In the 80s and 90s, Mel Gibson was a Hollywood superstar. Cool sex symbol, the Australian actor then went behind the camera with the huge success Braveheart but also with his very controversial film The passion of Christ in 2004. His anti-Jewish remarks coupled with severe alcohol and mental health issues brought about his downfall. But after years in the closet, the Australian actor and director has managed to rebuild his reputation in the Hollywood industry.
Raised among ultra-conservative Catholics, he lives a bad boy adolescence. It was his sister who enrolled him in the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney when he was a teenager because he had no real goal. He is not sure if he wants to become an actor! Still a student, the young Mel landed a very small role in a film with an equally small budget but which allows us to show his natural game at the same time as his handsome physique. And 3 years later, in 1979, Mel Gibson is 23 years old and explodes in the role of violent avenger madmax by George Miller. The success of Mad Max 2 will then be resounding in the United States. But soon enough, success had repercussions on his private life and the actor takes refuge in alcohol. Mad Max 3 allows him to become more and more bankable but his relationship to fame continues to cause him problems and Mel sinks deeper into alcohol. It was his wife who convinced him to go and live on a ranch in Australia with their 4 children to raise cattle and get away from Hollywood at the same time.
2 years later, we are in 1987 and Gibson signs his return with The lethal Weapon and with this movie, the establishment of the buddy moviein which he shares the duet with Danny Glover with whom he gets along wonderfully. A diametrically opposed duo as in its time Gérard Depardieu and Pierre Richard, and which will experience phenomenal success.
Next, he will create his own production company and offer themselves other roles. His film Braveheart scoops 5 Oscars. In 2004, he decided to make The passion of Christ, whose scenario will be accused of anti-Semitism but despite the criticisms, the film will be a resounding success.
What follows will be quite sad: Mel Gibson is diagnosed with bipolar. He was arrested for drunk driving in 2006 and holds slanderous remarks about jews, holding them “responsible for all the wars in the world.” His public apology will not change anything: his fate in Hollywood is sealed, and his wife leaves him. Blacklistednor the brilliant realization of his film apocalypso in 2006 nor her role in the Jodie Foster film The beaver complex in 2011 will not change the situation. On the other hand the year 2016 marks its return with its 5th film You will not kill which is a big commercial success and which sees the film nominated 6 times at the Oscars and rewarded 2 times.
La Trois offers you a complete portrait of Mel Gibson this Sunday, January 8 at 8:35 p.m. followed by the film madmax.