Still, Rodriguez admits there is something to be said for having a bigger budget.
"When we were making El Mariachi, we didn't have any money," he says. "So, in order to have something to drink between takes, we wound up buying this Gatorade powder. And since we didn't have very much, we had to mix it with a lot of water. A lot of water."
He smiles at the memory. Then he grabs a plastic bottle filled with the sports drink--full-strength, premixed stuff, purchased in a Del Rio convenience store--and takes a healthy swig.
"Now," he says, "we can get real Gatorade. That's how far we've come.