Australian actor Eric Bana credits Mel Gibson with smashing down the door to Hollywood and paving the way for screen stars from Down Under.
Gibson, who was born in America but grew up in Australia, became a major star in Tinseltown with his role in the Mad Max franchise, and he cemented his place with the Lethal Weapon movies and a double Oscars win for his 1996 blockbuster Braveheart.
Several Australians, including Bana, followed him into a Hollywood career, and the Hulk star is convinced Gibson is the man all actors from Down Under have to thank.
The Expendables movies have never been known for their excellent attention to detail, their well paced plotlines, or stellar performances from the aging stars, but one thing they have always, consistently provided is action.
Exploding cars, ten minute punch ups, white-hot-cartridges-falling-from-helicopter-miniguns kind of action; the same kind that was so prevalent in the 80s, before everyone realised it was all a bit silly and upped their production values.
A dynamic new lead and an epic-scale chase will be at the center of the new "Mad Max" reboot, as Australian director George Miller reignites his explosive action thriller franchise as the fight for survival in the wasteland rages on.
"Mad Max: Fury Road," the fourth installment of the "Mad Max" franchise that began in 1979 with Mel Gibson in the lead role, saw a post-apocalypse dystopian Australia where police officer Max Rockatansky battles hardened criminals of the outback.
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.