october 25, 2016
Dick clark productions announced today that Academy Award winning actor, writer and director Mel Gibson will be honored with the "Hollywood Director Award" at the 20th Annual HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS Presented by Virginia Black. The prolific multi-talented artist directs Lionsgate's "Hacksaw Ridge", starring Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Teresa Palmer, which is set to hit theaters November 4th, 2016.
Hacksaw Ridge received its standing ovation at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival. it's difficult to know whether the applause was down to the movie or down to that fact that Mel Gibson has finally taken a seat in the director's chair again after 10 years. It seems that his absence might have little to do with the fact that he doesn't actually like filmmaking that much.
'He said he rarely enjoys making a movie', Andrew Garfield said of the Oscar winning veteran, who has directed 'Braveheart', 'The Passion of the Christ' and 'Apocalypto'. But Garfield really doesn't believe that attitude.
'I don't buy it', he continued. 'He just looks like he's having a whale of a time.' He goes on to reveal just what it's like to have someone as esteemed as Gibson directing him; someone whose onscreen roles include the original Mad Max and Martin Riggs in 'Lethal Weapon'. 'Having someone who's such a great actor with their eyes on you just makes you feel so safe', said Garfield.
It looks like the respect is mutual too, because Gibson doesn't believe he could've got someone better for the role. 'He's not your typical heroic cat', he said, despite the fact that Andrew Garfield is best known for his lead role in 'The Amazing Spider-Man'. 'He's a guy with convictions and beliefs and he's very strong principled personally so he's able to understand those things and portray them very well. Also he's a wonderful actor, he's got a great gift. This film is character-centric, it really focuses on this one guy, so you have to have someone who can carry that ball. He really is the heart of the film.'
Aussie heart throb Luke Bracey talks about how it was working with Mel Gibson in the movie “Hacksaw Ridge”.
“Getting to work with the guy you realize how lovely a man he is and how fun and energetic and what a childlike energy he has and how it so infectious,” Bracey told us at the Fifth Annual Australians in Film Awards in Los Angeles.
Gibson, an Oscar-winning director who was born in Peekskill and moved to Sydney when he was 12. Just last week, the 60-year-old actor told an Australian TV station that he has been sober for a decade and asked viewers to “Imagine the worst moment you ever had being recorded and broadcast to the world.”
“We need to separate what happened and the storm around it from the man he actually is and the work that he does,” Bracey says.
It was announced on Monday that Gibson will receive the Hollywood Film Awards’ Hollywood Director Award on Nov. 6.
Hacksaw Ridge opens on Nov. 4.