Monday, November 12, 2012
Mel Gibson as James Bond
It's Monday. I was listening to the Bay Area-based morning program, "The Monty Show," on KGO Radio. The energetic and intelligent host raved about the new James Bond adventure, Skyfall. "You've got to see it," he urged. The movie raked in $87.8 million over the weekend at U.S. and Canadian box offices. Monty reported that fact and added, "It earned it." Not bad for a franchise that could now receive AARP Magazine. Actor Daniel Craig helped prove that the movie 007 franchise is fabulous at 50.
Talk about irony. Today, Hollywood seems to be bored with Mel Gibson. Did you know he had a big 2012 summer release action movie? Some movie critics actually liked Get the Gringo and wrote that his wise-ass crook in a Mexican prison character was entertaining -- like his 1999 character in Payback. But Mel couldn't escape the bad press generated by his rude outbursts that turned him into a modern-day Norman Maine from A Star Is Born with Hollywood insiders and audiences. A Mel Gibson action movie didn't open big on screens nationwide over the summer. Instead, it went straight to DirecTV.