Don Johnson: tragically unhip or ironically fabulous?


Last night was the big LA premiere of Machete, the Robert Rodriguez-directed action film starring Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Don Johnson and others. Notably absent? Lindsay Lohan, who has a supporting part as a gun-wielding nun or something. She’s also absent from the trailer… so it’s not like her presence was really desired, in my opinion. Anyway, everybody else from the film showed up, including this lovely, tragic-yet-cool Don Johnson. Has Don aged like a fine wine or what? I’m angling towards “or what” personally. I think it’s weird that he would take the time to highlight his hair but then he wouldn’t shave his grey beard. He would have looked really nice if he shaved! But with this getup, he just seems like he’s trying too hard, right?

While on the red carpet, Don was asked about Lohan. Don said: “God bless her. I care about her as a person.” Which is a great reply, in my opinion. That’s what you say when you’re a real pro. You don’t get all Oprah and say “That girl needs our help, we have to carry her with our angel wings!” And you don’t get all judgy and say, “My costar is a crackhead, I have no idea where she is, my guess is Tijuana, with her boyfriend, the donkey.” Instead, you basically leave it up to God: “That crackhead is in God’s hands, bless her heart.

Unfortunately, Danny Trejo went a more (White) Oprah route when he was asked about Lindsay. He said: “She’s in control, she is professional, and she can really bring it. She is going to be all right.” Here are some photos from the red carpet, of Danny, Jessica Alba (I hate her dress), Michelle Rodriguez (who looks smoking hot, and I would totally hit that), Quentin Tarantino and director Robert Rodriguez (who I find sexy too).

Photo by: RE/Westcom/ 2010  8/25/10 Jessica Alba, Machete, Film Premiere, The Orpheum Theatre, (Los Angeles, CA.) Photo via Newscom

Photo by: RE/Westcom/ 2010  8/25/10 Danny Trejo, Machete, Film Premiere, The Orpheum Theatre, (Los Angeles, CA.) Photo via Newscom

Cast member Michelle Rodriguez attends the premiere of the motion picture crime thriller Machete , at the Orpheum Theatre in the downtown section of Los Angeles on August 25, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

25 August 2010 - Los Angeles, California - Quentin Tarantino. Machete Los Angeles Premiere held at the Orpheum Theatre. Photo Credit: Byron Purvis/AdMedia

25 August 2010 - Los Angeles, California - Robert Rodriguez, Director. Machete Los Angeles Premiere held at the Orpheum Theatre. Photo Credit: Byron Purvis/AdMedia

header: Don Johnson at the Machete premiere on August 25, 2010. Credit: WENN.

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  1. TQB says:

    I don’t hate Alba’s dress, but I agree that Michelle won the red carpet at this one. Cutie! I like the pics where people just smile, like their happy, like normal folks do when someone takes their picture.

  2. Jean says:

    That Balmain dress Jessica Alba is sporting is beyond awful. Seems to go with the theme of the evening though.
    Hope it’s not indicative of the movie.

  3. jen says:

    I used to be a big Rodriguez fan.

    But ever since he left his wife of 16 years for Rose McGowan he’s on my “major douche” list! So I won’t bother seeing this movie.

  4. Tess says:

    I remember the first time I saw Don Johnson on a made for TV movie, the name of which I’ve forgotten.

    He was a luminous presence on screen. One of those people you can’t take your eyes off. Fell in love with him immediately, and have always had a soft spot for him.

  5. meme says:

    Tragically unhip. I cannot watch a movie starring Danny Trejo and featuring MiserAlba, the tragically unhip Don Johnson and Hohan as a fake nun. Nope.

  6. RHONYC says:

    yo, Danny Trejo is the man!!!

    he is the quintessential bad-ass fixture in hollywood…my boyfriend & i love him.

    he has a great story, too. 🙂

  7. Cruisin Through says:

    Don Johnson still has it! He was such a good looking man when he was in his prime and is still very attractive for his age.

  8. PrettyTarheel says:

    I love Danny Trejo, perhaps because he looks like hell and doesn’t try to fix it-he’s made a living NOT being a leading-man beauty, and at least you wouldn’t have to worry about how much he spent on Botox and skin cream…And I agree, Robert Rodriguez is sexy in a skeevy, I’m willing to bang Marilyn Manson’s cast-offs kind of way. (Seriously, how effed up do you think it is in Rose McGowan’s head?)
    I don’t hate Alba’s dress, although it’s giving me a Charlie Brown flashback, but I hate those shoes. When you can make JA’s legs look stumpified, what the hell do they do to normal people?

  9. Tia C says:

    I respect the hell out of Don Johnson for aging naturally. He hasn’t had any (visible) work done. And Kaiser, he’s been dressing like that with the vests for YEARS. He’s not trying too hard, that’s just him. Can you tell I adore him? 🙂

    I’ve had a chick crush on Michelle Rodriguez ever since I first saw her. Wish she would do more films that I wanted to see!!

    Jessica Alba either has horrible taste in clothes – or maybe it’s her stylist’s fault – I don’t know, but I never like anything she wears. Pretty girl, unflattering wardrobe.

  10. Debbi says:

    I actually love the dress, and love both Michelle and Don for being themselves and saying “f u!” to red carpet style.

  11. Jen says:

    I still think Don Johnson is hot!

  12. Maritza says:

    I agree with Jen, the man is still hot!

  13. Emmy says:

    Don Johnson looks awesome! He wins best dressed out of that whole mess.

  14. Feebee says:

    Not necessarily hip but I don’t think he’s trying to be ironic. It’s just a shirt and vest and as someone pointed out, it’s a look he’s had for a while.

    He’s still looking good. He is… Don Johnson.

  15. LindaR says:

    Loved Don Johnson during the Miami Vice years. I still get hot remembering a scene where he is kissing a woman and biting her lips…. sorry, needed a moment to myself. Anyway, am I the only person who wonders how Quentin Tarantino gets a woman to go to bed with him without putting a bag over his head? He is a seriously ugly guy and not in that sort of ugly, hot way like some guys (like Alan Rickman, he’s not classically handsome and yet there’s something about him). Tarantino is a cartoon, distorted face, creepy ugly. Maybe he grows on you as you get to know him?!?

  16. SammyHammy says:

    LOVE Danny Trejo–can’t wait to see this one!

  17. sapphire says:

    Never got the whole Don Johnson vibe, so I am not on board with this one.

  18. guesty says:

    don johnson still bringing the hotness…

  19. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    Danny Trejo rocks!

  20. Catherine says:

    Nash Bridges is looking a bit tired but he’s still got that presence.

  21. Bunny says:

    I think Don Johnson looks good. I saw him in a interview and he seems to have a good sense of humor and is self-depricating….which I like in famous men.

  22. MMF says:

    I was three rows back at a David Letterman show when Don Johnson was a guest.
    He is way hot. Nice guy too.
    Letterman not so nice.

  23. chris says:

    Don Johnson never did it for me so I’m going to have to say neither, just old.

  24. Jeri says:

    Don has aged better than Mel, but that is not saying much.

  25. Alarmjaguar says:

    Team Don!

  26. SammyHammy says:

    It’s hard to see anything attrative about someone that was once (twice, actually) married to Melanie Griffith, though. She is so utterly stupid she can barely string together enough words to form a complete sentence. It’s hard to respect someone that finds such a complete moron interesting. Same thing with Antonio Banderas. I used to think he was HOT until he hooked up with her. Now I have to wonder about his intelligence. Yucky.

  27. susanne says:

    Don’s finger point tells me he’s taking himself completely seriously, a la Burt Reynolds. Not hot.

  28. aenflex says:

    Jessica looks amazing per usual, Don, well, he never did much for me but seems to have aged well.

    @meme – your sh*t is VERY funny today!!

  29. irl says:

    yip, Don stil has it goin’ on. good to see him in a movie again too.

  30. Rosanna says:

    Hot hot hot (Don Johnson, skip the rest except Michelle Rodriguez)

  31. Elle says:

    FYI, my husband’s hair (what’s left,lol) is mostly black, but his beard comes in all white.

  32. Marnie says:

    Glad he’s making a comeback! I will always love James Sonny Crockett!

  33. Julia says:

    I adore Don Johnson as an actor and to me he is still smokin’ hot. He has an ego the size of Texas, and whatever happened to his wife and kids? But what celebrity is humble and faithful anyway. Glad to see he’s dropped some of the paunchy swollen effects of drinking – seems clean and sober now.

    Love that he still has his own style!