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The Mel Gibson Bio

The Mel Gibson Review –

by Nate Lee

Best Film:


That's not hard. (Remember, this is about Mel as an actor.) The Mad Max series is a close second, losing not so much in the quality of the films as in the amount that Mel actually contributed to their success. Certainly, Mel was Max, but the idea, and vision was George Miller's.

Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
Man Without a Face (a disfigured man who tutors a young boy, in his directorial debut)
Edge of Darkness (a detective looking into his daughter's death)
Bird on a Wire (in witness protection, opposite Goldie Hawn)
Year of Living Dangerously (a reporter during the 1965 coup in Indonesia)
Tim (early impressive Australian performance as a handyman who loves a much older woman)
The River (farmer, with Sissy Spacek, trying to save the farm from the overflowing river and other threats)
The Mad Max Series (post-apocalyptic cop)
Maverick (inveterate Wild West gambler Bret Maverick, with Jodie Foster and James Garner)
Ransom (Golden Globe-nominated performance as a wealthy father outwitting his son's kidnappers)
Signs (a farmer whose farm is suddenly the locale for mysterious crop circles)
What Women Want (Golden Globe-nominated performance as a macho ad exec who can hear what women are thinking)
The Crazy Mel:
The Lethal Weapon series (detective Martin Riggs, with Danny Glover as his partner, Roger Murtaugh)
Conspiracy Theory (mostly crazy ex-assassin obsessed with Julia Roberts)
Hamlet (the title prince with Glenn Close for a mother and Helena Bonham Carter as Ophelia)
Payback (double-crossed crook looking for revenge)
The Beaver (a toy exec who communicates solely through a beaver puppet)
The Soldier Mr. Gibson:
Braveheart (Oscar and Golden Globe-winning performance as William Wallace)
Patriot (pacifist drawn into the American Revolution to rescue son Heath Ledger)
We Were Soldiers (leader of hopeless stand during Vietnam War)
Gallipoli (Australian soldier at the ill-fated WWI Battle of Gallipoli)
Attack Force Z (Australian soldier during WWII)
Air America (CIA pilot during Vietnam War)
The Bounty (Fletcher Christian, pulled into the mutiny in this version)
The Real Mel Gibson:
Ransom / The directorial efforts

As stated, he's a warrior and a crazy guy, who also seems to be fighting for his children. The real Mel may have trouble, at least when he's drinking, discerning who the enemy is, but a successful independent Hollywood director is ipso facto a warrior and crazy.
Acting Style:
Warrior. Another one of those actors who you would never guess is as little as he is, because he's one big guy onscreen. Unfortunately, because of his personal life's show, it's easy to believe he's as crazy as he acts.
Bits and Quirks:
A marvelous array of quick-moving facial tics and gestures, most often to show either confusion or insanity or both. Also accompany a prolonged stutter. Super bright smile, often with a quick laugh. Quick offhand remarks. Real puppy-dog morose expressions, with limp head. Started out as the strong silent type, with long deep stares. Likes to play a guy getting revenge for something.
Great Scenes:

> The audition with Tina Turner
> The battle in the Thunderdome, and the reveal on the opponent
> Riding backward on the horse in the desert with the big head on him
> Awaking in the land of the children
> Escaping on the train and the battles
> The final conversation with Tina Turner

What Women Want

> Getting caught by his daughter trying on pantyhose
> Hearing Helen Hunt's thoughts on his crotch
> Being marauded by women's thoughts in the park
> The Frank Sinatra routine with the hat


> The poker tournament, not looking at the card
> In the bath next to James Garner, when Jodie Foster strolls in
> Getting hanged in the beginning

Conspiracy Theory

> In the car at the end, watching Julia on horseback
> Drowning Patrick Stewart, the evil doctor
> Explaining everything in the stables > Switching cars in the middle of the bridge
> A variety of the "crazy speeches"