Mel Gibson (born Mel Com-Cille Gerard Gibson, 3.1.1956) Mel Gibson is an internationally renowned actor, film director and producer. Amongst his best-known films are the Mad Max series and the Lethal Weapon series.
Childhood: Mel Gibson was born in the Peekskill area of New York. He has 10 siblings, being the sixth of 11 children born to Hutton Gibson and Anne Reilly. Mel's mother was Irish, so he was born with dual Irish and American nationality.
Hutton Gibson won $145,000 in an injury lawsuit against his employers, the New York Central Railroad, in 1968 and the family moved to Sydney, Australia. Mel Gibson was 12 years old at the time.
Acting Career: Early on in his acting career, Mel Gibson was compared to the likes of Steve McQueen, Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable. One his first films was 1981's Gallipolli, which also starred Mark Lee and Bill Kerr. He was easily cast into a number of very masculine lead roles, such as the Mad Max films. The first in the series of futuristic dystopian films was released in 1979. It was followed by Mad Max 2 in 1981 and Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome in 1985. The Mad Max films also starred Tina Turner and Bruce Spence and were directed by George Miller.
Another cornerstone of Gibson's career is the Lethal Weapon franchise. Also starring Danny Glover, the debut film was released in 1987, followed by Lethal Weapon 2 in 1989, Lethal Weapon 3, with Joe Pesci and Rene Russo in 1992 and a delayed follow-up in 1998, Lethal Weapon 4, with Chris Rock and Jet Li in 1998.
In 1993, Gibson starred in The Man Without A Face, a moving drama that Gibson also directed.
The following year saw Gibson team up with Jodie Foster and James Garner for the Western Comedy, Maverick. The film was met with a lukewarm response. Gibson's career did not falter, though, as 1995 saw the release of Braveheart, one of Gibson's most popular and successful films, telling the story of William Wallace. Again, Gibson directed the film, as well as starring in it.
Gibson also acted in The Patriot, an epic war film released in 2000. The film also starred Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson and Jason Isaacs. Reviews of the film were mixed, with its critics bemoaning its inaccurate depiction of historical events during the Revolutionary War. That same year, Mel Gibson also starred in a light-hearted comedy, opposite Helen Hunt, entitled What Women Want.
One of Mel Gibson's more controversial projects came in 2004, with the release of The Passion of the Christ. The film depicts the events surrounding the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The dialogue of the film is in Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew, with subtitles, making it the highest-grossing non-English language film of all time.
In 2006, Mel Gibson returned to depicting historical events with Apocalypto, which was concerned with the decline of the Maya civilisation. The film features a cast of Native Americans, using the Yucatec Maya dialogue.
Mel Gibson has also undertaken a wealth of theatrical roles, including the lead role in Romeo and Juliet opposite Judy Davis, when he was a student. He also took on the role of Queen Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, in an avant-garde production of the Shakespearian play. Mel Gibson was also once a member of the State Theatre Company of South Australia in Adelaide, appearing in productions such as Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.
Personal Life: In June 1980, Mel Gibson married Robyn Denise Moore. They have seven children together. In June 2009, Robyn Gibson filed for divorce, after the couple had been separated for three years.
Mel Gibson then started dating a Russian musician, named Oksana Grigorieva and in may 2009, announced that they are expecting their first child. Grigorieva already has a son by the actor Timothy Dalton.
Mel Gibson has never been shy of courting controversy. In the past, he has been accused of homophobia, anti-Semitism and drink driving.
Tom Hardy has proved his acting talent time and time again, but filming 'Mad Max: Fury Road' was a special challenge for him. Not just because of the desert, but because of the large shoes of Mel Gibson that he had to fill.
Tom Hardy has made a name for himself with films like 'Inception', 'The Dark Knight Rises', 'Warrior' and 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy', but nothing quite prepared him for the full-on challenge of taking over as Mad Max.
Tom Hardy took over from Mel Gibson in the Mad Max role
"When I got over the initial jubilation and excitement of being offered the role, I suddenly realised that Mad Max is synonymous with Mel Gibson," Hardy says. "That was a little bit daunting, and possibly people were going to dislike the change. So I thought the right thing to do was go and meet Mel Gibson, because he's part of the Mad Max family. It's like I'm the new wife who has to go and meet the old wife."
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Tom Hardy's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' clocks decent first-day numbers, but the 'Pitch Perfect' girls are the ones in front.
The latest Mad Max film may well be one of the best-reviewed action thrillers of all time, with a huge Metascore of 89 - well above the average for the genre - but it seems Max isn't quite tough enough to beat the Barden Bellas to the number-one spot.
Anna Kendrick could be topping the charts this weekend
According to Deadline, first-day ticket estimates at the US box office put Fury Road at number two with $16.8m, while Pitch Perfect 2 is well ahead with $27.8m for Friday - that's almost double what its predecessor made over the full three-day period during its first weekend of nationwide release back in 2012.
Continue reading: 'Pitch Perfect 2' Outruns 'Mad Max' At US Box Office
As if filling the shoes of another actor in his most iconic character wasn't enough, Tom Hardy had to do that while also in the desert and saying fewer than twenty lines.
One of the most versatile actors in cinema at the moment, Tom Hardy has peppered his career with blockbusters like 'The Dark Knight Rises', indie dramas like 'Locke' and the gritty thrillers such as 'The Drop'. Now he blasts onto the screen as Mad Max in 'Fury Road', filling the shoes of Mel Gibson's most iconic role.
Tom Hardy in 'Mad Max: Fury Road'
"In all honesty, it would be ridiculous to pick up where Mel left off," Hardy laughs. "He is Mad Max. I have to bring something entirely different and new to the stage."
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Original Mad Max star Mel Gibson made a surprise appearance at the premiere of Fury Road alongside Tom Hardy.
Film premieres are always exciting, star-studded events, but they don't usually feature a surprise appearance by one of the world's biggest movie icons. But last night (Thursday May 7), Mel Gibson decided to make an unannounced visit to the red-carpet premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road in Hollywood, Variety reports.
Gibson treated the Fury Road cast and crew to a surprise visit
The 59-year-old actor-director rose to fame as the original Max in the 1979 film and reprised his role in two sequels, in 1981 and 1985.
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Mel Gibson, Director George Miller and Tom Hardy - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for the premiere of the new action movie 'Mad Max: Fury Road' which was held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 8th May 2015
Mel Gibson - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for the premiere of the new action movie 'Mad Max: Fury Road' which was held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 8th May 2015
An arch approach makes this bonkers thriller rather enjoyable, even if it never quite cracks the surface. The story comes from the Edgar Allan Poe story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, written in 1845, so director Brad Anderson (The Call) has fashioned the movie as bit of riotous Victorian mental institution nuttiness. Cue the mad-eyed acting, gothic production design and ludicrously batty plot. But if you take it for what it is, it's pretty entertaining.
It takes place in December 1999, as the new century is about to dawn and young doctor Edward (Jim Sturgess) arrives at Stonehearst Lunatic Asylum in a freakishly isolated corner of England. Instantly smitten with the inmate Eliza (Kate Beckinsale), Edward struggles to concentrate on the tasks given to him by his sinister boss Silas (Ben Kingsley), while being constantly watched over by the glowering groundsman Mickey Finn (David Thewlis). Silas' revolutionary system of treatment involves indulging the patients in their specific delusions, which has created a deranged sense of community in the sprawling hospital. Then one night stumbling around in the darkness, Edward discovers a group of people locked in prison cells in the basement, and their leader Benjamin (Michael Caine) claims to be the true head doctor. Yes, the inmates have taken over the asylum!
This premise allows the cast to indulge in a variety of hilariously shifty performances, hamming up every scene with constant innuendo. There isn't anyone in this place who looks remotely sane. Sturgess is fine as the dull Edward, while Beckinsale keeps her character's madness just out of sight, so both of them pale in this colourful company. Kingsley and Caine camp it up marvellously, while Thewlis adds a strong sense of menace and Sophie Kennedy Clark almost steals the film as an amusingly sex-mad virginal nurse. It's also worth watching the background players, as each has a ball his or her brand of craziness.
Continue reading: Stonehearst Asylum Review
Mel Gibson is reportedly in talks to direct 'Hacksaw Ridge'.
Mel Gibson, after eight years out of the director's chair, is in talks to direct Hacksaw Ridge.
Mel Gibson at the L.A. premiere of The Expendables 3.
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Robert Downey Jr believes the time is right for Hollywood to forgive Mel Gibson.
Mel Gibson - could he direct Iron Man 4?
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The ‘Avengers’ actor thinks his friend deserves another chance from Hollywood.
Any Iron Man fans who might have had an emotional meltdown over the prospect of Robert Downey Jr not returning for a fourth movie can now dry their eyes, as it seems a compromise may have be found. The only problem is, that compromise involves Marvel allowing troubled actor Mel Gibson to step behind the camera.
Robert Downey Jr has said there are no plans for a fourth Iron Man movie
In an interview with Deadline, Downey was asked wether he thought the actor (who directed him in 2003’s The Singing Detective) should be able to star and direct major Hollywood films again. “He’s a fundamentally different guy,” began Downey.
Double the cast - double the fun?
Sylvester Stallone and his franchise for ageing action stars is back! Yes, the gang has nearly doubled for the latest Expendables adventure, stirring in big-named oldies along with fresh blood. The plot may not make any sense, and this one's been chopped down to a PG-13, but with a cast this beefy, you don't want to miss it.
Stallone returns as star and cowriter, along with previous cohorts Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Randy Couture and Terry Crews. The notable no-show this time is Bruce Willis, who is rumoured to have asked for $1 million per day to return, apparently prompting Stallone to tweet, "Greedy and lazy ...... a sure formula for career failure."
Continue reading: The Expendables 3 Reassembles The Troops
Striking a tone somewhere between the po-faced original and the silly Part 2, this rampaging action nonsense is badly overcrowded and chaotic, but there's plenty of comedy and whizzy stuntwork to keep the audience entertained. It of course helps a lot that the film is packed to the rafters with iconic actors and lively newcomers. And their sassy dialogue helps make up for the idiotic plot.
It opens with a prison break, as Barney (Sylvester Stallone) and his team (Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture and Terry Crews) rescue their old cohort Doc (Wesley Snipes) then head off on a mysterious mission that turns out to involve their presumed-dead nemesis Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who is targeting Barney's team. So Barney and his pal Bonaparte (Kelsey Grammer) set about finding four new commandoes (Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell and Victor Ortiz) to take on Stonebanks, but of course nothing goes as plan. For the final face-off they're joined by the old team, CIA boss Drummer (Harrison Ford), former colleagues Trench and Yin (Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li), and chatty newcomer Galgo (Antonio Banderas).
The ever-increasing cast means that some characters can't help but be pushed into the shadows (Crews and Li are barely in this film), while others hover around the edges of scenes injecting moments of sarcastic wit. Each of the characters gets his or her moment of eye-popping action, as the film lurches from set-piece to set-piece in a whirl of bombs, bullets and blades. All of this is fun because the actors are gleefully refusing to take any of this seriously. The scene-stealers this time are Gibson, terrific as the swaggering villain, and Banderas, who's hilarious as the only person who can string a sentence together.
Continue reading: The Expendables 3 Review
Date of birth
3rd January, 1956