have an older sister.

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Her name is Vishnu. According to the NY Post, she has Turner’s Syndrome, a rare developmental disorder. Vishnu is seldom mentioned in the documentary.

 In 2010, one of the Angulo brothers finally left the house.

Mukunda broke the mold when he decided to leave the house for the first time. He donned a homemade mask à la Michael Myers in Halloween. Freaked out shopkeepers called the police and Mukunda was detained. Adhering to his father’s demands to never speak to strangers, Mukunda was thought to be mentally ill and taken to Bellevue Hospital. He was released a week later. Mukunda’s defiance inspired the other brothers to start venturing out on their own.

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In January, The Wolfpack took home the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

About five years ago, filmmaker Crystal Moselle befriended the brothers. After hearing their story, Moselle began working The Wolfpack. For years, Moselle was the only non-Angulo allowed in the house. She taught the brothers about filmmaking and basic social skills. As a way to get know people, she suggested they ask the question: “What kind of movies do you like?”

And despite the years hardship, the Angulo brothers have made their mother proud.

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Mama Wolf #thewolfpackfilm ✨

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Here’s the official trailer for The Wolfpack.

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Add this doc to your movie cue stat. It’s available on iTunes and On Demand.

What would you do if you couldn’t leave your home for more than a decade? mitú wants to know.

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