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Mel Gibson lets loose on Get the Gringo, Mad Max, Lethal Weapon, Maccabees, Machete Kills, remakes, and the forgiveness of Hollywood

Aug. 14, 2012by:

Mel Gibson in Braveheart makeup

There's no need to delve in detail back into the course of Mel Gibson's life and career over recent years - there's been plenty of time spent and digital ink spilt on the subject, not the least of which by me.  So that all is well storied.  But Coming Soon recently managed to score a one-on-one interview with the man, and it's quite a fascinating one simply due to how honest he is.  Or, at least, how honest he is about his view about what has come to pass and where he sees this all going in the near future. 

I've included select bits of the interview below - you can click right here to read the rest, as there are plenty of pieces I didn't include such as his theatrical aspirations, how he got into directing, how he handled his early success, and what it was like working with Robert Rodriguez.

CS: Did "Edge of Darkness" give you a taste to go back in front of the camera and did you want to develop [GET THE GRINGO] initially as an actor, or just as a producer, and the acting was secondary?
Gibson:
I was looking at it more from a story point of view. I mean basically at the end of the line, no matter how many producers, directors, actors jump in, you're only doing one thing, telling a story, so what I like doing the best is going through the mind's eye and reading it out with Stacy and Adrian whom I'd worked with before on "Apocalypto" when they were my 1st and 2nd ADs. And these guys know Mexico. And we just got into the research, from an idea that I had, and the more stuff we read on the Internet the more rich it got, because the world is so absurd. Incarceration south of the border is a different experience than here. There were no exaggerations in that film.

Gibson in Get the Gringo first still

CS: How much did George Miller try and persuade you to do a "Mad Max 4"?
Gibson:
We talked about this very project like 10 years ago. I actually wanted to do it, but then what happened was, the budget was nuts. It was crazy. I certainly hope they've become more realistic about it.

CS:
Is it true that Tom Hardy asked for your approval?
Gibson:
No, they cast him, but I sat down with the guy and I quite like him. I think he's a good choice for that.

CS:
Will you see the film?
Gibson:
Oh yeah, I'll have a look. It'll be fun. I think he's a good actor. He commits completely and he looks great. There's this scary thing about him which is kind of right for that. Tom needed to sit down and talk more than I did. I'm really happy about that. But I hope they do a great job. I'm a big fan of George's.

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CS: Is there a character at all that you played that you'd like to revisit?
Gibson:
Nah. I've done it. There are new challenges.

CS:
And there's no way you'll be enticed into doing a "Lethal 5."
Gibson:
No I think the way things are going with "Total Recall," they'll just remake those somehow. Though it's really tough to replace Danny. He was so amazing in those things. It was a good gig for us. It worked. But we knew it would.

*~*

CS: Now looking at what's going on with upcoming projects. What's the status on the Viking movie, which is still called "Berserker" I presume?
Gibson:
It's still called "Berserker" and I believe it's going forward. I've talked to actors and stuff, and there are some good names attached who want to do it.

CS: You've got a script?
Gibson:
I've got a great script. And the idea's been batting around my head for years. And I couldn't find a way to make it work, because if you look at what Vikings did, they're pretty unsympathetic. And there's no point in doing Viking light. So I had to find a way to find devices and ways to make that work dramatically, intelligently and make it seem realistic so it's about real conflict in a real era in the 9th century, so that you actually see behavior and a new mode of thought seeping in. By the 11th century there weren't any of these guys left anymore.

Gibson and Glover in Lethal Weapon

CS: Now there's the much-discussed Maccabees project. What’s going on and what's the story with the Eszterhas script?
Gibson:
Okay, so a guy gets paid to write a screenplay and doesn't turn anything in for 14 months. That's a serious problem. Not even an outline so I lost my nutter with him. I developed a Viking script almost a year after he started and I already had a second draft and he hadn't even given me an outline. And he was at my home on a working holiday and he didn't even bring one word. And he never intended to write a script. His whole intention was to set me up somehow.

CS:
So do you still want to make that movie?
Gibson:
I DO want to make it and I will make it. And that'll be a great film. And over the course of 14 months did you not think I told him what the story was? Give him my images? Give him my ideas and dialogue? You should see the books written on the subject. So I'm steeped in that stuff from the Seleucid Empire, and the relationship with Israel at the time, amazing history. So my best ideas I put in front of him, hoping that he took some of those, but he squandered them and alluded to them in his so called screenplay which I swear he must have written in three days. It's really bad with heinous, bad, shonky, D grade dialogue. And after 18 months of waiting, from when we started talking, that's what came in. And of course the studio also recognized it as not very good.

*~*

CS: Tell me about the character you play (in MACHETE KILLS)
Gibson:
He's an odd kind of guy, the Rodriguez version of a Bond villain. He's a bad guy who said: "What if he's right?"

CS:
So a bad guy with a moral compass.
Gibson:
In a weird way.

CS: Do you get to ham it up?
Gibson:
Of course it's extremely heightened because you're working on "Machete," come on! And I get to have a sword fight with Machete. He has his machete and I have a samurai sword, but it's kind of fun and it's full of surprises, because it brings the kind of Grindhouse action thing to it, almost celebrating being gratuitous in its drive and making no apology for it and making it fun, like some twisted fairy tale.

*~*

CS: Robert Downey went out of his way to publicly support you as you did him when he was going through personal crises. Is Hollywood ultimately a forgiving town?
Gibson:
No it's not. They have to forget. I don't even think they're vindictive. I don't think they think there's reason to forgive. And forgive what to begin with? What are they asking for? It's almost like can you please forgive me for what? What did I do, really? It is kind of ridiculous. So it's kind of hard to pinpoint exactly what needs to be forgiven and I don't consider that anything does because I didn't hurt anyone. But you know, hey that's life. It ain't easy and it's not fair. You've just got to slip the old water off the back and move on.

And to cap it off, I'll leave you with this:

CS: That famous Freedom scene is one of the most imitated and parodied scene of recent memory.
Gibson:
It's still happening and pretty funny.

Gibson and Glover in Lethal Weapon 4

Extra Tidbit: I'm reminded of something Clive Barker once said: What I left behind me was the best I could make it. What lies ahead is the chance to do better. Thats all there is.
Source: Coming Soon

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1:53AM on 08/15/2012

Theres not a thing wrong with you Mel!

Glad he said he has nothing to be forgiven for, good for him!
Id rather him stick with his convictions, and catch his films on dvd (gringo), and keep supporting him anyway i can!

The man is brilliant in film making, and a talented actor. All the hollywood hypocrites are doing is keeping him from creating great films that make theirs look sub-par.
Glad he said he has nothing to be forgiven for, good for him!
Id rather him stick with his convictions, and catch his films on dvd (gringo), and keep supporting him anyway i can!

The man is brilliant in film making, and a talented actor. All the hollywood hypocrites are doing is keeping him from creating great films that make theirs look sub-par.
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10:30PM on 08/14/2012

Mel's awesome

i dont care abt what happened.i will always look forward to his films.this guy is amazingly talented.he is one of the best actors,probably,he is the most handsome guy after Marlon brando,brad pitt and he is one of the most talented directors.i hope he will bounce back big
i dont care abt what happened.i will always look forward to his films.this guy is amazingly talented.he is one of the best actors,probably,he is the most handsome guy after Marlon brando,brad pitt and he is one of the most talented directors.i hope he will bounce back big
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9:42PM on 08/14/2012
Great interview. That Joe [link] seemed like an absolute douchebag. I feel sorry for Mel. I feel that he still has the capacity to offer more greatness, yet mainstream Hollywood will never give him the chance he deserves.
Great interview. That Joe [link] seemed like an absolute douchebag. I feel sorry for Mel. I feel that he still has the capacity to offer more greatness, yet mainstream Hollywood will never give him the chance he deserves.
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8:10PM on 08/14/2012

MEL ROCKS!

I've 'forgiven' him and really never had that big of a problem with him. The only reason I liked him in the first place, the only reason I knew him in the first place was because of him as an actor -- and that's why I still love the guy, because he STILL has it. The masses and the popular media in particular need to get over their selves, because they are shunning one of the best talents around. Edge of Darkness, The Beaver and Get the Gringo were all damn great flicks, and definitely
I've 'forgiven' him and really never had that big of a problem with him. The only reason I liked him in the first place, the only reason I knew him in the first place was because of him as an actor -- and that's why I still love the guy, because he STILL has it. The masses and the popular media in particular need to get over their selves, because they are shunning one of the best talents around. Edge of Darkness, The Beaver and Get the Gringo were all damn great flicks, and definitely underseen.

Can't wait to see what's next Mel, I'll be there!
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5:52PM on 08/14/2012
Great interview. I believe him on the Joe Eszterhas escapade. Though honestly... what did you expect when you're hiring the writer of Showgirls?
Great interview. I believe him on the Joe Eszterhas escapade. Though honestly... what did you expect when you're hiring the writer of Showgirls?
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5:09PM on 08/14/2012
People really need to put things into context. A gold digging woman gives birth to your child,takes your money, leaves you, subsequently breaking your heart in pieces while you are already in the midst of a midlife crisis and a disaster of a personal life. You get drunk and express your enragement. Even if you're sober, I sympathize with sprouting out that anger. I can't condone it of course, but I can certainly put it into perspective and forgive. I'm not a jew but I am black and I forgive
People really need to put things into context. A gold digging woman gives birth to your child,takes your money, leaves you, subsequently breaking your heart in pieces while you are already in the midst of a midlife crisis and a disaster of a personal life. You get drunk and express your enragement. Even if you're sober, I sympathize with sprouting out that anger. I can't condone it of course, but I can certainly put it into perspective and forgive. I'm not a jew but I am black and I forgive Mel. I wholeheartedly believe that he is one of the most gifted actors on the planet. And a great director as well.
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5:00PM on 08/14/2012
People need to realize that actors are human beings & make mistakes in life also. The personal life of Mel Gibson should not take away the movies & characters he has created over the years, from Mad Max to Riggs to the great movies he has directed. I look forward to seeing him as a villain in Machete Kills & hope he turns up in Expendables 3, or even Lethal 5. I will ALWAYS be a fan of Mel Gibson period.
People need to realize that actors are human beings & make mistakes in life also. The personal life of Mel Gibson should not take away the movies & characters he has created over the years, from Mad Max to Riggs to the great movies he has directed. I look forward to seeing him as a villain in Machete Kills & hope he turns up in Expendables 3, or even Lethal 5. I will ALWAYS be a fan of Mel Gibson period.
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12:15PM on 08/14/2012
I don't give a damn about anything he has been going through, Mel Gibson is always a solid choice as an actor and director. I'll watch anything he does. Hollywood is forgiving as soon as they need something from you which is why they were so eager to forgive a child rapist like Roman Polankski so quickly.
I don't give a damn about anything he has been going through, Mel Gibson is always a solid choice as an actor and director. I'll watch anything he does. Hollywood is forgiving as soon as they need something from you which is why they were so eager to forgive a child rapist like Roman Polankski so quickly.
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11:41AM on 08/14/2012
I was with him, until they actually addressed Hollywood forgiving him. I don't think he should be blacklisted, but is he not even acknowledging that what he said was wrong? This is not even counting some of the bat s**t crazy stuff he said to his ex-wife.
I was with him, until they actually addressed Hollywood forgiving him. I don't think he should be blacklisted, but is he not even acknowledging that what he said was wrong? This is not even counting some of the bat s**t crazy stuff he said to his ex-wife.
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8:12PM on 08/14/2012
he already acknowledged it was wrong, but that wasn't good enough for some people and for the media. It's like they want him to get on his knees and kiss their boots until his lips get dry. He's apologized, but like the rest of the world should have done -- he moved on, he moved past it.
he already acknowledged it was wrong, but that wasn't good enough for some people and for the media. It's like they want him to get on his knees and kiss their boots until his lips get dry. He's apologized, but like the rest of the world should have done -- he moved on, he moved past it.
1:44AM on 08/15/2012
Not even that, there have been far worse things done out there by actors. All Mel did was get into a raging fit with his x? who basically baited him hard on tape, and played the st.? no thanks.

As far as im concerned, in the "universe" that is Hollywood, i don't judge anyone unless they've been convicted of a crime (hence 100% true). Other then that, i wasn't there, and i don't believe half the crap that goes on.

Im not perfect, and i cant expect them to be.
Not even that, there have been far worse things done out there by actors. All Mel did was get into a raging fit with his x? who basically baited him hard on tape, and played the st.? no thanks.

As far as im concerned, in the "universe" that is Hollywood, i don't judge anyone unless they've been convicted of a crime (hence 100% true). Other then that, i wasn't there, and i don't believe half the crap that goes on.

Im not perfect, and i cant expect them to be.
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11:13AM on 08/14/2012
Awesome interview and an awesome person. Get the Gringo was very fun and I can't wait for more stuff from my favorite actor!
Awesome interview and an awesome person. Get the Gringo was very fun and I can't wait for more stuff from my favorite actor!
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10:37AM on 08/14/2012
Roman Polanski rapes a girl and we're okay with giving him an Oscar, but Mel Gibson makes some hateful comments while drunk (of all states to be in), and we're completely blacklisting such a talented man. I liked this interview a lot.
Roman Polanski rapes a girl and we're okay with giving him an Oscar, but Mel Gibson makes some hateful comments while drunk (of all states to be in), and we're completely blacklisting such a talented man. I liked this interview a lot.
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10:18AM on 08/14/2012
I think Mel is a compelling actor and story-teller. Hollywood history is littered with guys of questionable character, people who have made serious mistakes etc. Mel obviously has some mental illness and substance problems. Many others in the business are lauded for their excess and naughtiness, exploited in a way. The anti-Semitism is the thing that has really broken down Mel's career. People he would potentially work with or for or invest in his products are not interested in partnering
I think Mel is a compelling actor and story-teller. Hollywood history is littered with guys of questionable character, people who have made serious mistakes etc. Mel obviously has some mental illness and substance problems. Many others in the business are lauded for their excess and naughtiness, exploited in a way. The anti-Semitism is the thing that has really broken down Mel's career. People he would potentially work with or for or invest in his products are not interested in partnering with him because of it. I think Mel is a true artist, he is gifted and I think he is intelligent. When he makes a lot of money in gringo he may win back some love. Hollywood loves money.
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10:06AM on 08/14/2012

Remaking Lethal Weapon

On the poster for Lethal 2 the tagline read, the Magic is Back; for Lethal 3 it was, the Magic is Back Again.
Richard Donner, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in umpteen interviews over the years have often spoken of the air of magic on the set while they were filming the original. The chemistry between the actors was instant (theyre still the best of friends to this day) and they knew they were involved in something unique and special.
The film redefined the buddy relationship, classic
On the poster for Lethal 2 the tagline read, the Magic is Back; for Lethal 3 it was, the Magic is Back Again.
Richard Donner, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in umpteen interviews over the years have often spoken of the air of magic on the set while they were filming the original. The chemistry between the actors was instant (theyre still the best of friends to this day) and they knew they were involved in something unique and special.
The film redefined the buddy relationship, classic dialogue (all dressed up and no one to blow), action sequences galore and it all gelled perfectly.

Can a remake recreate this? No it can not.
Lethal Weapon, like the Terminator, First Blood, Total Recall, Robocop etc. etc. belong to a pantheon of classic films that deserve to be preserved and remembered, not CGI butchered and glossed over.
Remakes of these classics, and Ive said it previously in another post, are an insult to the filmmakers that gave us the originals.


Final Word:
A hard R film called Lethal Weapon opening with Jingle Bell Rock? Genius.
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9:09AM on 08/14/2012

Dude may be crazy...

but I love him making movies. Love Mel's movies. Just like Cruise, the guy has passion and who can blame him for that?!?!
but I love him making movies. Love Mel's movies. Just like Cruise, the guy has passion and who can blame him for that?!?!
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8:57AM on 08/14/2012
Berserker...a viking film by the man behind Braveheart and Apocalypto, that needs to happen. Hopefully with a lot of Mortensens and Skargards and other nordic baddasses.
Berserker...a viking film by the man behind Braveheart and Apocalypto, that needs to happen. Hopefully with a lot of Mortensens and Skargards and other nordic baddasses.
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12:03PM on 08/15/2012
Thumb up. Mads Michelsen and even Dolph Lundgren (he doesn't need to speak). :)
Thumb up. Mads Michelsen and even Dolph Lundgren (he doesn't need to speak). :)
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