You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Mel Gibson Talks Return to Directing, Shia LaBeouf, Vikings at Karlovy Vary (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Mel Gibson Talks Return to Directing, Shia LaBeouf, Vikings at Karlovy Vary (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Mel Gibson came to Karlovy Vary to accept the festival’s life achievement award. He welcomed some 3000 cheering fans at an outdoor screening of "Mad Max," the film that made him a star, and gave a Master Class to another packed theater. Clearly, they still love him in the Czech Republic, even if he is still getting the cold shoulder from much of Hollywood.

We sat down for a twenty minute talk on the flipcam. He’s funny, humble, candid and honest about what the downside of being a movie star can be. Clearly, Gibson could borrow a page from Ben Affleck, who redeemed the bomb "Gigli" and tabloid overexposure with Jennifer Lopez by building a career as a respected director–and eventual Oscar-winner. Clearly Gibson could build more good will –after a series of hideous PR setbacks, not improved by Gary Oldman’s Playboy interview defense of him –by reminding people what a good director he is, even as he continues to support his fan base with B-movies like "Blood Father," "Machete Kills" and "Get the Gringo," which he wrote and produced.

I pressed Gibson a bit on why he doesn’t go ahead and self-finance another directing effort. He has dug in his heels about not doing that. While his non-stop action film "Apocalypto," which his "Mad Max" director George Miller wants to outdo on "Fury Road," didn’t make money, his modestly budgeted $30-million "The Passion of the Christ" made him millions. No, Gibson wants decent budgets from the studios or from foreign sales pre-buys, he says.

But Hollywood no longer goes for period adventures like "Braveheart," his Best Picture and Director Oscar-winner. Luckily, Gibson is still involved with foreign sales company Icon, and he is willing to talk to the cable companies, who may be more receptive to his Viking and Maccabee projects. 

And like Harrison Ford before him, Gibson was easily talked into starring in "Expendables 3" by the seductive Sly Stallone. He says he had a blast doing it. Video below. 

This Article is related to: Video and tagged , , , , , , ,


Comments

Graeme

Mel is awsome! Such a career! We are all a little bit racist, And no one will admit it! Mel was caught and as he’s in the public eye. I love Mel, and his movies! Hope he is back soon

Jeff

Mel is the same jerk he always was, he doesn’t learn from his mistakes. The only thing Mel Gibson is an example of is a man who was raised by a father who denied the Holocaust ever happened and taught his son to hate. Combine that with drugs and alcohol and you have a rage-filled monster. He’s no martyr or victim. He’s unrepentant, he puts on a charming act because he knows he needs to. And Whoopi Goldberg takes the side of any celebrity, no matter what they’ve done. She’s still defending Bill Cosby and he now has 42 accusers. They can’t ALL be lying. Mel is still a mess and anyone who works with him should be prepared for the backlash from decent people.

GregorytheGreat

Who ever said the Jews don’t run Hollywood. That is a complete lie and Mel Gibson is the example of the decadence of the Jewish subculture in the area of sodomy and perversion onto the world. Gibson is the Martyr for Catholics who the Jewish Culture has been at war since Christ’s glorious Resurrection 2000 years ago. Bravo Mel

rich

I think your one of the most talented directors/actor in the buisness.
Looking forward to the Vikings flick

Chris

No, Mr. Hollywood, some of us would gladly pay to see any new efforts by Mr Gibson. Yes, the guy has his demons but let he who is without sin cast the first stone. I don’t even think he’s as bad as they say. I doubt Whoopi Goldberg, Jodie Foster (who’s a lesbian), or Danny Glover would continue to support Mel if he really was a misogynist, anti-Semitic racist. He’s been spanked. He took his lumps, he took them like a man. Now shut up and let the guy get back to what he does best – make good films.

ALP again

"Once again, another Ann Thompson interview with bad sound quality, which she would not tolerate in a film that she was reviewing"…. Best comment ever. How Anne equates Ben Affleck’s former crappy acting choices with Mel’s still-current inner demons is mind-boggling. Glad she’s on Indiewire and off the streets.

ALP

Hey Sunny Watson, that sure is a great list there you mentioned. And the logic of your last sentence is awesome! Also, Mel’s heyday is over. He knows it, and he’s imploding. O, the irony: his implosion makes great entertainment! Pass the popcorn.

Sunny Watson

Mel Gibson is an amazing director, producer and actor. He always put his heart and passion into his work. With his movies, he has the unique ability to awaken all of ones senses. He is truly a remarkable man and he just wants to make the thing he is incredible at. Those who stops him are people jealous of his abilities and tries to hide behind bad excuses.

To those who always want to trash him; you are just slaves to the media. If you have a mind of your own, then try to use it.

His closest friend is Jodie Foster, who is lesbian and a woman.

His long time colleague and friend is Danny Glover, who is black.

His devotion to long time colleague movie director Richard Donner, who is jewish.

His movies are collaborated with a huge amount of people that are jews, and he has also made donations to charities that are jewish.

The movie industry in Hollywood is to blame and not Mel. Before the release of "The Passion of the Christ" people judged him, harassed him, called him bad things until he finally couldn’t take it anymore. Off course the media who doesn’t even know the person starts to BS him to make money. Don’t tell me that you never have said bad things to somebody who provokes you.

His closest friend is Jodie Foster, who is lesbian and a woman.

His long time colleague and friend is Danny Glover, who is black.

His devotion to long time colleague movie director Richard Donner, who is jewish.

His movies are collaborated with a huge amount of people that are jews, and he has also made donations to charities that are jewish.

The movie industry in Hollywood is to blame and not Mel. Before the release of "The Passion of the Christ" people were fast to judged him, harassed him, called him bad things until he finally couldn’t take it anymore. Off course the media who doesn’t even know the person starts to BS him to make money. Don’t tell me that you never have said bad things to somebody who provokes you.

Mel Gibson fan

Sure is JIDF in here

Hamilton

He doesn’t have as much money as people might think he does, which is why he can’t self-finance. He’s put a lot of his properties on the market, trying to become more liquid. And he’s been offered funding from the Russian mob, who have no problem with him. But insurance is still a problem, companies don’t want to insure him, he’s proven to be too volatile for them, he’s too much of a risk. His other problem is that he hasn’t learned from his mistakes, he still holds the same beliefs that he did years ago, eg., that Jews are to blame for everything and it’s OK to abuse women. The man is filled with hate and rage, and that hasn’t changed. Sure, he can turn on the charm in an interview, but when the camera is off, he’s still a monster. I’ll never pay to see anything he’s in. I can’t even watch his old films now, he’s just too disgusting.

Henry Luciano

Not having seen anything new with Mel Gibson and missing seeing him doing anything new on film, I did a search and found this interview. Although poor in quality, it is a brilliant look at who the real Mel Gibson is. I truly believe what I was listening to and watching was total honesty. And like he stated, I believe he can either live with or without the studios. I’ve been on the edges of the music industry and it’s mostly about "who you know".. Well, he’s been there-done that. So I think Mel can do just about anything he wants for the rest of his life. He has had too many great accomplishments to have to justify his talent on screen or directing. What the media chooses to promote for magazine sales,…Well we all have are inner battles. So I wish him well. And until I can see him once again in a movie, his older movies will have to suffice… Whatever he does next that he sinks his creative, talented mind into, will be fantastico! Best of regards Mel, HJ

Wallace

Let him make Berserker. Braveheart and Apocalypto were very good. Just because he’s emotional and has problem’s like the rest of us you hold it against him? He is human ffs. If anything that adds emotional knowledge to characters in a story. I don’t expect Mel to be a perfect human being, but I do expect him to be an amazing director.

Clem

Mel is the most talented actor and director around.

MeMyselfand I

I always loved Mel as an actor and I think Apocalypto was a brilliant movie that is a metoaphor for the very times we live in. I'm not a conservative or religious so I passed on "The Passion of the Christ" Seeing him in this interview he somehow reminds me a tad of the character he played in the movie he did with Julia Roberts 'Conspiracy Theory". I wish him well in overcoming his demons, be it alcoholism or wrestling with bigoted beliefs.

Behn Chod

Mel Gibson's Jesus movie was called "The Passion of the Christ" – the movie you refer to "The Last Temptation of Christ" was a Martin Scorcese film …

chandler windham

No intelligent black or Latino person that has self respect should see anything Gibson is associated with! If you want to hear my in depth reasoning on this please check out my blog on the subject at the peoples mic. blogspot. com – I promise you will not get anything like this spoon-fed, soft shell crab crap you just read….sigh*

Frank Kelly

I'd love to see Mel Gibson's Viking movie. I remember reading an interview years ago where he mentioned it, but never happened, glad he's still thinking about it!

a

Ben Affleck dated Jennifer Lopez. Mel Gibson is a racist. Don't get the comparison.

Anne Thompson

Agree with you about the studios. I'm afraid Gibson wouldn't get away with crowd-funding–many fans would happily support him, but he can't afford the inevitable blowback. He's wealthier than Spike Lee and Zach Braff–and they got grief. He must not be able to raise the level of budget he wants from foreign sales, so cable is the way to go. My reading of him is that he wants to feel supported by the studios, to not have to do it himself. And that he wants to be forgiven and allowed to do what he does best. But looking to the studios for recognition and approval is not the answer, methinks. They're not there for him, at least not right now. He's on his own. He should go forward.

tyler4all

I think part of the reason that studios don't wanna back a Mel Gibson-project is because they only back franchises now. They don't wanna back actors. Look at Transformers, the biggest money making franchise in recent history. Shia Lebouf was the lead and now it's Mark Wahlberg. Has it affected the box office? not one bit. Studios don't like actors being in control. That's why they like franchises so much. They can plug anyone into a starring role.
Thanks for the interview, Anne. Great hearing from him. He should crowd-fund, tho. I bet he has such a big fanbase, he could finance his next project through a kickstarter or indiegogo.

Mr. Hollywood

Glad that Mel is over in the Czech Republic … FAR FAR away from Hollywood. A suggestion: just move there permanently Mel. You are done in Hollywood. An alcoholic anti Semite who hates women. Nobody wants to see you anymore. No one wants to pay a penny to go to one of your worthless movies. Goodbye

No

Once again, another Ann Thompson interview with bad sound quality, which she would not tolerate in a film that she was reviewing

mac

The guy is a human being at the end of the day . Hes got issues some of them are pretty ugly alcoholism and his father are the reasons he is who he is . Thats not to say he couldnt have got help but if its kept behind closed doors and kept under the raidar by pr folks and agents then whose to know . Well now the world knows and hes having to try and rebuild where he can . hollywood as an industry are as much to blame for creating and or feeding these monsters they are not blameless . Its time to stop lashing out at gibson and time for folk like joe esterhausen to give it a rest . They are not helping this situation.

Vincent

Hey you may want to make a correction. Mel Gibson made The Passion of the Christ, not The Last Lie about Christ. I guess that saying about they all look alike applies to movies made about Jesus….NOT! Yeah I got that title right too. It should have been called "The Last Lie About Christ". Hollywood could get it right if they asked some who actually knows The Bible about The a Bible. You are forgiven! :^)

Pingback: URL

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *