Mel Gibson Speaks! Mentions Upcoming Randall Wallace Film & More
He hasn't spoken out since the "incident" last year, but Deadline has just posted the first exclusive interview with Mel Gibson since then and it's quite an interesting read. We usually stay out of the gossip side of things, but the interview covers topics from how angry/sad he felt after the tapes, to quotes like this, "I don't care if I don't act anymore." Like him or hate him, you can't deny that Mel Gibson has been a cinematic force that will at least be remember for films like Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, Mad Max and Signs. Gibson talked briefly in the interview about a project he is working on with Braveheart writer Randall Wallace.
We haven't heard much from Oscar nominated Randall "Randy" Wallace since he was attached to rewrite Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea years ago and pen the screenplays for Jerry Bruckehimer's Killing Rommel and With Wings as Eagles, which Arnold Schwarzenegger has been circling. So what is this new movie? Well, here's select quotes from Gibson's full interview that focus briefly on the new Wallace project:
"I could easily not act again. It's not a problem. I'm going to do something now because I want to do it and because it's fun. I've already pulled another job and it's going to be fun. I don't know if it's going to get off the ground, but I'm going to go work for [Best Picture Oscar winner Braveheart's screenwriter] Randy Wallace again. He's got this script and he's had it for years. He wrote some book and he's adapted it to a script. And it's almost like Alexander Dumas — like that swashbuckler kind of stuff."
"It's total bodice-ripping swashbuckling stuff, but it's funny. It's funny and yet it's got really good serious undertones too. Randy writes a decent script. And I responded to it right away. I thought this is hilarious. I've got to do this. And I'm not the main guy in the film -- which is great."
The interview then tangents to the cameo he was supposed to have in The Hangover Part II, and how that got canned last year. "You have to let that go. I sat here and talked to [director] Todd [Phillips] about it. I like Todd. How could you not like Todd? He's smart and he's gifted and so are the other people in the film. It's okay." So what is this new "swashbuckling" project he has lined up? The Playlist thinks it might be Wallace's Love & Honor, which is an adaptation and is a period-set patriotic epic of some sort focusing on a female. From IMDb: "One woman controls the fate of a nation." And the description from Amazon even uses "swashbuckling" to describe this being set "in late-eighteenth-century Russia." I'm intrigued already.
Of course, before Gibson even makes another movie, we have The Beaver yet to see, as it's set to begin hitting theaters across the nation in the next few months. Given the praise that the film has been receiving from FS writers Ethan and Jeremy alike, it's obvious this is a drama to watch out for. Even if you hate Gibson, there's still a lot of heart in the film and that's exactly what Gibson says drew him to the script to begin with. Here's another excerpt from the interview where he talks about The Beaver and working on that:
"Nobody wanted to do it. It was always on the top of the pile for scripts that don't get done but that should have been done… I don't think anybody really had a notion of really had to grapple with it. It really could have gone in several different directions. There were three main ways it could have gone. When I read it, I chose a different way to what Jodie did."
"A guy said to me one time, something really profound, and it’s so simple. It’s that depression lies. It’s a liar and you have to shut it down. There is nothing that alleviates it more than going out and doing something for someone else. It’s almost like instant healing. Get away from yourself. People can’t even get out of bed and it gets really severe. I’ve never been at that stage. Everyone goes through low and high and low and high and some people are blessed to be created on an even keel all the way through—but not me."
Gibson was referring to how the mom and son characters in movie perceive his character's depression in connection with the beaver puppet, it was an interesting answer. Again, it's highly suggested clicking over to Deadline to read the full interview with Gibson, as he covers quite a bit that you might (or might not) like to hear. Honestly, it's refreshing to hear straight from Gibson without any big controversy and obviously we're just sticking to the movie discussion anyway. Who knows if anyone will even go see The Beaver or if Gibson will actually act again (and even if he doesn't, it doesn't seem to bother him) but I for one wouldn't mind seeing him return in some dynamic roles, whether it being something with Randall Wallace again or something else. What does everyone think? Does Gibson have a chance or is he still a bit crazy?