Mel Gibson, the actor best known for playing the role of Mad Max in the original Mad Max series of movies and for playing the role of Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon franchise, will try his hand at directing once again. Having Mel Gibson in the director’s chair was a mixed bag as it brought the Academy Award-winning Braveheart to life, but he also caused a large amount of controversy over The Passion of The Christ.
According to Forward, Mel Gibson will be reuniting with his screenwriter for Braveheart, Randall Wallace, as they work on a sequel to the 2004 film The Passion of The Christ.
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The sequel is currently reported to be in the early stages of development, and Gibson and Wallace are plotting the film to focus on the resurrection of Jesus. Wallace notes that he has always wanted to tell the story of his resurrection.
He might always be remembered as Mad Max and as Martin Riggs, but Mel Gibson nearly brought a superhero to life on the big screen. According to News Australia, Mel Gibson was offered the role of Odin in the Thor movies, a role that ultimately went to Anthony Hopkins.
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He observed the current wave of superhero movies and expressed that he does enjoy some of the latest releases.
Mel Gibson spoke on the current superhero movies that have been released over the years.
“Some are good. Some are kind of funny… Guardians of the Galaxy. Or the first Iron Man. And some of them are just like retreats. I mean you can watch them do Spider-Man five times… There is a slight shift in the film. But, then again, I think all films are suffering from people not being able to now open them with their name. It’s a different kind of business these days.”
But there may be another reason why Mel Gibson hasn’t been offered many “important” roles in recent years. According to Business Insider, Shane Black, the writer of the Lethal Weapon films, believes that Mel Gibson has been blacklisted by Hollywood.
A decade has passed since Mel Gibson was caught speeding on a highway under the influence of alcohol, but it seems that people just can’t seem to move on from the incident. The infamous words of Mel Gibson came as the police officers took him out of his car.
“F***ing Jews… the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”
After the incident, Gibson apologized for what he had said and met with Jewish leaders. In 2007, a judge even praised him for his progress in alcohol rehab. Despite everything, the past never seems to let go of Mel Gibson as he cannot seem to land a role, having starred in very few films since 2006.
Shane Black spoke about Mel Gibson and how he believes he deserves to be forgiven for any of his shortcomings.
“I’ve always been a tremendous fan of Mel Gibson, not just as an actor, but I think he’s a good guy.”
He went on to say that he doesn’t believe that anyone should be held accountable for anything that they say when they’re drunk, which is a view that many people don’t agree with. There are many people who would argue that being affected by alcohol simply lowers someone’s inhibitions, making them feel free to voice opinions that they normally would have kept to themselves.
“So the idea that that’s truly who a person is when he’s had a few, I don’t believe that at all. I just think that’s wrong. I know a lot of great people and they are not necessarily great when they’re drunk. So I don’t trust that.”
Will Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ sequel be just another opportunity for the actor to voice his opinions on Jews?
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