If you’re watching “True Detective,” it’s hard to buy that Vince Vaughn’s performance as crooked Vinci ringleader Frank Semyon could put the defibrillators on his career. The actor, long known for his goofy comic turns, postures a faux-seriousness that whiffs of Matthew McConaughey’s brooding season one turn, and a face that says, “I’m thinking about Emmys.” (When “Delivery Man” opened in 2013, we called him a “toxic comedian” who “has burned many smart moviegoers over the years.”)
But Vaughn clearly wants to buff his dramatic chops. After “True Detective,” he will usher into Mel Gibson’s World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge,” Deadline reports. He’s set to star opposite Andrew Garfield and Sam Worthington in Gibson’s first film since 2006’s “Apocalypto.” Distributed by Lionsgate, “Hacksaw” will shoot in Australia.
Beginning in South Carolina, the fact-based film follows the soldiers of of the 307th Infantry, 77th Army Division, 1st Battalion, Company B. Garfield plays soldier turned conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss. Drafted in 1942, Doss refused to bear arms and eventually became a medic. He won the Medal of Honor in 1945 for aiding 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa, yanking wounded men from enemy lines and sustaining critical injuries while unarmed.
Vaughn is set to play Sergeant Howell, an officer from Alabama, readying the soldiers for battle with punishing methods who is also nurturing.
The $45 million film was originally at Disney with Randall Wallace,
director of earnest Gibson-starring Vietnam War film “We Were Soldiers” (2002),
attached, before landing back in Gibson’s lap. Last
year at Karlovy Vary, Gibson told us why he wouldn’t self-finance
another directorial effort, instead opting for decent studio budgets or
foreign sales pre-buys (which he landed for “Hacksaw”). His last
film, non-stop actioner “Apocalypto,” didn’t make money whereas his
modestly scaled $30 million “Passion of the Christ” made millions.