50 Facts About Mel Gibson

1. On July 25, 1997, Mel Gibson was named an honorary Officer of the Order of Australia, in recognition of his "service to the Australian film industry".

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2. Mel Gibson quietly declined the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government in 1995 as a protest against France's resumption of nuclear testing in the Southwest Pacific.

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3. In 1985, Mel Gibson was named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by People, the first person to be named so.

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4. At a May 2007 progress hearing, Mel Gibson was praised for his compliance with the terms of his probation and his extensive participation in a self-help program beyond what was required.

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5. On July 28, 2006, Mel Gibson was arrested by Sheriff's Deputy James Mee of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for driving under the influence while speeding in his vehicle with an open container of alcohol, which is illegal in California.

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6. Mel Gibson took more time off acting in 1991 and sought professional help.

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7. Mel Gibson retreated to his Australian farm for over a year to recover, but he continued to struggle with drinking.

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8. Mel Gibson was banned from driving in Ontario, Canada for three months in 1984, after rear-ending a car in Toronto while under the influence of alcohol.

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9. Mel Gibson revealed in a 2016 interview with Jorge Ramos that he voted for neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton in the 2016 United States presidential election.

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10. In 2006, Mel Gibson said that the "fearmongering" depicted in his film Apocalypto "reminds me a little of President Bush and his guys.

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11. Mel Gibson said that the Rhodes Scholarship was established for young men and women who want to strive for a "new world order" and this was a campaign for Marxism.

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12. Mel Gibson is a supporter of Angels at Risk, a nonprofit organization focusing on education about drug and alcohol abuse among teens.

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13. Mel Gibson met with Costa Rican President Oscar Arias to discuss how to "channel the funds".

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14. Mel Gibson inserted a single frame of himself smoking a cigarette into the 2005 teaser trailer of Apocalypto.

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15. Mel Gibson is a property investor, with multiple properties in Malibu, California, several locations in Costa Rica, a private island in Fiji, and properties in Australia.

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16. Mel Gibson obtained a restraining order against Grigorieva on June 25, 2010.

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17. At the time, Robyn was a dental nurse and Mel Gibson was an unknown actor working for the South Australian Theatre Company.

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18. Mel Gibson met Robyn Denise Moore in the late 1970s, soon after filming Mad Max, in Adelaide.

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19. In May 2018, it was announced that Mel Gibson would be directing a WWII film titled Destroyer.

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20. In early November 2016, Mel Gibson revealed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that the sequel's title will be Resurrection.

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21. In June 2016, Mel Gibson announced that he will reunite with Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace to make a sequel for The Passion of the Christ, focusing on the resurrection of Jesus.

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22. Mel Gibson explained that he was drawn to the Biblical account of the uprising due to its similarity to the American Old West genre.

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23. In 2011, it was announced that Mel Gibson had commissioned a screenplay from Joe Eszterhas about the Maccabees.

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24. Mel Gibson has expressed an intention to direct a movie set during the Viking Age, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

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25. Mel Gibson starred in The Beaver, a domestic drama about a depressed alcoholic directed by former Maverick co-star Jodie Foster.

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26. Mel Gibson received further critical acclaim for his directing of the 2006 action-adventure film Apocalypto.

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27. Mel Gibson received two Academy Awards, Best Director and Best Picture, for his second directorial effort.

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28. In 1995, Mel Gibson directed, produced, and starred in Braveheart, a biographical film of Sir William Wallace, a Scottish nationalist who was executed in 1305 for "high treason" against King Edward I of England.

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29. Mel Gibson compared working with Scofield to being "thrown into the ring with Mike Tyson".

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30. Mel Gibson made the unusual transition from action to classical drama, playing William Shakespeare's Danish prince in Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet.

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31. Mel Gibson moved into more mainstream commercial filmmaking with the popular action comedy series Lethal Weapon, which began with the 1987 original.

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32. Mel Gibson has further praised Anthony Hopkins's performance as Lieutenant William Bligh as the best aspect of the film.

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33. Mel Gibson possesses both the necessary talent and the screen presence.

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34. Mel Gibson played a naive but ambitious journalist opposite Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hunt in Peter Weir's atmospheric 1982 film The Year of Living Dangerously, based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Koch.

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35. Mel Gibson thought the audience needed someone to relate to of their own time.

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36. Mel Gibson had Mark Lee, the angelic-looking, ideal Australian kid, and he wanted something of a modern sensibility.

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37. Mel Gibson directed a few episodes of Complete Savages for the ABC network.

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38. In September 2002, Mel Gibson announced that he would direct a film called The Passion in Aramaic and Latin with no subtitles because he hoped to "transcend language barriers with filmic storytelling.

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39. Mel Gibson has credited his directors, particularly George Miller, Peter Weir, and Richard Donner, with teaching him the craft of filmmaking and influencing him as a director.

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40. In October 2010, it was reported that Mel Gibson would have a small role in The Hangover: Part II, but he was removed from the film after the cast and crew objected to his involvement.

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41. Mel Gibson has produced a number of projects for television, including a biopic on The Three Stooges and the 2008 PBS documentary Carrier.

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42. Mel Gibson has taken supporting roles in some of these films, such as The Million Dollar Hotel and The Singing Detective.

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43. In 2010, Mel Gibson appeared in Edge of Darkness, which marked his first starring role since 2002 and was an adaptation of the BBC miniseries, Edge of Darkness.

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44. Mel Gibson served as the speaking and singing voice of John Smith in Disney's Pocahontas.

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45. Mel Gibson earned his first million dollar salary for playing Max Rockatansky for the third time, in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985.

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46. Mel Gibson joined the cast of the World War II action film Attack Force Z, which was not released until 1982 when Gibson had become a bigger star.

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47. Mel Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York, the sixth of eleven children, and the second son of Hutton Gibson, a writer, and Irish-born Anne Patricia.

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48. Mel Gibson received further critical notice for his directorial work of the action-adventure film Apocalypto, which is set in Mesoamerica during the early 16th century.

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49. Mel Gibson moved with his parents to Sydney, Australia, when he was 12 years old, and studied acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, where he starred opposite Judy Davis in Romeo and Juliet.

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50. Mel Gibson is best known for his action hero roles, namely his breakout role as Max Rockatansky in the first three films in the Mad Max post-apocalyptic action series, and as Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon buddy cop film series.

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