Thursday, July 4, 2013
Mel Gibson, THE PATRIOT
My review of The Patriot when I was the entertainment editor on Lifetime Live, the ABC News/Lifetime TV co-production that aired weekday afternoons on Lifetime Television:
"It took Mel Gibson a little over two and half hours to play a Minute Man."
And just where did that colonial family manage to find a Laura Ashley store?
As the film critic on Lifetime Live, that element in the movie didn't work for me. The director should've made adjustments. Times have changed its release. Remember when summertime meant the release of a big new Mel Gibson action movie? Then Mel Gibson was heard making racial slurs and anti-Semitic remarks. He insulted more groups than Paula Deen did. His last big action movie, Get the Gringo, didn't even get nationwide release in 2012. It pretty much went straight to DIRECTV on Demand and DVD.
Wow. Back in 1991, Gibson irritated people with comments he made that were quoted in the Spanish newspaper, El Pais. He made a tasteless comment in public about gay men that was followed by "...who's going to think I'm gay? It would be hard to take me for someone like that."
Here's Mel Gibson in the 1979 Australian drama, Tim, co-starring Piper Laurie.
And there you have it. Happy 4th of July. I hope you see fireworks tonight.