Mel Gibson Acting Again in Edge of Darkness
Alleged anti-Semite Mel Gibson is returning to the big screen! Well, the 52-year-old is of course known for more than just insulting Jews; but since he hasn't acted on screen since M. Night Shyamalan's Signs in 2002 and infamously declared in 2006, "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world" whilst getting arrested for drunk driving, I can't help but have that as my free-associate for the seasoned Aussie. Gibson will face the camera again in cooperation with the BBC for a film titled Edge of Darkness, based on the British TV series of the same name. Director, Martin Campbell of the Bond installments Casino Royale and Golden Eye, will fittingly helm the project, since he also directed the original series.
If you can't already tell, Gibson is one of those Hollywood veterans that has sadly dropped off my list. (The other big one being Tom Cruise, what with his Scientology antics over the last few years.) The guy, obviously, is brilliant and has cred for days. I loved him in the Mad Max, the Lethal Weapon series, Braveheart, and so on, but I can't say I'm a follower of him nowadays. Even his directing with Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto, while impressive, seemed condescendingly intelligent.
That all being said, I'm slightly intrigued by his latest project, largely by virtue of the original story, which spans roughly six one-hour episodes that originally aired in 1985. The variables are numerous, but essentially Gibson will play a cop that seeks to solve his daughter's brutal murder, on the way uncovering government cover-ups and dark secrets. If you had to, you could almost piece together the character of Robert Crave (the cop) through Gibson's other roles over the years - the cop in Lethal Weapon; the nut in Conspiracy Theory; the vengeful dad in Ransom; the list goes on. This is all to say that Gibson will probably end up doing pretty well in this role.
It sounds like the adapted film might take on a familiar cop tone, too. Producer Graham King (The Departed) is financing the project himself and is planning for production to start in August in Boston. I guess that means Gibson is going to work on his Irish accent. No word yet on who might round out the cast, which includes a variety of shadowing government types and conspirators. So are folks excited to see Gibson back on screen?