Comingsoon.net recently posted a rare, candid interview with the one, the only, Mel Gibson. In the interview, he talks about the peak of his success (Braveheart), his recent static with Joe Eszterhas, and getting back to his roots with films like Get The Gringo.
Personally, I would have loved to see him reprise his role as Mad Max and wouldn’t mind seeing him do another Lethal Weapon, but maybe he thinks he’s getting too old for that sh*t.
Here are some highlights:
Mel on Get The Gringo and its non-theatrcial U.S. release: “I think there’s a lot of different mediums out there right now. Theatrical is fantastic. I don’t think anything will ever replace the big dark room, the screen and the popcorn. You can kind of do it in your home if you have a nice screen, but it’s not the same thing. It did get a theatrical release internationally.”
Mel on Mad Max 4: Fury Road: “We [George Miller] talked about this very project like 10 years ago. I actually wanted to do it, but then what happened was, the budget was nuts. It was crazy. I certainly hope they’ve become more realistic about it.”
Mel on Tom Hardy taking for the “Max” role: “I sat down with the guy and I quite like him. I think he’s a good choice for that.”
Mel on a possible Lethal Weapon 5: “No I think the way things are going with Total Recall, they’ll just remake those somehow. Though it’s really tough to replace Danny. He was so amazing in those things. It was a good gig for us. It worked. But we knew it would.”
Mel on his upcoming viking movie, Berserker: “I believe it’s going forward. I’ve talked to actors and stuff, and there are some good names attached who want to do it. He’s [DiCaprio] pretty busy, so no.”
Mel on working with Joe Eszterhas: “Okay, so a guy gets paid to write a screenplay and doesn’t turn anything in for 14 months. That’s a serious problem. Not even an outline so I lost my nutter with him. I developed a Viking script almost a year after he started and I already had a second draft and he hadn’t even given me an outline. And he was at my home on a working holiday and he didn’t even bring one word. And he never intended to write a script. His whole intention was to set me up somehow.”
To read the full interview, be sure and visit Comingsoon.net.