• Since being under lockdown, the character actor has built his own island on "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" on the Nintendo Switch
  • Trejo was a guest on "Animal Talking with Gary Whitta," a virtual talk show from one of the writers of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
  • Despite his image as a gruff character, Trejo's character in the game surprisingly enjoys fishing and trading butterflies

Not even one of the toughest actors onscreen can escape the appeal of “Animal Crossing: New Horizons.” The game has not only taken the world by storm, but it has also provided entertainment and relief for many who have been forced to remain home in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Count cinematic villain Danny Trejo among those fans.

The star of “Machete” and “Machete Kills,” who made a name for himself portraying gruff characters in films like “Desperado,” “Con Air,” and “XXX,” was interviewed as part of the “Animal Talking with Gary Whitta” series on YouTube, according to Gamespot.

In the video, Whitta’s avatar goes on a virtual tour of Trejo’s island while the latter constantly releases butterflies and catches fish. Trejo resides in a modest one-room house while on the first iteration of Nooks’ Cranny but has earned the building permit to put up fences and roads.

Outside his home, Trejo has even built a recreation of California’s famous Muscle Beach, complete with workout equipment and a boom box. He even proudly shows off his “Trejo’s Taco Stand” on the island while boasting of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free options on his menu.

“One thing I did was I shook the wrong tree and ended up getting bit by wasps,” Trejo said while laughing. Asked by Whitta how he feels about the Nooklings on the island, “Oh I love ‘em, they keep giving me money,” he said on Gamespot.

Whitta, a writer on “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” has already featured other celebrity guests since launching the virtual talk show in April on Twitch. These include Elijah Wood, Felicia Day, and film director Colin Trevorrow. The show is filmed entirely in “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” on Whitta’s island of Kawaii and pays tribute to his favorite talk shows including “The Tonight Show” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”

The fifth main title in the series, “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” was released on Nintendo Switch in all regions in March 2020 and sold 5 million digital copies in its first month. Due to its release during the global pandemic, part of the success of the game has been attributed to players seeking escape in its confines while they themselves have been unable to leave their homes.