Mel Gibson's name is neither mentioned nor seen in the HACKSAW RIDGE trailer.
I want to see HACKSAW RIDGE to test my own sense of fairness. Can I separate the Gibson's past mistakes from his current film and give it an honest review? Click on this link to see the trailer: https://youtu.be/sslCRVx7nPQ.
When I had my 30 minute weeknight celebrity talk show on VH1, Mel Gibson was my sole guest for a whole show. LETHAL WEAPON was a box office blockbuster for 1987. He was on my show promoting 1988's TEQUILA SUNRISE. He was funny, charming, forthright, relaxed and appreciative. A joy to have in the studio. He posed for photos with folks on the staff and signed autographs. My second interview of him took place in 1997 when he was top international star and Oscar winner. And he'd changed. He was arrogant and disinterested. Not just to me. I saw other interviewers be subjected to his pompous manner. He was promoting CONSPIRACY THEORY. His arrogance came through in the interview. I was assigned a third interview of him. He was promoting 1998's LETHAL WEAPON 4. By that time, I had no desire to interview him at all. But I had to for work. I really wanted to just slap him repeatedly like he was the Faye Dunaway character in the last 15 minutes of CHINATOWN. The actor/director irritated a couple of network entertainment reporter buddies of mine. Both are true gentlemen. So, I didn't take Gibson's bad manners personally.
By this time, Mel Gibson had made entertainment news with some usual behavior. For instance, saying that no one would ever mistake him for being gay because he was too masculine and didn't "look" gay. Then there were the stories of his drinking. And the reports of his costly divorce, his ignorant comments about Mexicans and his angry anti-Semitic statements. The once-hot Mel Gibson was given the deep freeze by Hollywood -- especially after his anti-Semitic statements.
There was a time when the opening of a big Mel Gibson action movie was the lead story in entertainment news. Did you hear about his big 2012 action movie, GET THE GRINGO? No. That's because Hollywood kicked it to the curb theatrically. It didn't open nationwide in theaters like his action movies used to open. It pretty much went straight to DirecTV.
When casting news broke regarding Cooper and Gaga, I said that Mel Gibson would be a perfect new Norman Maine. And, as we are in new century, the new remake should be anchored in a same-sex Hollywood love story. Have Mel Gibson as a boozing, fading action movie star who discovers and falls in love with a new action movie stuntman who's new acting career will eclipse Maine's flickering stardom. My buddy, author and film historian Ed Sikov, suggested that the new Hollywood discovery should be called Victor Lester (instead of Vicki Lester) and he should by played by Channing Tatum. Yes!
I'd pay to see that in a heartbeat. And it sure would be a heck of a lot more interesting than the sequel to MAGIC MIKE.
HACKSAW RIDGE opens in November. Reportedly, Gibson is working on a sequel to THE PASSION OF CHRIST. That religious take he directed netted $611 million internationally. The sequel will focus on The Resurrection.