After picking up the top honour at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Mel Gibson talked to Screen about a return to directing, a possible move into television and reuniting with Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner.
Mel Gibson has been back in front of the camera for upcoming action sequel The Expendables 3 and Jean-Francois Richet’s Blood Father, which recently wrapped in New Mexico.
The star touched down in the Eastern European country on the 4th of July in time for the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival opening ceremony. Mel, 58, was being presented with the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema.
The actor wore a blue and white baseball cap on top of his greying hair and a navy and white pin-striped sports shirt, jeans and dark trainers, while opaque shades concealed his eyes from view. Mel handled a small carrying bag and waved to bystanders before ducking into a waiting car.
Mel Gibson has surfaced as having been a lot more popular across the world over the span of his career than his critics would like to believe.
In fact Gibson will be given a lifetime achievement honor at the Karlovy Vary Festival reported The Hollywood Reporter on June 24, 2014. Organizers have said Gibson will be given the Crystal Globe for lifetime achievement when the 49th edition of the central European film festival in the Czech Republic begins next week.
Four years ago, they released the first in a series of ambitious movies each boasting a line-up of iconic action stars. But even in their forties, fifties, and sixties, Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Statham, and the rest of the crew have shown no signs of slowing down.
In the recently released trailer for The Expendables 3, 58-year-old Mel Gibson is revealed as the adversary to the team of veteran action heroes. Gibson is revealed as ruthless arms dealer Conrad Stonebanks, who is determined to destroy the team, but ironically he is revealed as a co-founder of the Expendables.
Speaking ahead of the 20th anniversary of historical epic Gibson,who directed and starred in the Oscar-winning film, said that he was almost seriously injured by a horse. He said:
”There was a horse that nearly killed me. He had a good trick where he did this whole rear-up thing, but he’d also fall backwards, which is a problem if you’ve fallen off first and you’re behind him.
“He did that to me. My stunt double ran in and pulled me out of the way just as the horse fell.”