A political rally being staged near the Texas Capitol had nothing to do with real Republicans or Democrats.
A stretch of Congress Avenue was closed to traffic Thursday as part of filming for the Robert Rodriguez action movie "Machete," featuring Robert De Niro.
One scene included a red, white and blue decorated stage with a banner saying "Vote for Senator McLaughlin." De Niro, in a suit, red tie and cowboy hat, appeared to be giving a campaign speech.
Rodriguez previously said the movie will also feature Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan and Cheech Marin. It is based on the "fake" trailer in the 2007 movie "Grindhouse."
Several of Rodriguez's productions including the "Spy Kids" movies were filmed in Texas. His Troublemaker Studios is located in Austin.