Mel Gibson: biography
Mel Gibson is a famous Australian and American actor, director, screenwriter and producer. As a director Mel Gibson was nominated for prestigious cinematographic awards "Oscar" and "Golden Globe" for the drama "Braveheart" and the military film "Hacksaw Ridge." In addition to film awards, Mel Gibson also received the status of an honorary officer of the Order of Australia.
Mel Gibson (full name Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson) was born in January 1956, in Peekskill, New York State. He was the 6th child in the family of the Irish Hutton and Anne Gibson. After Mel, another five children were born. The future actor was named in honor of St. Mel. Gibson's parents were Catholics.
When Mel was 10 years old, the family moved to Australia. There, the guy graduated from school and went to Sydney, where he entered a theater high school. The cinema biography of Mel Gibson began in student years. The young actor successfully made his debut in the film "Summer City".
After graduation from the university, Mel Gibson starred in films. In 1979, two films "Tim" and "Mad Max: Fury Road." Both films were successful. Gibson's first works received positive reviews from critics. The actor received his first awards in different nominations. But the world fame came to the actor 3 years later. The second part of the action movie "Mad Max" was released. After this film, Mel Gibson became the Hollywood celebrity. In 1984, a new film "The Bounty" was released. Mel appeared in one of the main roles.
In the early 1990s, Gibson opened his own film company, calling it “Icon Productions”. In these years, he tried himself as a director. The debut film of Mel Gibson became the film "The Man Without a Face." This project wasn’t very successful. But the second film by Gibson was extremely successful. An epic drama about the struggle of the Scots for independence "Braveheart" brought Mel fame. The project received 10 nominations for the Oscar and got 5 of them.
In parallel with the director's career, Gibson continued to star in films. In 1994, the actor played the role of Brat Maverick in the comedy western "Maverick". In 1999, Mel Gibson appeared in the lead role in the crime drama "The Accountant", which was based on the novel "The Hunter" by Richard Stark.
In 2000, Gibson played the main roles in films, which brought popularity to the actor. Mel Gibson appeared in the comedy "What Women Want”. He played the role of Lovelace Nick, who could read women's thoughts.
In the same year, the actor played the leading role in the film "The Patriot", dedicated to the events during the American Revolutionary War.
Mel Gibson's next film project "The Passion of the Christ" was released in 2004 and shocked viewers and critics. The film showed the last 12 hours of the life of Jesus Christ, the memories of Jesus before the crucifixion and the events of people's lives connected with the crucifixion. The main role of Jesus Christ was played by Jim Caviezel, and the role of Mary Magdalene was played by Monica Bellucci.
The film was showed the life of Palestine at the beginning of our era. The Aramaic and Hebrew languages were used. The details of everyday life were extremely accurate. But the director has displayed scenes of cruelty so reliably that not everyone could watch them. The film got negative reviews from critics. But the audience and Pope John Paul II highly appreciated the film. The project was successful at the box office and brought a lot of money to the creators.
The actor publicly supports the views of traditional Catholics. After the release of the film, at the meeting with Catholic fans, the director stated that the author of the film is the Holy Spirit, and Gibson himself was only a conductor of ideas coming from above. Also in the interview for the magazine "New Yorker", the director admitted that he gets signs that any Catholic understands.
One of most successful films by Mel Gibson was "Apocalypto”, released in 2006. Despite the title of the film, it is not a film-catastrophe. This film is a historical epos about the life of the Maya tribe, the period of extinction of the mysterious civilization. The film takes place at the end of the Columbian era, in the 15th century, in Yucatan. All the characters of the film speak the Yucatan language.
In 2010, Gibson again attracted attention to his acting work. Mel played the main role of the investigator in the thriller "Edge of Darkness". The film was a remake of the popular television series of the same name, shot by the BBC channel in 1985. The director and producer of the film were Martin Campbell and Michael Wearing.
In 2012, Gibson worked on the film "Six Days, Seven Nights", although he had previously stated that "Apocalypto" was his last work as a director.
In 2012, the actor played in the action movie "Get the Gringo", where he played a criminal who stole $ 4 million.
In 2013, the actor appeared in the thriller by Robert Rodriguez "Machete Kills". In 2014, he played in the action movie "The Expendables 3", where a lot of famous actors of the past starred.
Mel Gibson is often involved in scandals. It is known, that his father is a traditional Catholic, whose views are marked by extreme conservatism. For example, he called the Second Vatican Council the consequence of a conspiracy of Freemasons with the Jews. Also, he told that the Holocaust was invented by the Zionists. Mel was criticized because of his father's views. But Gibson responded very sharply. It must be said that the actor and director is not always polite with journalists. For example, Gibson said that he was "ready to kill him like a dog”, about the correspondent of the New York Time. About his biographer, he spoke even worse.
In 1984, Gibson was deprived of his driving license because of alcoholic intoxication. As Mel admitted, the addiction to alcohol once almost pushed him to make a suicide. But a few years later, in 2006, the star was again arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Mel Gibson was criticized because of his anti-Semitic statements and homophobia. And he refused to apologize to sexual minorities. Also, the actor confessed his sympathies to traditional Catholics who reject stem cell research.
The first wife of Mel Gibson was Robin Moore. They met in 1980 with the help of a marriage agency. Together, the couple lived until 2009. In this marriage, 7 children were born.
In the spring of 2009, there was information that Mel Gibson and his wife are not together for 3 years. The cause of their break-up was the Russian actress Oksana Grigorieva. In May of the same year, at one of the shows, Gibson announced that soon Grigorieva will give birth to his 8th child. In autumn, Grigorieva gave birth to her daughter Lucia. But the couple broke up. In the spring of 2010, Gibson and Grigorieva officially divorced. The divorce was accompanied by loud scandals.
In the autumn of 2012, tabloids wrote about Gibson's relations with Ashley Cusato, an athlete and stuntman. But the couple broke up.
In September 2015, it became known that Mel Gibson will become a father. 24-year-old Rosalind Ross is was pregnant.
Mel Gibson nowadays
In 2016, Mel Gibson's film was released. The biographical war drama "Hacksaw Ridge" is based on real events. The film tells about Corporal Desmond Doss, a participant of the Second World War. Corporal was the first man, who refused to. He received the highest military award of the United States - Medal of Honor.
According to religious views, Desmond refused to bear arms but the soldier escaped the tribunal and became a military orderly. Doss was asked to volunteer for this position. Desmond Doss rescued fellow soldiers under bullets, not fearing death. The role of corporal in the film was played by Andrew Garfield.
In 2017, Mel Gibson was nominated for the Golden Globe and Oscar for this film. "Hacksaw Ridge" received two "Oscars" for light and sound and got to the top 250 according to the website "IMDb".
- Mad Max
- The Bounty
- The Man Without a Face (director)
- Braveheart (director)
- The Passion of the Christ (director)
- Apocalypto (director)
- Hacksaw Ridge (director)
- The Patriot
- The Accountant
- Edge of Darkness