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.
Rosalind Ross and Mel Gibson at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017
Mel Gibson and Rosalind Ross at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 26th February 2017
The winners of the awards no one wants to take home have been announced.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice tied with political documentary, Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party with four ‘wins’ at the annual Golden Raspberry Awards on Friday night.
The Razzies celebrate the worst in cinema every year and take place two nights before the Academy Awards, The unlucky ‘winners’ (who rarely appear to collect their trophies) receive a statue of a "golf ball-sized” raspberry which has been spray-painted gold.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice won four Razzie awards at this year’s ceremony on Friday
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The director is thought to be in talks for the movie.
'Suicide Squad 2' is well on its way to fruition and it has just been revealed that a number of directors have been approached to helm the movie - including Mel Gibson. Both DC and Gibson fans have reacted with surprise, because his involvement way well turn the film franchise on its head.
Mel Gibson rumoured to be in talks for 'Suicide Squad 2'
Whether that will be in a good way or a bad way remains to be seen, though many are indeed expressing doubt that this Hollywood star could go from the likes of critically acclaimed classics like 'Braveheart', 'The Passion of the Christ' and, more recently, 'Hacksaw Ridge' to a series with more comedy value than gravity.
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Gibson and Vaughn, who worked together on 'Hacksaw Ridge', will team up once again for S Craig Zahler's 'Dragged Across Concrete'.
While they’re currently enjoying their mutual success in the Oscar-nominated war movie Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn will be teaming up once again for an upcoming crime thriller concerning police brutality, titled Dragged Across Concrete.
Bone Tomahawk’s S Craig Zahler will direct the project, with Keith Kjarval of United Pictures and Assemble Media’s Jack Heller on joint production. The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the details of the film, says it will be introduced to buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin.
Mel Gibson is to star in 'Dragged Across Concrete' with Vince Vaughn
The actor has welcomed his ninth child at the age of 61.
Mel Gibson and girlfriend Rosalind Ross have welcomed their first child together, a baby boy named Lars Gerard Gibson.
Lars was born Friday, Jan. 20, in Los Angeles and weighed in at 5 lbs. 5 oz, he is the ninth child for 61 year old Gibson, but the first for Ross, 26.
Mel Gibson and Rosalind Ross have welcomed son Lars Gerard Gibson
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He's finally confirmed his latest Biblical project.
Earlier this year is was rumoured that Mel Gibson was working on a sequel to his controversial 2004 film 'The Passion Of The Christ', and now the actor has confirmed the news in an interview with Stephen Colbert revealing that the new film will focus on the Resurrection of Jesus.
Mel Gibson opens up about 'The Passion of the Christ' sequel
The actor, who directed the original movie, will bring 'The Resurrection' to life in the next few years, though he's yet to decide what direction he's going to take it in. He spoke about the potential scope of the movie during his appearance on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'.
Mel Gibson's latest movie is stomach-churningly bloody.
The critics' consensus for Mel Gibson's first directorial project in ten years, 'Hacksaw Ridge', is largely positive; viewers love the storyline, the actors and Desmond Doss. However, brace yourself if you've got a weak stomach because it's without doubt the bloodiest movie of the year.
Andrew Garfield stars as Desmon Doss 'Hacksaw Ridge'
'Hacksaw Ridge' follows Desmond Doss (played by Andrew Garfield), an American World War II army medic, as he goes into battle armed with nothing but his medical supplies. He went on to win the Medal of Honor as the first conscientious objector of the war, and as a man who cared about his religion more than his life.
Continue reading: Whether You Love It Or Hate It, 'Hacksaw Ridge' Is One Big Gorefest
The father and son look so alike, it's ridiculous.
Mel Gibson's son Milo Gibson makes his acting debut in the visceral World War II biopic 'Hacksaw Ridge' and shocked people earlier this week when he showed up at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater for the US premiere looking a total dead-ringer for his famous dad.
Milo Gibson looks so much like his father
The 26-year-old looked the spitting image of his father as they appeared together on the red carpet at the 'Hacksaw Ridge' premiere in Beverly Hills, California on Monday (October 24th 2016), although he looked distinctly less lined and his beard wasn't quite as impressive.
Here's what he thinks about the veteran filmmaker.
Mel Gibson returns to directing with 'Hacksaw Ridge'; the true story of World War 2 hero and army medic Desmond T. Doss who refused to take a weapon into battle. He is played by Andrew Garfield, who is certainly no stranger to on screen heroism.
Andrew Garfield stars in 'Hacksaw Ridge'
When 'Hacksaw Ridge' received its standing ovation at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, it's difficult to know whether the applause was down to the movie or down to that fact that Mel Gibson has finally taken a seat in the director's chair again after 10 years. But it seems that his absence might have little to do with the scandalous outburst of 2006 and more to do with the fact that he doesn't actually like filmmaking that much.
In 1919 Desmond Doss was born, he lived a quiet life and always wanted to become a doctor and also had ambitions to marry his sweetheart, Dorothy. As the World War II continued to spread terror around the world, Doss knew he must play his part and serve his country with his fellow man. For religious and ethical reasons, Doss had always been a pacifist and never believed in hurting another man and joined the forces as a medic in the hopes of saving the lives of injured soldiers.
When he arrived for training, resources were so tight that all medics were made to train in armed combat, there was no other option but to pick up a weapon and begin training like everyone else on the base. Unable to falter from his convictions, Doss's superiors were soon involved in the situation and Doss fought for his beliefs and was officially named a conscientious objector; that also made him a target for the other recruits who came to nickname him a coward.
As their initial battle day approached, the men didn't look toward Doss as one of their own, more as just another potential body going into a losing battle. The whole regiment found themselves being bombarded by powerful blasts from bombs and guns and somehow Doss survived, but not only did he survive, he went on to pull a number of men away from the front line and save them from certain death.
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It's been four years since Mel Gibson played a lead role in a movie, and with all of the tabloid headlines in the meantime it's been easy to forget how magnetic he is on screen. He's looking rather grizzled in this action thriller from French filmmaker Jean-Francois Richet (Mesrine), but his piercing presence turns what's essentially a cheesy exploitation film into something remarkably gripping.
He plays an ex-con tattoo artist named Link, who lives out in California's Mojave Desert, next door to his 12-step sponsor Kirby (William H. Macy). His home may be a trashy trailer, but he has cleaned up his life. Although his quiet reverie is disturbed by thoughts of his 17-year-old daughter Lydia (Erin Moriarty), who has been missing for four years. So he's stunned when she calls him out of the blue for help. Kicking into action, he rescues her and immediately discounts her stories that the ruthless henchmen of her late gangster boyfriend Jonah (Diego Luna) are after her. It doesn't take long for Link to realise that Lydia isn't exaggerating, and as they go on the run, he turns to old prison friends (including Michael Parks, Dale Dickey and Miguel Sandoval) for help. Even though he doesn't really trust anyone.
Director Richet doesn't seem very interested in the father-daughter drama at the centre of this film, even though it's far more involving than the madcap action carnage. Gibson and Moriarty do what they can to create some chemistry amid the mayhem, but they only have a few scenes in which they can push their characters a bit further. And frankly after the set-up, the audience needs that to put the violence in context. This is mainly due to the fact that the brutal pursuit is fairly predictable, and the side characters, as well played as they are, are little more than stereotypes.
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Date of birth
3rd January, 1956
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