Mel Gibson strolls through Sydney
february 06, 2016
He has been working hard on the World War II movie, Hacksaw Ridge.
And it seems actor-turned-director Mel Gibson needed some down time after a hectic filming schedule in New South Wales.
The 60-year-old Hollywood A-lister was spotted soaking up the sunshine in the exclusive suburb of Double Bay in an ultra casual outfit which included a crinkled button-up shirt and blue shorts.
He completed his laid-back weekend outfit with a gold chain around his neck and a pair of black flip-flops.
It appears the director had a pen clipped to his front shirt pocket, perhaps hoping to jot down any ideas that came to his mind while on his sunny stroll.
Apart from his relaxing walk, Mel has been working with a contingent of Australian actors - including Teresa Palmer, Sam Worthington, Firass Dirani, Ben Mingay and Ryan Corr - shooting Hacksaw Ridge in Sydney, including on location in Richmond and Bringelly in the western suburbs.
It will also star Andrew Garfield of The Amazing Spider-Man as Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who went to Japan during the bloodiest battle of WWII and saved 75 men without firing a gun.
He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon and the only conscientious objector to ever win the US Medal of Honour.
Mel lends his Academy Award winning director skills to the action flick.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald last year, the Braveheart actor explained that the story attracted him back to the directors chair nine years after the action film Apocalypto.
'It's about a man who wouldn't touch a weapon yet wanted to be part of saving lives in the worst place on earth,' he said.
'Okinawa was a horrific place, where, I think, more life was lost in that Pacific battle than any other Pacific battle – and they were all bad. There were over 300,000 casualties, mostly civilian, which is really sad.'