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gip: it's mel!

June 18th, 2009 (08:05 am)
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Gratuitous icon post! A SOUTH PARK quote from their "Imaginationland" episode. And, um, Mel Gibson being crazy. He's a paranoid, bipolar, Jew-hating loon, but by God is he a brilliant filmmaker. I watched APOCALYPTO again last week; like BRAVEHEART, you do not look to it for anything vaguely approaching historical accuracy, but it's a truly magnificent action flick, with gorgeous cinematography and performances.

(Gibson and his co-screenwriter have a commentary on the movie which isn't great, but has some interesting features; Gibson points out local villagers who were cast in various small roles, and mentions their occupations.)

Looking back, the LETHAL WEAPON movies are a remarkable exercise in scene chemistry. Some actors just work off each other amazingly well for some reason. Gibson and Danny Glover are a case in point. I have no idea what their interaction is like in real life, but you couldn't find guys more opposite if you tried. Gibson's an extremely religious paleoconservative who's in church when he's not falling out of rehab or cheating on his (soon to be ex-)wife with everyone from Russian models to whores of every description, while Danny Glover is pretty much a communist who's never met a leftist dictator he didn't cuddle up to.

I kind of want to see them have an argument a conversation about acting and filmmaking, actually.

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Posted by: A large duck (burger_eater)
Posted at: June 18th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
drowned

The only thing I know about Gibson and Glover is this: Glover was asked what he learned from Gibson while they worked on those movies, and Glover said: "How to say 'no' to pussy."

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: June 18th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
mel gibson

Danny Glover gives great quotes. I remember he did one interview years ago where he was asked why he did PREDATOR 2, and his answer was, "When was the last time you saw a black man fight an interplanetary being?"

Several years later, INDEPENDENCE DAY came along, complete with Will Smith punching an alien in the face and resultant box office grosses conclusively proving that audiences indeed had yearned to see just such a thing.

Posted by: tried to eat the safe banana (thefourthvine)
Posted at: June 19th, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
Adult now

Gibson's an extremely religious paleoconservative who's in church when he's not falling out of rehab or cheating on his (soon to be ex-)wife with everyone from Russian models to whores of every description

...Wait, now, what? I admit I haven't been following entertainment news much lately (possibly having a baby had something to do with that), but - what, now? I knew Gibson was a religious whackmobile paleoconservative - it was hard to miss that, with the whole Passion of Christ (add articles as you see fit) thing, but. Rehab? Russian models? Divorce? Are you serious? I mean, I thought somewhere along the line they made you pick: either you could do the drugs and sex, or you could do the extreme religious thing. Not both.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: June 19th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
mel gibson

I thought somewhere along the line they made you pick: either you could do the drugs and sex, or you could do the extreme religious thing. Not both.

Well, when you have PASSION OF THE CHRIST money, you can found your own church, complete with compound, and -- yeah, seriously, Gibson couldn't find a Catholic church hard-core enough for him, so he built one. And pays the priest, and what have you. The church is a little indulgent of his foibles, for some reason.

As for the others: yeah, he recently announced that he has been separated from his wife for three years and she's just filed for divorce. Also, that his girlfriend is a Russian model, whom he has knocked up. This all came out after he and a mystery chick, who turned out to be the Russian model, were photographed on a beach together a while back. Plus, he was hanging out in Costa Rica a lot, and pictures of him getting hammered with lots of attractive young women kept making their occasional way back to the States. This was awkward, because Gibson is an admitted alcoholic who had claimed to be on the wagon for some time.

Then, of course, there was his famous drunk-driving arrest at which he was brought in raving maniacally about the Jews being responsible for all the wars in the world. Awkward PR crisis, even if you leave out the fact that he cursed out a female deputy and called her "sugartits."

TO TOP IT ALL OFF: It's rarely mentioned, but in a years-ago interview Gibson mentioned off-handedly that he's bipolar. This probably does not help him deal well with his many, many other issues.

Anyway, his divorce promises to be interesting. He and his wife Robin have been married through his entire career. Mel is believed to be worth somewhere in the neighborhood of half a billion dollars.

No pre-nup.

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