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Mel Gibson back in action this May with Get The Gringo...on demand?

Jan. 31, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Mel Gibson, the illustrious, the infamous, the outcast. To say that Mel has had a rough past couple years would be putting it lightly. Despite it all, he's still found time to sneak into a few movies and now he's rolling the dice on a new venue for his action/comedy GET THE GRINGO.

Directed by Adrian Grunberg from a script he wrote with Gibson, Get The Gringo is an R-rated romp with "action, dark humor and plenty of violence."

Here's the synopsis from Deadline:

Gibson plays Driver, who, during a high-speed car chase with the U.S. Border Patrol and a bleeding body in his back seat, crashes into the border wall as he tries to escape. He survives, only to be placed inside a hard-core Mexican prison where he enters the strange and dangerous world of “El Pueblito.” There, he finds unlikely survival guidance from a 10-year-old kid who shows him the ropes.

Gibson will distribute through FOX via DirecTV, which will debut GET THE GRINGO on May 1st for the price of $10.99 per home viewing. Some may view this as a step back for Gibson, but since he began funding his own films he's seen some massive success, especially with PASSION OF THE CHRIST, which cost $30 million to make and brought in $612 million worldwide.

Here's the trailer for GET THE GRINGO:

I'm a Gibson fan. Always have been. He's said and done some dumb shit, but haven't we all? He just happened to have his laundry aired for all to see (and hear). Personally, I don't care about his personal life. I just want to see his work.

Currently, he's prepping a Viking epic written by BRAVEHEART's Randall Wallace and is also planning to direct a film about Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee, who teamed with his father and four brothers to lead the Jewish revolt against the Greek-Syrian armies that had conquered Judea in the second century B.C.

GET THE GRINGO hits DirecTV on May 1st, 2012.

Extra Tidbit: I'm always happy to see Gibson acting, but he is a hell of a director. Would you rather see more movies directed by him or starring him? I'd go with directing myself.
Source: Deadline

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10:48AM on 02/02/2012
And best title ever.
And best title ever.
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10:47AM on 02/02/2012

payback 2

Was also my first thought, the film has the same tone and mel plays the same character, which is not a bad thing at all. loved payback, this looks fun too.
Was also my first thought, the film has the same tone and mel plays the same character, which is not a bad thing at all. loved payback, this looks fun too.
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6:45AM on 02/01/2012
Looks like an unofficial sequel to Payback.
Looks like an unofficial sequel to Payback.
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4:30AM on 02/01/2012
I watched the trailer with a grin from ear to ear. I'm a massive fan of Gibson and this flick looks awesome. Vintage Gibson!!!

Ok he messed up before (a lot) but I really enjoy his movies. Looking forward to the Viking movie & Maccabee.

Chuffed!
I watched the trailer with a grin from ear to ear. I'm a massive fan of Gibson and this flick looks awesome. Vintage Gibson!!!

Ok he messed up before (a lot) but I really enjoy his movies. Looking forward to the Viking movie & Maccabee.

Chuffed!
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2:33AM on 02/01/2012

Mel doin' it gangsta wit da' gat!

Looks like fun, I'm definitely looking out for this.
He may not look like the handsome stud he was in the 80s and 90s but I still want to see more of him on camera in such roles because its a chance to let loose and have fun.
It doesn't always have to be hardcore serious stuff to win the hearts of the snobby critics, forget them.
Looks like fun, I'm definitely looking out for this.
He may not look like the handsome stud he was in the 80s and 90s but I still want to see more of him on camera in such roles because its a chance to let loose and have fun.
It doesn't always have to be hardcore serious stuff to win the hearts of the snobby critics, forget them.
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1:31AM on 02/01/2012

not that bad

I always like him too even though I am jewish and he said some real fucked up shit. but w/e past is past.
I always like him too even though I am jewish and he said some real fucked up shit. but w/e past is past.
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1:16AM on 02/01/2012
On Demand? Well I motherfucking DEMAND Mel be back in theaters making blockbusters.
On Demand? Well I motherfucking DEMAND Mel be back in theaters making blockbusters.
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10:24PM on 01/31/2012
definitly would wanna see him direct again!! He's a great director, and the last two movies he did were amazing. you can tell that he would be so committed to his project, being involved in every single thing from A to Z!
definitly would wanna see him direct again!! He's a great director, and the last two movies he did were amazing. you can tell that he would be so committed to his project, being involved in every single thing from A to Z!
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10:16PM on 01/31/2012
Well, it seems only suitable that after pretty much hitting rock-bottom with his reputation, that Gibson would make an exploitation flick. Oddly enough, the first bit of narration made me think of "The Descendants." He and Clooney both have that easy charm in their voices.

And he's doing a Viking movie? Not THAT I gotta see.
Well, it seems only suitable that after pretty much hitting rock-bottom with his reputation, that Gibson would make an exploitation flick. Oddly enough, the first bit of narration made me think of "The Descendants." He and Clooney both have that easy charm in their voices.

And he's doing a Viking movie? Not THAT I gotta see.
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10:11PM on 01/31/2012
I find it ironic that the man who got in trouble for saying Jews were responsible for all the wars in history will be directing the story of Judah Maccabee.
I find it ironic that the man who got in trouble for saying Jews were responsible for all the wars in history will be directing the story of Judah Maccabee.
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10:14PM on 01/31/2012
So did everyone else. Then the late Christopher Hitchens sent a guy to try and get him to stop.
So did everyone else. Then the late Christopher Hitchens sent a guy to try and get him to stop.
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8:00PM on 01/31/2012
I'm a fan of Mel's work. Though I prefer him now behind the camera.

This looks like fun, though. Kinda get an 80's Mel vibe from this. That Mel sense of humor mixed with ridiculous violence.
I'm a fan of Mel's work. Though I prefer him now behind the camera.

This looks like fun, though. Kinda get an 80's Mel vibe from this. That Mel sense of humor mixed with ridiculous violence.
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7:58PM on 01/31/2012
Looks pretty damn cool too me, fun and brutal and authentic. Even his Jesus film was really well made, apart from the exaggeratedly extended sick sadomasochistic brutality. I dig Braveheart a lot and would love to see his take on the Vikings, a bit of brutality wouldn't be out of place there.
Looks pretty damn cool too me, fun and brutal and authentic. Even his Jesus film was really well made, apart from the exaggeratedly extended sick sadomasochistic brutality. I dig Braveheart a lot and would love to see his take on the Vikings, a bit of brutality wouldn't be out of place there.
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12:14AM on 02/01/2012
Well it was a film about the crucifixion of Christ. Mel didn't want to sugar coat it. Hence the brutality.
Well it was a film about the crucifixion of Christ. Mel didn't want to sugar coat it. Hence the brutality.
6:42AM on 02/01/2012
You joking? It was so overkill it was ridiculous.
You joking? It was so overkill it was ridiculous.
3:50PM on 02/01/2012
Way to be ignorant. By that logic, the first twenty minutes of Private Ryan were overkill.
Way to be ignorant. By that logic, the first twenty minutes of Private Ryan were overkill.
5:29PM on 01/31/2012
Eeeeep. I really love Mel Gibson but jeez, that looks awful. Whats with the ugly digital cinematography? Even despite his troubles, Mel is above this. Bring on the Viking film.
Eeeeep. I really love Mel Gibson but jeez, that looks awful. Whats with the ugly digital cinematography? Even despite his troubles, Mel is above this. Bring on the Viking film.
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5:13PM on 01/31/2012
That looks terrible
That looks terrible
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4:59PM on 01/31/2012

Wow

It's pretty crazy to think that the man who was once one of the biggest international superstars and could open any film is now releasing projects straight to on-demand TV services. It's like the ultimate example of a celebrity downfall. If you had told me ten years ago - or even a little over five years ago - that a Mel Gibson action film would be debuted via an on demand service I'd have laughed.

i'm glad to see him back, though. i've written up my thoughts about mel and his personal
It's pretty crazy to think that the man who was once one of the biggest international superstars and could open any film is now releasing projects straight to on-demand TV services. It's like the ultimate example of a celebrity downfall. If you had told me ten years ago - or even a little over five years ago - that a Mel Gibson action film would be debuted via an on demand service I'd have laughed.

i'm glad to see him back, though. i've written up my thoughts about mel and his personal ordeals on this site many times before, so i won't again. this movie looks fun!
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4:57PM on 01/31/2012
Yeah, I've done some dumb shit, but not punching my pregnant girlfriend dumb, I love how the article lumps us in with Gibson's, at times, racist and sexist antics, thanks, but speak for yourself please... That being said, the movie doesn't look bad and might be worth checking out, I'll wait for some reviews.
Yeah, I've done some dumb shit, but not punching my pregnant girlfriend dumb, I love how the article lumps us in with Gibson's, at times, racist and sexist antics, thanks, but speak for yourself please... That being said, the movie doesn't look bad and might be worth checking out, I'll wait for some reviews.
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12:38AM on 02/01/2012
Dude get off your fucking high horse, you've never said something you didn't really feel or mean in the heat of anger? You're full of shit dude.
Dude get off your fucking high horse, you've never said something you didn't really feel or mean in the heat of anger? You're full of shit dude.
11:39AM on 02/01/2012
Hahaha, you're kidding right? Of course I've said something mean in the heat of an argument, idiot, but never to the extent of saying my girlfriend is "going to be raped by a pack of ni**ers...', so chill the fuck out and smoke your happy ass a bowl, mmmmk? Oh, did you support Michael Vick too?
Hahaha, you're kidding right? Of course I've said something mean in the heat of an argument, idiot, but never to the extent of saying my girlfriend is "going to be raped by a pack of ni**ers...', so chill the fuck out and smoke your happy ass a bowl, mmmmk? Oh, did you support Michael Vick too?
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4:51PM on 01/31/2012
MEL is fantastic on screen, and when directing!! I really wish Society didn't come down that hard on him, he didn't deserve these last few years. We've probably missed out on a lot of could have been great films.
MEL is fantastic on screen, and when directing!! I really wish Society didn't come down that hard on him, he didn't deserve these last few years. We've probably missed out on a lot of could have been great films.
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4:15PM on 01/31/2012

MEL FOREVER!

I want to see him do both! Mainly act, but I'd love for him to direct his own starring vehicles.

P.S. Soloist, the first Driver is actually Ryan O'Neil as "The Driver" in Walter Hill's.... THE DRIVER. Also, this film was shot before DRIVE.
I want to see him do both! Mainly act, but I'd love for him to direct his own starring vehicles.

P.S. Soloist, the first Driver is actually Ryan O'Neil as "The Driver" in Walter Hill's.... THE DRIVER. Also, this film was shot before DRIVE.
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4:08PM on 01/31/2012
There is only one driver and that driver is in the film Drive.
There is only one driver and that driver is in the film Drive.
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3:52PM on 01/31/2012

Hopefully it is R-rated

It is great to see Mel making a much deserved come back.
It is great to see Mel making a much deserved come back.
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