In Talks To Direct ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

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Deadline.com brought the exclusive (and exciting) news below!

Mel Gibson is in talks to take on directing duties on Hacksaw Ridge, based on the true story of Desmond T Doss, the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Andrew Garfield is also in discussions to play the lead role.

Doss was a U.S. Army medic who served in World War II during the Battle of Okinawa and refused to kill. President Truman awarded him the Medal of Honor for saving so many lives.

This is not a done deal yet, and Deadline understands that talks are moving forward delicately and slowly. If Gibson does step back into the director’s chair, the subject matter would seem to suit his tastes to a tee. Throughout his career in front of and behind the camera, Gibson has shown an abiding fascination with protagonists prepared to suffer for their principles but ultimately prevailing over hardship.

Hacksaw Ridge, if it happens, would seem to offer a return to the type of emotional terrain Gibson explored to such success in previous directorial efforts Braveheart and Passion Of The Christ. The project would reunite him with Braveheart scribe Randall Wallace, who co-wrote the script with Robert Schenkkan and had been attached to direct.

2006’s Apocalypto was the last film Gibson directed.

The project is being led by producer Bill Mechanic (Coraline) through his Pandemonium banner, with David Permut (Face Off), Terry Benedict (The Death Of Reasonable Doubt), Steve Longi (Youth In Revolt) and Gregory Crosby on board as producers. Walden Media has also been developing the project.

Gibson most recently starred in Expendables 3 and is in post on Jean-Francois Richet’s Blood Father, in which he plays an ex-con reunited with his 16-year-old daughter who must protect her from drug dealers trying to kill her.

Source: Deadline

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Mel Thought His Irish ‘Braveheart’ Extras Were A Bunch of Smartasses

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He might not have been wrong either…

This is what Hollywood actor Mel Gibson had to say about the 1,500 members of the Irish Defence Forces who played his army in the Oscar winning battle movie Braveheart.

As part of our series on the 20th anniversary of the film’s production in Ireland, last week we showed you what it was like for the extras on set every day. This week, we’ve got some insights from the high-profile actors from the movie themselves about the filming in Ireland as well as a now retired Colonel who was charged with taking care of the soldiers and keeping them in line.

Smartasses

In an interview with TheJournal.ie, Colonel Pearse McCorely said the young men who took part in the film were “really great” and came from all over the country and from a variety of different professions. “They had a difficult time – it was hard work, they were up early in the morning, working long hours and it was boring for them at times.”

You may be wondering, if they were so great, why did Gibson think they were a load of “smartasses”? McCorley explained that early on in the shooting, all the men were lined up for some shooting.

He might not have been wrong, if the interviews with some of the extras are anything to go by.

This lad is definitely our favourite:
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I’m enjoying myself anyway. I’d stay here the whole time, I might leave altogether, you know, I might be Mel Gibson’s bodyguard…

Best Extras Ever

Despite their messing, several people involved in he film have commented on how well disciplined the extras were, including actor Alun Armstrong, who played the Earl of Mornat:

These must be the best extras I’ve ever worked with, they should have an award for being extras. They’re just so self-disciplined. You look at the hillside and there’s nobody there and you turn away for a couple of minutes and chat and you turn back and suddenly there are 1500 guys there, it’s just unbelievable.

Though there was just a handful of injuries on the set, there were a number of small issues that Colonel McCorley had to work through on behalf of his men.

“Initially, it was very hot and there were a few fellas who suffered from dehydration – though maybe one or two of them had decided to go out the night before,” he said. “So, we actually opened up facilities at the Curragh Rugby Club to make something available. We also started organising water to be brought out.”

There were some issues with showers and with the men being hungry during the long days of shooting but the Colonel said there were meetings every night where any issues could be brought up with the production team and they were quickly addressed.

During the filming, one cause of tension among the men was the terms of the contract as the men were led to believe they would have some weekends off but the nature of the filming meant shooting often ran over.

“It was a result of that that I marched them off the set once,” McCorley told TheJournal.ie. “I said to Mel Gibson: “Look, we’ve given you a number of times to finish this and I turned around and gave the order and 28 platoons marched off the set.'”

Mel Gibson’s mouth dropped. He couldn’t say anything.

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But in hindsight, he said he can see now the immense strain the actor must have been working under during the filming, as there were rumours the initial rushes from the film were not being well received in Hollywood.

“He was under a lot of pressure,” he said. “He had invested his own money and he was producing – he was under severe strain.”

Full Frontal

Another issue a small number of the young men had occurred on the day McCorley decided to bring his wife on the set, not knowing which scenes were being shot that day.

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I was wondering why all the ladies from wardrobe were around that particular day. On my way to the set I saw seven or eight fellows lingering and I called the sergeant major and said “Get them back on set, what’s wrong with them?” He came back to me and he said “Sir they are conscientious objectors, they won’t expose their arses”. He explained to me what the scene was and I said if the didn’t want to do it that was fair enough – the majority of them did obviously.

The men who were involved were not going to let Mel Gibson get away with it so easily, however. When he decided to sit in the director’s chair for the full frontal kilt lift, the extras started shouting at him to come down and join them, which he eventually did.

“The only reason hew was in that scene is because the lads got onto him about it,” McCorley laughed.

If you’re interested in learning more, watch part two of the Defence Force’s documentary behind the scenes of the filming and look out for the noble attempt at a pyramid.

Source: TheJournal.ie

Kenny Wayne Shepherd ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Mel’s son-in-law, blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

The social media campaign has gone viral over the last two months to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. You may have seen your friends, relatives, coworkers as well as celebrities participate in donating and sharing videos of themselves taking on the challenge.

For more information, please visit ALSA.org to learn more about ways you may contribute to helping others who suffer from this disease, their caretakers and researchers. If you’re able to donate to their research efforts and services, please do so. Many blessings to you!

EX3 Interview on Good Morning America

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The cast of Expendables 3 sat down with ABC’s Cameron Mathison for an interview.

We guess his chair was expendable! During a Monday interview with “Good Morning America,” Mel Gibson broke his seat on while promoting his new film, “The Expendables 3.” And, no, it wasn’t out of anger.

The 58-year-old actor was talking about the arms dealer he plays in the film, Conrad Stonebanks, when he leaned back in his chair and it suddenly collapsed. Gibson stood bolt upright, along with co-star Sylvester Stallone, who then allowed the actor to use his lap as a seat.

“And I’ve lost weight, too!” Gibson quipped.

The Oscar winner did in fact change his physique for “The Expendables 3,” the third installment in the franchise about a seasoned group of buff mercenaries that includes Stallone, Antonio Banderas, Terry Crews, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes and Dolph Lundgren, among others.

Gibson told USA Today in 2013 that he worked out for months with a personal trainer three times a week for three hours each day to get in shape. He also changed his diet, substituting pasta, sugar and potatoes for green vegetables and fish.

“Some people say, ‘It’s inconceivable, how can he do that?'” Gibson said. “Well I have always had that body type to do that.”

The Aussie actor admitted that he had never worked out that much before, but that his pants had started to fit better as a result.

“It’s kind of getting rid of the middle-aged tire and sort of promoting circulation, aerobic exercise and blood flow circulation, stuff like that,” he said. “I have been working really hard at it.”

And he didn’t do it just to fit into his pants.

“I just want Sly [Stallone] to look good,” Gibson explained. “And he’s not going to look good if he’s beating up a fat old man.”

So all you chairs out there, watch your backs (and your seats)!

Source: Yahoo! / ABC

Gallery Update: ‘The Expendables III’ Photocall at Cannes

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Thanks to Zimbio, I’ve uploaded photos to the gallery of Mel, Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, and fellow stars of The Expendables III appeared at the Cannes Film Festival.

Mel’s rocking a huge beard – giving me ‘Passion of the Christ’ promo vibes. Happy to see him in great spirits. Hopefully more to come. Enjoy!

‘Mad Max': 25 Things You Didn’t Know

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“It’s that rat circus out there, I’m beginning to enjoy it. Look, any longer out on that road and I’m one of them, a terminal psychotic, except that I’ve got this bronze badge that says that I’m one of the good guys.”

And so we were introduced to the ticking time bomb of fury that is Mel Gibson, at least on screen, in “Mad Max.”

Released 35 years ago this week (on April 12, 1979), George Miller’s film about a near-future cop who turns vigilante when a biker gang kills his partner and his family, made an international star out of Gibson, made Miller an A-list director, and helped put the new wave of Australian cinema on the world map. It also launched a franchise that continues to this day; next year, Miller will finally release the long-gestating “Mad Max: Fury Road,” with Tom Hardy taking over as Max.

While the original “Mad Max” has been an action favorite for decades, there are still some things you may not know about it — the sources of Miller’s inspiration, the truth behind Gibson’s oft-told audition story, the not-entirely-legal methods used to keep the budget low, or the crazy and dangerous stunts that endangered cast and crew alike. Read on to learn the truth behind “Mad Max” lore, and remember: “Speed’s just a question of money. How fast you wanna go?”

1. Before he became a film director, George Miller was an emergency room doctor. It was largely through his medical earnings that he was able to finance “Mad Max.”

2. Miller’s ER work, much of which was spent tending to car accident victims, was also one of the chief inspirations for the movie’s vehicular mayhem.

3. The main character, Max Rockatansky, is apparently named after Carl von Rokitansky, a 19th-century Viennese physician who developed the modern autopsy procedure.

4. Another inspiration was the 1975 movie “A Boy and His Dog,” starring Don Johnson as an anti-hero in a post-apocalyptic landscape marked by fierce competition over scarce resources.

5. Yet another influence was 1974’s “Stone,” an Australian movie that blended the motorcycle-gang movie with the murder mystery. Hugh Keays-ByrneRoger Ward, and Vincent Gil, who all played bikers in “Stone,” would go on to play similar roles in “Mad Max.”

Check out the full list at Movefone.com.