october 15, 2015
Mel Gibson was seen for the first time on Tuesday afternoon as principal photography continued on the set of new World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge.
The 59-year old was surrounded by members of his production team while directing the forthcoming film, which is based on the true story of conscientious objector Desmond T Doss.
Stationed in the middle of a rain soaked field outside Sydney, Gibson looked intense while handing out instructions to the small group gathered behind him during a short break between scenes.
Elsewhere a range of period army wagons, jeeps and tanks lined up in a nearby clearing before being called into action.
Hacksaw Ridge will be Gibson’s fifth directorial offering after the mixed critical and commercial successes of The Man Without A Face, Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto.
The New York born actor and director returned to New South Wales - where he spent much of his early life - in July as he prepared to shoot his latest creative venture.
'I'm so glad to be here again, working here again, bumping into people I've known for years, decades, again... and moving forward - it's been great,' he said during a press conference at Sydney's Fox Studios.
'It gives me a particular giggle,' he said. 'I kicked off over 35 years ago here (and) I feel like I've picked up the thread where I left off since last I worked here.'
Starring The Amazing Spider-Man's Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge is based on the true story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss, who saved 75 men in Okinawa in World War II without ever firing a gun.
'It's about a man who wouldn't touch a weapon and wanted to be part of saving lives in the worst place on earth. I mean Okinawa was an horrific place... there were over 300,000 casualties, mostly civilian,' he said.
Hacksaw Ridge is expected to be completed towards the end of 2016.