Once Upon a Time


Sheldon Jeffrey Sands





Robert Rodriguez returns with the mythic guitar-slinging hero, El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), in the third installment of the El Mariachi/Desperado trilogy. The saga continues as El Mariachi makes his way across a rugged landscape on the trail of Barrillo (Willem Dafoe), a kingpin who is planning a coup against the president of Mexico. Enlisted by Sands (Johnny Depp), a corrupt CIA agent, El Mariachi demands retribution, and the adventure begins. The character, made famous by Banderas, remains a slinger of guitars and guns, a tragic and bloodied hero, but a survivor forever.

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek, Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Danny Trejo, Enrique Iglesias, Marco Leonardi, Cheech Marin, Ruben Blades, Willem Dafoe

Awards & Nominations:

Best Actor in a Film: Antonio Banderas (Won)
Best Supporting Actor in a Film: Ruben Blades (Won)

Best Original Song: Robert Rodriguez (Won)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical: Johnny Depp (Nominated)

Choice Breakout Movie Star - Female: Eva Mendes (Nominated)

Taurus Award - Best High Work: Cheryl Bermeo, Gail Monian and Norm Mora (Nominated)
Taurus Award - Best Overall Stunt by a Stunt Woman: Cheryl Bermeo and Gail Monian (Nominated)


(Compiled by Nan)

Quotes from Johnny Depp:

"Over the years, especially coming out of Hollywood, I've met and worked with people who were at their very base, at the very core of their existence, they're foul, they're monstrous. But somehow, there's a charm to them."
--Johnny Depp (on his characterization of Agent Sands)
USA Today
Sept. 9, 2003

"When I said I was in, I told [Rodriguez] the kind of direction I would like to go with the character. I said, 'Tell me if this feels alright. I don't want to go somewhere you don't want to go.' I brought up the idea of the eternal tourist. The unhappy tourist. The bitter tourist. Of someone who has a penchant for bad T-shirts and fanny packs."
--Johnny Depp
Interview by Stephen Applebaum

"I saw [Sands] as a guy who's such a badass, he would wear obviously fake disguises just to try to make someone comment on his disguise, so he could kill them."
--Johnny Depp
Interview by Stephen Applebaum

"There was a part [of Sands] that reminded me of someone I had known in Hollywood. He was very, very soft-spoken, and on the outside very, very charming, but at his very core, at the base of his very existence, he was a monster. So that's the kind of direction I went with the guy. I thought every word would be measured, and he would never say a curse word because that would send him to Hell, but he can kill somebody, no problem."
--Johnny Depp
Interview by Stephen Applebaum

"Florida has no shortage of idiotic T-shirts. I was so desperately looking for one of those baseball caps that say "S---head" and has a picture of a coil of dookie on the bill."
--Johnny Depp
Entertainment Weekly
September 19, 2003

"Agent Sands [is] not a nice guy - not a nice guy at all. I think he's a guy that's very, very bitter, having been sent very far away from his fellow agents in the CIA. A guy who's sociopathic, you know, psychopathic, [and] very, very damaged, and a guy who wants nothing more than to wreck havoc and hurt people."
--Johnny Depp
The Entertainers with Byron Allen

"I got the great 'I'm With Stupid' T-shirt from my sister: That is one of my favorites."
--Johnny Depp
Life Story Magazine

Quotes from others:

"Everything I thought of [Johnny] was true! Beautiful: check. Intelligent: check. Mysterious: check. What I didn't know is that he is so funny...I was like, 'Oh my God! You're funny, too!"
--Eva Mendes
Star Magazine
September 7, 2003

"I know I'd get along with Johnny really well, because he's as paranoid a dad as me. He brought bottled water because he didn't want his daughter to get sick. Guys cursed with imaginations can imagine the worst things happening to their children."
--Robert Rodriguez
USA Today
Sept. 9, 2003

"Johnny's a sweet man. I didn't have that many scenes with him in the film. It was just one scene with him in a bar and the rest of the time we were communicating over the phone and stuff like that, so we didn't have to work together so much. But that day was excellent, and we had a lot of fun. I like Johnny. Of his generation, he's totally different from the rest of the actors. He's made some beautiful choices on the screen that are different and special... I like him very much."
--Antonio Banderas
Latino Review

"[Johnny] was great. He just comes in and is just very free. I mean I gave him that kind of freedom as a director because I wanted to be in the audience watching him just come to life. And that was what was really great."
--Robert Rodriguez
Life Story Magazine