Mel Gibson - Mel Gibson Treats Girls To Vip Day Out As Part Of Charity Work

Mel Gibson showed off his kind side earlier this month (Nov12) by organising a shopping trip for two girls who have undergone facial reconstruction surgery.

The star is a patron of children's charity Mending Kids International, a foundation aimed at providing healthcare for ill youngsters in developing nations.

The organisation funded facial surgery for two young girls from Honduras, named Karol and Sara, and Gibson gave them the Vip treatment by taking the pair for a day out at L.A. shopping centre The Grove.

The actor treated the girls to ice cream, before buying them a custom-made doll each.

He tells Tmz.com, "It was really fun spending time with Karol and Sara... They have been through so much and are just so inspirational to everyone who meets them.

"At home, these girls couldn't leave their homes for fear of being tormented. Now, they are walking through one of the most popular tourist areas of Los Angeles."

The Lethal Weapon star will host a special poker event in Hollywood on Saturday (01Dec12) alongside Jodie Foster and Robert Downey, Jr. to raise awareness of the charity.


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A Week In Movies: Gibson's Major Award, Special Screenings In New York, Set Photos From London And Three Big Trailers 4280893 News

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This is a week when most attention was on the sporting world, with the Wimbledon finals, the Formula One British Grand Prix and the Tour de France starting in Britain, and of course the World Cup in Brazil. So most people didn't notice that the Karlovy Vary Film Festival kicked off in the Czech Republic by awarding Mel Gibson with the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema. The festival wraps up on Saturday. Here's Mel Gibson at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Mad Max screening .

Meanwhile in New York, the stars turned out on Tuesday for the premiere of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Cast members Andy Serkis and Keri Russell were joined by visiting filmmakers Darren Aronofsky and Paul Haggis and actors Alex Karpovsky and Bridget Moynahan. The film opens this week in the US and next week in the UK. Here's a Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes clip to get you in the mood.

Also in New York, Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan attended a special screening and Q&A for their new romantic-comedy What If, in which Radcliffe plays a med-school drop-out who tries to remain just friends with a girl who already has a boyfriend. The film arrives in cinemas next month. Watch video footage of Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan arrive at 'what if' screening in New York.

Tom Hardy Filming

In London, Tom Hardy, Christopher Eccleston and David Thewlis were photographed on the set of their new film Legend, a dramatic thriller about the Kray brothers, who ran the London mob in the 1950s and 60s. And just down the road in Essex, Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong were spotted in the streets filming their spy action-comedy Grimsby. Check out Christopher Eccleston, Tom Hardy and David Thewlis filming on the set of 'Legend'Harvey Keitel filming in North London. As well as photos of Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong film a scene for the movie Grimsby in Essex United Kingdom.

The big new trailer this week is for Ridley Scott's biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale as Moses, who takes on Joel Edgerton's Egyptian Pharaoh to secure the freedom of the Israelites. The film costars Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley. It looks suitably enormous and opens in December. Watch 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Trailer.

We also had an extended trailer for David Fincher's new film Gone Girl, based on the best seller about a woman (Rosamund Pike) who goes missing on her fifth anniversary, leaving her husband (Ben Affleck) as the prime suspect. It looks insinuating and involving, and the filmmakers promise an ending that's different from the book's. It opens in October. Watch 'Gone Girl' Trailer.

Foxcatcher

And there was also a new trailer for Foxcatcher, the buzziest film from this year's Cannes Film Festival and an early front-runner for Oscar attention. It stars an unrecognisable Steve Carell in a serious role opposite Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller and Vanessa Redgrave. A darkly tragic true story set in the world of wrestling, this unmissable film opens in November in the US and in January in the UK. Watch 'Foxcatcher' Trailer.

Mel Gibson

This is a week when most attention was on the sporting world, with the Wimbledon finals, the Formula One British Grand Prix and the Tour de France starting in Britain, and of course the World Cup in Brazil. So most people didn't notice that the Karlovy Vary Film Festival kicked off in the Czech Republic by awarding Mel Gibson with the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema. The festival wraps up on Saturday. Here's Mel Gibson at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Mad Max screening .

Meanwhile in New York, the stars turned out on Tuesday for the premiere of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Cast members Andy Serkis and Keri Russell were joined by visiting filmmakers Darren Aronofsky and Paul Haggis and actors Alex Karpovsky and Bridget Moynahan. The film opens this week in the US and next week in the UK. Here's a Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes clip to get you in the mood.

Also in New York, Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan attended a special screening and Q&A for their new romantic-comedy What If, in which Radcliffe plays a med-school drop-out who tries to remain just friends with a girl who already has a boyfriend. The film arrives in cinemas next month. Watch video footage of Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan arrive at 'what if' screening in New York.

Tom Hardy Filming

In London, Tom Hardy, Christopher Eccleston and David Thewlis were photographed on the set of their new film Legend, a dramatic thriller about the Kray brothers, who ran the London mob in the 1950s and 60s. And just down the road in Essex, Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong were spotted in the streets filming their spy action-comedy Grimsby. Check out Christopher Eccleston, Tom Hardy and David Thewlis filming on the set of 'Legend'Harvey Keitel filming in North London. As well as photos of Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong film a scene for the movie Grimsby in Essex United Kingdom.

The big new trailer this week is for Ridley Scott's biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale as Moses, who takes on Joel Edgerton's Egyptian Pharaoh to secure the freedom of the Israelites. The film costars Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley. It looks suitably enormous and opens in December. Watch 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Trailer.

We also had an extended trailer for David Fincher's new film Gone Girl, based on the best seller about a woman (Rosamund Pike) who goes missing on her fifth anniversary, leaving her husband (Ben Affleck) as the prime suspect. It looks insinuating and involving, and the filmmakers promise an ending that's different from the book's. It opens in October. Watch 'Gone Girl' Trailer.

Foxcatcher

And there was also a new trailer for Foxcatcher, the buzziest film from this year's Cannes Film Festival and an early front-runner for Oscar attention. It stars an unrecognisable Steve Carell in a serious role opposite Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller and Vanessa Redgrave. A darkly tragic true story set in the world of wrestling, this unmissable film opens in November in the US and in January in the UK. Watch 'Foxcatcher' Trailer.

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Mel Gibson Speaks On Gary Oldman's Controversial Playboy Interview 4274900 News

Gary Oldman rushing to the defence of Mel Gibson in the now infamous Playboy interview wasn’t exactly a smart decision.

But finally the ‘Braveheart’ actor has returned the favour by calling him a “good buy.”

Gibson further defends Oldman by just explaining that his words were simply taken out of context.

'These things happen,” the 58 year-old said in an interview with Variety. “As we all know… I have nothing much to say. The guy was probably just… He’s a good guy.”

Adding, “He’s fantastic. I know him. He’s a good dude…I didn’t even look too hard.”

The British star drew lots of criticism when seemingly making some anti-semitic remarks during in an interview with Playboy.

Oldman was attempting to defend the publically scrutinized actors Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson against the "hypocrites," who criticised them after making controversial comments about Jews and gays.

During the controversial interview, the ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ actor spoke of the incident when Gibson shouted anti-Semitic remarks to a police officer who apprehended him during a DUI arrest in 2006.

"I don't know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things," Oldman said. "We're all f-----g hypocrites. That's what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n----r or that fucking J--? I'm being brutally honest here. It's the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy."

More: Jewish Leaders Upset By Mel Gibson's Lifetime Achievement Award At Festival

"Mel Gibson is in a town that's run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he's actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him-and doesn't need to feed him anymore because he's got enough dough," he added.

More: Gary Oldman Is Slammed By Mel Gibson's DUI Arresting Police Officer

Oldman has since used an appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ to apologise for his remarks about Mel Gibson's race row, explaining he "should know better".

Gary Oldman
Oldman has since apologized for his anti-semetic remarks

Gary Oldman rushing to the defence of Mel Gibson in the now infamous Playboy interview wasn’t exactly a smart decision.

But finally the ‘Braveheart’ actor has returned the favour by calling him a “good buy.”

Gibson further defends Oldman by just explaining that his words were simply taken out of context.

'These things happen,” the 58 year-old said in an interview with Variety. “As we all know… I have nothing much to say. The guy was probably just… He’s a good guy.”

Adding, “He’s fantastic. I know him. He’s a good dude…I didn’t even look too hard.”

The British star drew lots of criticism when seemingly making some anti-semitic remarks during in an interview with Playboy.

Oldman was attempting to defend the publically scrutinized actors Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson against the "hypocrites," who criticised them after making controversial comments about Jews and gays.

During the controversial interview, the ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ actor spoke of the incident when Gibson shouted anti-Semitic remarks to a police officer who apprehended him during a DUI arrest in 2006.

"I don't know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things," Oldman said. "We're all f-----g hypocrites. That's what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n----r or that fucking J--? I'm being brutally honest here. It's the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy."

More: Jewish Leaders Upset By Mel Gibson's Lifetime Achievement Award At Festival

"Mel Gibson is in a town that's run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he's actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him-and doesn't need to feed him anymore because he's got enough dough," he added.

More: Gary Oldman Is Slammed By Mel Gibson's DUI Arresting Police Officer

Oldman has since used an appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ to apologise for his remarks about Mel Gibson's race row, explaining he "should know better".

Gary Oldman
Oldman has since apologized for his anti-semetic remarks

7th July 2014 4272897
Gary Oldman's Playboy Apology Just Won't Cut It For Anti-Defamation League 4259993 News

Once you get involved in a Hollywood scandal, it’s not easy to pull yourself out - Gary Oldman is finding this out the hard way. After his controversial interview in Playboy, wherein he criticised Hollywood’s “political correctness gone mad” and stood by Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson for their racist and homophobic remarks. A choice quote from the interview: “I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all fucking hypocrites. That’s what I think about it.”

Gary Oldman
The Anti-Defamation League came down hard on Oldman's comments.

He then went on to use the same slurs that Gibson and Baldwin got busted for. Oldman later issued an apology of the “sorry you were offended” variety.

“Upon reading my comments in print—I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype,” Oldman wrote, defending himself against backlash from the Anti-Defamation League. “Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable, including my own words on the matter. If, during the interview, I had been asked to elaborate on this point I would have pointed out that I had just finished reading Neal Gabler’s superb book about the Jews and Hollywood, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews invented Hollywood.”

More: 10 Things We Learned From Gary Oldman's Playboy Interview

Now, ADL president Abraham Foxman has responded to Oldman’s apology, describing it as “insufficient and not satisfactory”, according to Yahoo! News. The rejection itself might not matter much to Oldman, if it wasn’t for the fact that Foxman mentioned the ADL has "just began a conversation with his managing producer." According to the statement, this is only an effort to find an amicable solution to the conflict. However, it still means that Oldman’s comments are going to haunt him for some time to come. 

Gary Oldman
Oldman isn't too pleased with himself. Or with anyone else, if his Playboy interview is anything to go by.

Once you get involved in a Hollywood scandal, it’s not easy to pull yourself out - Gary Oldman is finding this out the hard way. After his controversial interview in Playboy, wherein he criticised Hollywood’s “political correctness gone mad” and stood by Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson for their racist and homophobic remarks. A choice quote from the interview: “I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all fucking hypocrites. That’s what I think about it.”

Gary Oldman
The Anti-Defamation League came down hard on Oldman's comments.

He then went on to use the same slurs that Gibson and Baldwin got busted for. Oldman later issued an apology of the “sorry you were offended” variety.

“Upon reading my comments in print—I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype,” Oldman wrote, defending himself against backlash from the Anti-Defamation League. “Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable, including my own words on the matter. If, during the interview, I had been asked to elaborate on this point I would have pointed out that I had just finished reading Neal Gabler’s superb book about the Jews and Hollywood, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews invented Hollywood.”

More: 10 Things We Learned From Gary Oldman's Playboy Interview

Now, ADL president Abraham Foxman has responded to Oldman’s apology, describing it as “insufficient and not satisfactory”, according to Yahoo! News. The rejection itself might not matter much to Oldman, if it wasn’t for the fact that Foxman mentioned the ADL has "just began a conversation with his managing producer." According to the statement, this is only an effort to find an amicable solution to the conflict. However, it still means that Oldman’s comments are going to haunt him for some time to come. 

Gary Oldman
Oldman isn't too pleased with himself. Or with anyone else, if his Playboy interview is anything to go by.

26th June 2014 4062581
Gary Oldman Offers "Heartfelt, Genuine" Remorse For Mel Gibson Anti-Semitism Defence 4258711 News

Gary Oldman has issued a "heartfelt" and "genuine" apology for comments he made in an interview with Playboy magazine which recently surfaced in which he appeared to be condoning or perpetuating anti-Semitic views by defending Mel Gibson's infamous 2006 rant against Jews.

The apology was issued as an explanation to the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Weisenthal Center, in response to the ADL's charge that his words propagated anti-Semitic stereotypes.

"I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people. Upon reading my comments in print-I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype," began the JFK star.

Describing his own words as "unacceptable," the 56 year-old actor continued "If, during the interview, I had been asked to elaborate on this point I would have pointed out that I had just finished reading Neal Gabler's superb book about the Jews and Hollywood, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews invented Hollywood. The fact is that our business, and my own career specifically, owes an enormous debt to that contribution," via Deadline.

More: Gary Oldman says he'd like to remake most of his films.

"I hope you will know that this apology is heartfelt, genuine, and that I have an enormous personal affinity for the Jewish people in general, and those specifically in my life. The Jewish People, persecuted thorough the ages, are the first to hear God's voice, and surely are the chosen people," Oldman wrote.

The magazine quoted Oldman as having ridiculed those who were offended by Gibson's remarks, saying "We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That's what gets me. I think it's like, take a f**king joke. Get over it. "We're all f**king hypocrites. That's what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n****r or that f**king Jew?"

More: 10 things we learned about Gary Oldman from his Playboy interview.

Gibson was arrested for drink-driving in 2006 and, after asking the police officer whether he was Jewish, said "F**king Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." The same police officer, James Mee, recently stepped forward to condemn Oldman's attitude towards the incident, taking offence at Oldman's suggestion that everyone is prone to using such insults from time to time.

"I'm Jewish and why would I say that to discredit my own religious makeup?" he said, adding "The N-word is a scary word. I would never even dream of using it. It sickens me that anyone would use that word."

Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman Has Sincerely Apologised For Comments He Made During A Playboy Interview.

Gary Oldman has issued a "heartfelt" and "genuine" apology for comments he made in an interview with Playboy magazine which recently surfaced in which he appeared to be condoning or perpetuating anti-Semitic views by defending Mel Gibson's infamous 2006 rant against Jews.

The apology was issued as an explanation to the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Weisenthal Center, in response to the ADL's charge that his words propagated anti-Semitic stereotypes.

"I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people. Upon reading my comments in print-I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype," began the JFK star.

Describing his own words as "unacceptable," the 56 year-old actor continued "If, during the interview, I had been asked to elaborate on this point I would have pointed out that I had just finished reading Neal Gabler's superb book about the Jews and Hollywood, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews invented Hollywood. The fact is that our business, and my own career specifically, owes an enormous debt to that contribution," via Deadline.

More: Gary Oldman says he'd like to remake most of his films.

"I hope you will know that this apology is heartfelt, genuine, and that I have an enormous personal affinity for the Jewish people in general, and those specifically in my life. The Jewish People, persecuted thorough the ages, are the first to hear God's voice, and surely are the chosen people," Oldman wrote.

The magazine quoted Oldman as having ridiculed those who were offended by Gibson's remarks, saying "We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That's what gets me. I think it's like, take a f**king joke. Get over it. "We're all f**king hypocrites. That's what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n****r or that f**king Jew?"

More: 10 things we learned about Gary Oldman from his Playboy interview.

Gibson was arrested for drink-driving in 2006 and, after asking the police officer whether he was Jewish, said "F**king Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." The same police officer, James Mee, recently stepped forward to condemn Oldman's attitude towards the incident, taking offence at Oldman's suggestion that everyone is prone to using such insults from time to time.

"I'm Jewish and why would I say that to discredit my own religious makeup?" he said, adding "The N-word is a scary word. I would never even dream of using it. It sickens me that anyone would use that word."

Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman Has Sincerely Apologised For Comments He Made During A Playboy Interview.

25th June 2014 2920411
"I Don't Get It": Gary Oldman Shields Mel Gibson's Anti-Semitism 4257145 News

Gary Oldman has become the centre of his own controversy after dipping into the enduring furore surrounding anti-Semitic comments that fellow actor Mel Gibson made in 2006. The Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy actor features in a new interview with Playboy magazine in which he airs his disbelief over the outrage that followed Gibson's outburst.

Describing those who chastised Gibson as "f**king hypocrites," Oldman added "We've all said those things." The 56 year-old continued "We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That's what gets me. I think it's like, take a f**king joke. Get over it."

Gibson was arrested for drink-driving in Malibu and after asking whether the police officer was Jewish, said "F**king Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." The filmmaker apologised, saying the comments were "blurted out in a moment of insanity" and branding the incident as "despicable behaviour."

"Mel Gibson is in a town that's run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he's actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him - and doesn't need to feed him anymore because he's got enough dough," Oldman continued. "He's like an outcast, a leper, you know?

"He can say something like that. Is that more or less offensive than Alec Baldwin saying to someone in the street, "You fag"? I don't get it."

More: Gary Oldman to produce TV series, 'The Diabolic.'

"We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That's what gets me. You have to be very careful about what you say," he reasoned, adding "I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn't share, but it's not like I'm a fascist or a racist. There's nothing like that in my history."

Oldman's statements have been perceived to be in defence of Gibson's behaviour but Douglas Urbanski, Oldman's spokesperson issued a lengthy statement denying that the actor has defended Gibson in any way, rather than drawing attention to the thorny issue of political correctness and hypocrisy.

More: Gary Oldman goes commando on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'

Urbanski also indicated that the interview took place over nine hours therefore certain conversational strings were omitted to give "the impression of a certain sort of narrative."

"On the topic of Mel Gibson, Gary does not 'defend' him," Urbanski told The Independent. Noteworthy, however, is that other artists - notably Robert Downey Jr. and Jodie Foster - have loudly defended Mel Gibson spanning the past few years.

"Political correctness is a thing that drives Gary and many many others crazy. [...] In this interview, Gary is doing what many intelligent people do: he is illustrating the absurd by being absurd. I found his attitudes as an artist and his work ethic first class and deeply professional. These are all hallmarks consistent with how Gary has lived his life and career."

Gary Oldman features in the new issue of Playboy, which will be published on the 27th June.


Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman Makes Attempts To Play Down Mel Gibson's Anti-Semitism In The New Playboy.

Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson's 2006 Remarks Against Jews Caused Outrage.

Gary Oldman has become the centre of his own controversy after dipping into the enduring furore surrounding anti-Semitic comments that fellow actor Mel Gibson made in 2006. The Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy actor features in a new interview with Playboy magazine in which he airs his disbelief over the outrage that followed Gibson's outburst.

Describing those who chastised Gibson as "f**king hypocrites," Oldman added "We've all said those things." The 56 year-old continued "We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That's what gets me. I think it's like, take a f**king joke. Get over it."

Gibson was arrested for drink-driving in Malibu and after asking whether the police officer was Jewish, said "F**king Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." The filmmaker apologised, saying the comments were "blurted out in a moment of insanity" and branding the incident as "despicable behaviour."

"Mel Gibson is in a town that's run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he's actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him - and doesn't need to feed him anymore because he's got enough dough," Oldman continued. "He's like an outcast, a leper, you know?

"He can say something like that. Is that more or less offensive than Alec Baldwin saying to someone in the street, "You fag"? I don't get it."

More: Gary Oldman to produce TV series, 'The Diabolic.'

"We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That's what gets me. You have to be very careful about what you say," he reasoned, adding "I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn't share, but it's not like I'm a fascist or a racist. There's nothing like that in my history."

Oldman's statements have been perceived to be in defence of Gibson's behaviour but Douglas Urbanski, Oldman's spokesperson issued a lengthy statement denying that the actor has defended Gibson in any way, rather than drawing attention to the thorny issue of political correctness and hypocrisy.

More: Gary Oldman goes commando on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'

Urbanski also indicated that the interview took place over nine hours therefore certain conversational strings were omitted to give "the impression of a certain sort of narrative."

"On the topic of Mel Gibson, Gary does not 'defend' him," Urbanski told The Independent. Noteworthy, however, is that other artists - notably Robert Downey Jr. and Jodie Foster - have loudly defended Mel Gibson spanning the past few years.

"Political correctness is a thing that drives Gary and many many others crazy. [...] In this interview, Gary is doing what many intelligent people do: he is illustrating the absurd by being absurd. I found his attitudes as an artist and his work ethic first class and deeply professional. These are all hallmarks consistent with how Gary has lived his life and career."

Gary Oldman features in the new issue of Playboy, which will be published on the 27th June.


Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman Makes Attempts To Play Down Mel Gibson's Anti-Semitism In The New Playboy.

Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson's 2006 Remarks Against Jews Caused Outrage.

24th June 2014 4062579
Daniel Radcliffe & 4 More Celebrities Who Battled Alcoholism 4245842 News

Fame, fortune, talent and beauty are amongst the qualities those in the public eye enjoy. Unfortunately, they come with a heavy price of media attention, pressure and fan obsession. Whilst many celebrities are able to deal with the pressures of constant scrutiny, others find it considerably more difficult and turn to alcoholism and substance abuse as a means of coping. Amongst them is Daniel Radcliffe. 

Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe admitted he had problems with alcohol.

We still think of Radcliffe as the eleven year old who first graced our screens as Harry Potter in 2001 but, at the age of 24, Radcliffe has admitted he has experienced problems with alcohol due to his long running fame. In an interview with Sky Arts, due to be broadcast later this year, he explained how the fame and attention from Harry Potter had taken its toll.

Radcliffe, as the Independent reports, said the attention "was not making me as happy as I wanted it to." He continued by explaining the pressure he felt from what people were saying and would say of him in the future, if his career did not take off after the film franchise. Speaking in the interview he said "It is not a real pressure but it is a pressure of living with the thought, 'Oh, what if all these people are saying I am not going to have a career? What if they are all going to be right and will be laughing and I will be consigned to a bunch of 'Where are they now?' lists?"

Read More: Daniel Radcliffe Filmed Harry Potter Scenes Whilst Drunk.

Radcliffe has succeeded in overcoming his difficulties with drink and has been sober since 2010. This appears to be largely due to how his career has benefitted from Harry Potter and how he is now regarded as an established and successful actor in his own right. Radcliffe said, regardless of the issues he faced, "I always will credit the opportunities I get to Harry Potter. I would not be a happy person if I was bitter about those ten years of my life."

Read More: Daniel Radcliffe Doesn't Speak To Emma Watson.

Yet Daniel Radcliffe is not the only person in the public eye to have experienced difficulties with alcohol. Here are four other famous people who waged a war with alcoholism - most succeeded but some lost with tragic consequences. 

Next page: Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson admitted to suffering from alcohol addiction in 2006.

Mel Gibson publically admitted in 2006 he had issues with alcohol. The Mad Max actor released a lengthy statement in which he apologised for his previous behaviour which had drawn negative media attention. Gibson had been arrested the same year for a DUI and had had previously been in trouble with the law on the same charges. 

At the time of his arrest in 2006, Gibson was accused (not for the first time) of being anti-Semitic owing to reports which suggested he had used a racial slur aimed at the arresting officer. He apologised in the statement, as CBS reports, and explained "I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested." He continued by admitting he had a long term alcohol addition, stating: "I disgraced myself and my family with my behaviour and for that I am truly sorry. I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse."

Gibson was ordered to get help for his alcoholism and has been sober since 2006. He has also been hugely supportive of Robert Downey Jr when he admitted to be struggling from the same problem. 

Next page: Amy WInehouse

Amy Winehouse

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Amy Winehouse tragically lost her life to alcoholism.

Notoriously Amy Winehouse was involved with drugs and alcohol, making no secret of it with her 2006 single Rehab. Sadly, Winehouse died as a result of substance abuse in 2011. An inquest into the death of the singer revealed she had died of alcohol poisoning, as a second inquest in 2013 confirmed. When Winehouse's body was discovered, two empty vodka bottles were discovered on the floor by her leading the coroner to state the Back to Black singer had "voluntarily consumed" the alcohol, as the Mirror reports. Winehouse was discovered to have been over five times the legal driving limit with more than 420mg of alcohol in her blood stream. 

Winehouse seemingly hid her alcoholism, in a fashion typical of those suffering from the disease, from her family. Her mother Janis Winehouse, speaking to the Daily Mail shortly after her daughter's death, said her daughter would not drink in front of her family. She added Winehouse, who was 27 when she died, had not intentionally killed herself. Janis praised her daughter as "incredibly strong" but that "alcohol addiction seemed to creep up on her and then just took her by surprise."

Next page: Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins has been sober for 37 years.

Anthony Hopkins has become one of Britain's most admired and prolific actors yet, in his youth, his career was endangered by his dependence on substance abuse. In a 2010 interview with the Daily Mail, Hopkins explained that whilst the rest of London was enjoying the 1960s and the liberation it seemingly brought, he was "was drinking [himself] into oblivion."

Much like Radcliffe, his drinking even affected his performances in films. Throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, Hopkins would turn up to sets after a heavy night of drinking and not sleeping and still perform. He claimed that in one 1968 movie, The Looking Glass War, he was so drunk at one point he did not remember filming one pivotal scene. Hopkins said "I had a scene with Ralph Richardson in the back of a car that I don't even remember doing because I was so drunk. I caught the film on TV recently - I got the lines right but they sounded a bit muzzy." He continued to drink heavily throughout the early part of his career. 

He finally stopped drinking when he reached rock bottom, not being able to remember where he was the night before. He has been sober for 34 years (at the time of the interview - now 37 years) after finally deciding enough was enough. In the interview Hopkins explained "One day I just thought, "I've had enough of this". It was simple. I didn't want to go on feeling bad. I don't miss drinking, not at all. I don't want to ever go back there. Now I just love English tea and digestive biscuits or Hobnobs."

Next page: Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper discussed his battle with alcohol and substance abuse in a recent interview.

Hollywood heart-throb Bradley Cooper recently admitted he does not drink after suffering from substance and alcohol abuse. Before he married in 2006, the Hangover actor had endured years of alcohol abuse which had impacted upon his life and career. He finally realised he was in danger of "sabotaging" his life if he continued on a self destructive spiral.

In an interview with GQ in January of this year, Cooper explained how his work and personal life were being affected by his drinking. Although he continued to turn up for work, he admits it did suffer and was finally forced to change. After becoming sober, he had to take any work he could before once again embarking on bigger budget roles. 

Cooper explained how he felt he was drinking as a means of avoiding accepting himself. Now sober, he stated "the one thing that I've learned in life is the best thing I can do is embrace who I am and then do that to the fullest extent, and then whatever happens, happens."

Fame, fortune, talent and beauty are amongst the qualities those in the public eye enjoy. Unfortunately, they come with a heavy price of media attention, pressure and fan obsession. Whilst many celebrities are able to deal with the pressures of constant scrutiny, others find it considerably more difficult and turn to alcoholism and substance abuse as a means of coping. Amongst them is Daniel Radcliffe. 

Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe admitted he had problems with alcohol.

We still think of Radcliffe as the eleven year old who first graced our screens as Harry Potter in 2001 but, at the age of 24, Radcliffe has admitted he has experienced problems with alcohol due to his long running fame. In an interview with Sky Arts, due to be broadcast later this year, he explained how the fame and attention from Harry Potter had taken its toll.

Radcliffe, as the Independent reports, said the attention "was not making me as happy as I wanted it to." He continued by explaining the pressure he felt from what people were saying and would say of him in the future, if his career did not take off after the film franchise. Speaking in the interview he said "It is not a real pressure but it is a pressure of living with the thought, 'Oh, what if all these people are saying I am not going to have a career? What if they are all going to be right and will be laughing and I will be consigned to a bunch of 'Where are they now?' lists?"

Read More: Daniel Radcliffe Filmed Harry Potter Scenes Whilst Drunk.

Radcliffe has succeeded in overcoming his difficulties with drink and has been sober since 2010. This appears to be largely due to how his career has benefitted from Harry Potter and how he is now regarded as an established and successful actor in his own right. Radcliffe said, regardless of the issues he faced, "I always will credit the opportunities I get to Harry Potter. I would not be a happy person if I was bitter about those ten years of my life."

Read More: Daniel Radcliffe Doesn't Speak To Emma Watson.

Yet Daniel Radcliffe is not the only person in the public eye to have experienced difficulties with alcohol. Here are four other famous people who waged a war with alcoholism - most succeeded but some lost with tragic consequences. 

Next page: Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson admitted to suffering from alcohol addiction in 2006.

Mel Gibson publically admitted in 2006 he had issues with alcohol. The Mad Max actor released a lengthy statement in which he apologised for his previous behaviour which had drawn negative media attention. Gibson had been arrested the same year for a DUI and had had previously been in trouble with the law on the same charges. 

At the time of his arrest in 2006, Gibson was accused (not for the first time) of being anti-Semitic owing to reports which suggested he had used a racial slur aimed at the arresting officer. He apologised in the statement, as CBS reports, and explained "I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested." He continued by admitting he had a long term alcohol addition, stating: "I disgraced myself and my family with my behaviour and for that I am truly sorry. I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse."

Gibson was ordered to get help for his alcoholism and has been sober since 2006. He has also been hugely supportive of Robert Downey Jr when he admitted to be struggling from the same problem. 

Next page: Amy WInehouse

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse tragically lost her life to alcoholism.

Notoriously Amy Winehouse was involved with drugs and alcohol, making no secret of it with her 2006 single Rehab. Sadly, Winehouse died as a result of substance abuse in 2011. An inquest into the death of the singer revealed she had died of alcohol poisoning, as a second inquest in 2013 confirmed. When Winehouse's body was discovered, two empty vodka bottles were discovered on the floor by her leading the coroner to state the Back to Black singer had "voluntarily consumed" the alcohol, as the Mirror reports. Winehouse was discovered to have been over five times the legal driving limit with more than 420mg of alcohol in her blood stream. 

Winehouse seemingly hid her alcoholism, in a fashion typical of those suffering from the disease, from her family. Her mother Janis Winehouse, speaking to the Daily Mail shortly after her daughter's death, said her daughter would not drink in front of her family. She added Winehouse, who was 27 when she died, had not intentionally killed herself. Janis praised her daughter as "incredibly strong" but that "alcohol addiction seemed to creep up on her and then just took her by surprise."

Next page: Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins has been sober for 37 years.

Anthony Hopkins has become one of Britain's most admired and prolific actors yet, in his youth, his career was endangered by his dependence on substance abuse. In a 2010 interview with the Daily Mail, Hopkins explained that whilst the rest of London was enjoying the 1960s and the liberation it seemingly brought, he was "was drinking [himself] into oblivion."

Much like Radcliffe, his drinking even affected his performances in films. Throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, Hopkins would turn up to sets after a heavy night of drinking and not sleeping and still perform. He claimed that in one 1968 movie, The Looking Glass War, he was so drunk at one point he did not remember filming one pivotal scene. Hopkins said "I had a scene with Ralph Richardson in the back of a car that I don't even remember doing because I was so drunk. I caught the film on TV recently - I got the lines right but they sounded a bit muzzy." He continued to drink heavily throughout the early part of his career. 

He finally stopped drinking when he reached rock bottom, not being able to remember where he was the night before. He has been sober for 34 years (at the time of the interview - now 37 years) after finally deciding enough was enough. In the interview Hopkins explained "One day I just thought, "I've had enough of this". It was simple. I didn't want to go on feeling bad. I don't miss drinking, not at all. I don't want to ever go back there. Now I just love English tea and digestive biscuits or Hobnobs."

Next page: Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper discussed his battle with alcohol and substance abuse in a recent interview.

Hollywood heart-throb Bradley Cooper recently admitted he does not drink after suffering from substance and alcohol abuse. Before he married in 2006, the Hangover actor had endured years of alcohol abuse which had impacted upon his life and career. He finally realised he was in danger of "sabotaging" his life if he continued on a self destructive spiral.

In an interview with GQ in January of this year, Cooper explained how his work and personal life were being affected by his drinking. Although he continued to turn up for work, he admits it did suffer and was finally forced to change. After becoming sober, he had to take any work he could before once again embarking on bigger budget roles. 

Cooper explained how he felt he was drinking as a means of avoiding accepting himself. Now sober, he stated "the one thing that I've learned in life is the best thing I can do is embrace who I am and then do that to the fullest extent, and then whatever happens, happens."

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Guess Who? Shailene Woodley And Five Other Celebrities In Disguise 4241052 News

This week A Fault in Our Star actress Shailene Woodley disguised herself in a long curly wig so she could enjoy her new movie at a regular cinema incognito. It may seem like a very simple disguise but it worked and Shailene was able to enjoy the film without causing a scene. Of course sometimes for a celebrity a disguise is necessary, especially when you're looking to carry out normal, everyday activities. Here’s five other examples of stars who have tried (and mostly failed) at going incognito. Come on, would you have recognised them?

Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley, wears a curly wig to the cinema

Kesha

The best disguises are usually the least conspicuous ones as the last thing you’d want is to draw more attention to yourself. Well no one told this to eccentric popstar Kesha, who once donned a tiger mask, yes a tiger mask, to leave a beauty salon. At the time the singer did have a new album coming out entitled Animal, so she did manage to work in a handy bit of self promotion.

More: Kesha Returning To Work With New Reality Tv Show

Mel Gibson

Those of us without an imagination hear the word disguise and think a fake moustache, some glasses and perhaps a funny nose, that’ll work. Sadly one of those unimaginative people is Mel Gibson, who in 2010 was spotted out wearing a fake nose, glasses, a stuck on moustache and of course a baseball cap to avoided being photographed. Of course Mel’s cover was blown by the paparazzi who instantly recognised him and the actor responded by removing the disguise and shouting at them “Got nothing better to do?” The same could probably be said for you, Mel.

Leonardo DiCaprio

If there’s one celebrity who loves a good disguise it’s Leonardo DiCaprio. The problem is Leo’s disguises usually involve him just putting something over his face and hoping no one notices his trademark flat cap. In 2013, he took inspiration from his role in The Man In The Iron Mask and chose a bizarre black mask to wear while sightseeing in Venice. It probably seemed like a good idea initially, but when the actor tried to eat a slice of pizza it became clear he hand’t made the most functional choice. Then there was that dancing Coachella video. Basically, if you see a man in a flat cap completely covering his face yet still wearing sunglasses, it’s DiCaprio having a day off.

More: Was That Really Leonardo DiCaprio Dancing at Coachella? We Investigate.

Eminem

During a trip to London, rapper Eminem wanted to do a spot of shopping in peace, so in order to hide that he was the real Slim Shady, he decided to wear a Mexican wrestling mask. Suffice to say it didn't work and although some people’s first instinct might have been to think, “it’s Rey Mysterio and he’s shopping!” Most figured out it was just Eminem, wearing a mask and pretending he wanted no one to notice him, which is far less interesting.

Tom CruiseTom Cruise, spent time as a FedEx delivery man

Tom Cruise

Amazingly, the man who’s the most famous of them all is also our winner at going undercover. To prepare for his role as an assassin in Collateral, Tom Cruise, one of the most recognisable men in the world became a FedEx delivery man. Wearing a brown uniform and baseball cap, Cruise delivered a package in a crowded LA marketplace and amazingly went unnoticed. What makes it even better is that the actor also sat down and had a cup of coffee with a stranger, who had no idea their new favourite delivery man was megastar Tom Cruise. You can watch it all for yourself, here.

This week A Fault in Our Star actress Shailene Woodley disguised herself in a long curly wig so she could enjoy her new movie at a regular cinema incognito. It may seem like a very simple disguise but it worked and Shailene was able to enjoy the film without causing a scene. Of course sometimes for a celebrity a disguise is necessary, especially when you're looking to carry out normal, everyday activities. Here’s five other examples of stars who have tried (and mostly failed) at going incognito. Come on, would you have recognised them?

Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley, wears a curly wig to the cinema

Kesha

The best disguises are usually the least conspicuous ones as the last thing you’d want is to draw more attention to yourself. Well no one told this to eccentric popstar Kesha, who once donned a tiger mask, yes a tiger mask, to leave a beauty salon. At the time the singer did have a new album coming out entitled Animal, so she did manage to work in a handy bit of self promotion.

More: Kesha Returning To Work With New Reality Tv Show

Mel Gibson

Those of us without an imagination hear the word disguise and think a fake moustache, some glasses and perhaps a funny nose, that’ll work. Sadly one of those unimaginative people is Mel Gibson, who in 2010 was spotted out wearing a fake nose, glasses, a stuck on moustache and of course a baseball cap to avoided being photographed. Of course Mel’s cover was blown by the paparazzi who instantly recognised him and the actor responded by removing the disguise and shouting at them “Got nothing better to do?” The same could probably be said for you, Mel.

Leonardo DiCaprio

If there’s one celebrity who loves a good disguise it’s Leonardo DiCaprio. The problem is Leo’s disguises usually involve him just putting something over his face and hoping no one notices his trademark flat cap. In 2013, he took inspiration from his role in The Man In The Iron Mask and chose a bizarre black mask to wear while sightseeing in Venice. It probably seemed like a good idea initially, but when the actor tried to eat a slice of pizza it became clear he hand’t made the most functional choice. Then there was that dancing Coachella video. Basically, if you see a man in a flat cap completely covering his face yet still wearing sunglasses, it’s DiCaprio having a day off.

More: Was That Really Leonardo DiCaprio Dancing at Coachella? We Investigate.

Eminem

During a trip to London, rapper Eminem wanted to do a spot of shopping in peace, so in order to hide that he was the real Slim Shady, he decided to wear a Mexican wrestling mask. Suffice to say it didn't work and although some people’s first instinct might have been to think, “it’s Rey Mysterio and he’s shopping!” Most figured out it was just Eminem, wearing a mask and pretending he wanted no one to notice him, which is far less interesting.

Tom CruiseTom Cruise, spent time as a FedEx delivery man

Tom Cruise

Amazingly, the man who’s the most famous of them all is also our winner at going undercover. To prepare for his role as an assassin in Collateral, Tom Cruise, one of the most recognisable men in the world became a FedEx delivery man. Wearing a brown uniform and baseball cap, Cruise delivered a package in a crowded LA marketplace and amazingly went unnoticed. What makes it even better is that the actor also sat down and had a cup of coffee with a stranger, who had no idea their new favourite delivery man was megastar Tom Cruise. You can watch it all for yourself, here.

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Will Justin Bieber's Racist Joke Damage His Career? 4225128 News

There’s a lot of words we’d use to describe Justin Bieber, but “racist” wasn’t one of them. That was, until a video emerged of the pop star over the weekend, in which he tells a joke which includes the N-word in the punchline. In the video, Bieber asks, “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?” Before simulating the sound of a chainsaw, but using the N-word, “Run n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****.”

Celebrity Racism Bieber has apologised for using the racist word in the punchline of a joke

The video was taken from footage that was filmed for Bieber’s 2011 documentary, “Never Say Never.” Unsurprisingly, it didn’t make the final cut, although that didn’t stop The Sun newspaper from finding and releasing it. Bieber is said to be “frustrated and sad,” and has released a statement regarding the leaked video: “I’m very sorry. I take all my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologise for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable behaviour. I thought it was OK to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but I didn’t realise at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance.”

MORE: Did Justin Bieber really apologise for his racist joke?

The “Boyfriend” singer added, “ignorance has no place in our society and I hope the sharing of my faults can prevent others from making the same mistake in the future.”

Bieber isn’t the only celebrity who has been accused of using racial slurs. Probably the most famous case of racism from a celebrity was when Mel Gibson allegedly proclaimed, midway through his 2006 DUI arrest, that “Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” A pretty broad statement there, which p*ssed off a whole lotta people.  He never quite managed to recover his tarnished rep after the incident and things only got worse when, in 2010, voicemails he had left his his ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva surfaced. In one of the voicemails, Gibson says he wished Grogorieva would be raped by a pack of “n******,” while in another he labelled Mexican people “wetbacks.”

In 2008, allegedly Charlie Sheen left a voicemail for his ex, Denise Richards, calling her “a coward and a liar and a f*cking n*gger.” Out of all the things Charlie Sheen has done, this is probably one of the least memorable, but that may be due to the sheer outrageousness of his behaviour in general.

Celebrity Racism Was Rihanna's tweet directed at Chris Brown's girlfriend, Karrueche Tran (pictured above)?

In 2012, Rihanna posted a photo deemed racist on her Twitter account, which was thought to relate to her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown’s Vietnamese girlfriend Karrueche Tran. In the photo, Rihanna puts hoop earrings and a pair of sunglasses on a bag of rice cakes. Rice is a staple Vietnamese food, so Rihanna might have thought she was being cryptic and clever. Fans thought they'd figured it out, although her reputation wasn’t too damaged, which may give Bieber some hope that he may recover from his latest scandal.

MORE: Leaked footage shows Justin Bieber using the N-word for a joke

There’s a lot of words we’d use to describe Justin Bieber, but “racist” wasn’t one of them. That was, until a video emerged of the pop star over the weekend, in which he tells a joke which includes the N-word in the punchline. In the video, Bieber asks, “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?” Before simulating the sound of a chainsaw, but using the N-word, “Run n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****.”

Celebrity Racism Bieber has apologised for using the racist word in the punchline of a joke

The video was taken from footage that was filmed for Bieber’s 2011 documentary, “Never Say Never.” Unsurprisingly, it didn’t make the final cut, although that didn’t stop The Sun newspaper from finding and releasing it. Bieber is said to be “frustrated and sad,” and has released a statement regarding the leaked video: “I’m very sorry. I take all my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologise for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable behaviour. I thought it was OK to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but I didn’t realise at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance.”

MORE: Did Justin Bieber really apologise for his racist joke?

The “Boyfriend” singer added, “ignorance has no place in our society and I hope the sharing of my faults can prevent others from making the same mistake in the future.”

Bieber isn’t the only celebrity who has been accused of using racial slurs. Probably the most famous case of racism from a celebrity was when Mel Gibson allegedly proclaimed, midway through his 2006 DUI arrest, that “Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” A pretty broad statement there, which p*ssed off a whole lotta people.  He never quite managed to recover his tarnished rep after the incident and things only got worse when, in 2010, voicemails he had left his his ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva surfaced. In one of the voicemails, Gibson says he wished Grogorieva would be raped by a pack of “n******,” while in another he labelled Mexican people “wetbacks.”

In 2008, allegedly Charlie Sheen left a voicemail for his ex, Denise Richards, calling her “a coward and a liar and a f*cking n*gger.” Out of all the things Charlie Sheen has done, this is probably one of the least memorable, but that may be due to the sheer outrageousness of his behaviour in general.

Celebrity Racism Was Rihanna's tweet directed at Chris Brown's girlfriend, Karrueche Tran (pictured above)?

In 2012, Rihanna posted a photo deemed racist on her Twitter account, which was thought to relate to her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown’s Vietnamese girlfriend Karrueche Tran. In the photo, Rihanna puts hoop earrings and a pair of sunglasses on a bag of rice cakes. Rice is a staple Vietnamese food, so Rihanna might have thought she was being cryptic and clever. Fans thought they'd figured it out, although her reputation wasn’t too damaged, which may give Bieber some hope that he may recover from his latest scandal.

MORE: Leaked footage shows Justin Bieber using the N-word for a joke

2nd June 2014 4213920
Cast Of "Expendables 3" Tanks At Cannes. Literally. 4202535 News

Tanks at Cannes – if anyone could pull it off, it had to be Sly Stallone and company. Stallone and Expendables 3 costars made their arrival, riding along the Croisette in the French city in two massive Soviet tanks. Sure, it didn’t do anything to help the already terrible traffic in Cannes around festival time, but it did contribute to the film’s eye-popping promotional bill of $2 million, spent over the course of the festival.

Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone shows his support for the efforts to rescue over 200 girls kidnapped by militants in Nigeria.

Besides the tank stunt, admittedly one of the better ideas to come out of a Hollywood promo team, the $2 million budget also included a promo of clips from the movie and a star-studded press conference at the Carlton hotel. The press conference featured almost all the stars of the film (and the tank stunt) including returning heroes Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolph Lundgren, as well as new recruits Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Kelsey Grammar. Nu Image and Millenium Films must be working on a very liberal budget this time around.

Watch the Expendables 3 trailer below.4184957-0;noautoplay; The Expendables 3 - Extended Teaser Trailer - 16.05.2014 17:47:1

A producer in the showreel declared the lineup "the best cast assembled for any film ever", while Gibson spoke of a "pile of icons", according to The Guardian. Director Patrick Hughes explained that the cast took much pride in doing as many of their own stunts as possible, despite their advancing years, with Stallone adding: "We put the pain in and it pays off."

Expendables 3 is out on August 15 in the US.

More: In Defense Of Bruce Willis. Why $4 Million For The Expendables 3 Is A Bargain.

More: Expendables 3 Plot Details Revealed Whilst Bulgarian Filming In Full Swing

Tanks at Cannes – if anyone could pull it off, it had to be Sly Stallone and company. Stallone and Expendables 3 costars made their arrival, riding along the Croisette in the French city in two massive Soviet tanks. Sure, it didn’t do anything to help the already terrible traffic in Cannes around festival time, but it did contribute to the film’s eye-popping promotional bill of $2 million, spent over the course of the festival.

Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone shows his support for the efforts to rescue over 200 girls kidnapped by militants in Nigeria.

Besides the tank stunt, admittedly one of the better ideas to come out of a Hollywood promo team, the $2 million budget also included a promo of clips from the movie and a star-studded press conference at the Carlton hotel. The press conference featured almost all the stars of the film (and the tank stunt) including returning heroes Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolph Lundgren, as well as new recruits Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Kelsey Grammar. Nu Image and Millenium Films must be working on a very liberal budget this time around.

Watch the Expendables 3 trailer below.4184957-0;noautoplay; The Expendables 3 - Extended Teaser Trailer - 16.05.2014 17:47:1

A producer in the showreel declared the lineup "the best cast assembled for any film ever", while Gibson spoke of a "pile of icons", according to The Guardian. Director Patrick Hughes explained that the cast took much pride in doing as many of their own stunts as possible, despite their advancing years, with Stallone adding: "We put the pain in and it pays off."

Expendables 3 is out on August 15 in the US.

More: In Defense Of Bruce Willis. Why $4 Million For The Expendables 3 Is A Bargain.

More: Expendables 3 Plot Details Revealed Whilst Bulgarian Filming In Full Swing

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