Gun control, standing ovations and awards

october 26 , 2016

“Hacksaw Ridge” director Mel Gibson isn't afraid to discuss the gun control debate. He spoke with Fox News about the issues our country is facing during an interview ahead of his new film. 

“Well, I understand where it comes from, the right to bear arms because the Revolution and that stuff and tyranny and the right to defend yourself, and I still agree with that, but it’s kind of out of balance at the moment," he said at a recent press junket. "...Something has to be done in order to stop some of the heinous violence that has [occured] just like sporadically and shockingly..."

Gibson said he isn't sure how to solve the gun control debate.

"I don’t know what the answer to that is... It’s going to take someone smarter than me to figure that out.”  

And as Gibson prepares for his directorial comeback with this film, he said the industry has changed in his years off, highlighting the success of his co-star Andrew Garfield.

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“I think he’s smarter than I am. He’s not going to step in the same potholes,” he said with a smile. “The industry has changed. It’s like the kind of film has changed. If you want to make substantial stories and things that are profound and mean something you kind of have to delve into the independent realm..."

He called "Hacksaw Ridge" a "big independent film," noting that the film is "not even that huge a budget or anything."

Garfield plays Desmond T. Doss, a United States Army corporal and combat medic during WWII who won a Congressional Medal of Honor despite refusing to bear arms.

Gibson said bold men like Doss exist in the world today.

“These guys exist. They are in the armed forces and other things—sometimes they are police officers; sometimes they are social workers; they are around us. They are not grandstanding because they are humble.”

The audience screening of Gibson's World War II battlefield hero movie “Hacksaw Ridge” at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills Monday night loved the movie.

“Show your heart — not just your applause — for Mel Gibson,” producer Bill Mechanic asked the crowd after the credits rolled.

As Gibson walked down the aisle to take the stage with fellow producers and key cast members, the audience gave a standing ovation. It was a departure from the typical Hollywood premiere, where the main introductions take place before the screening.

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“Hacksaw Ridge” tells the story of Desmond Doss Sr., a conscientious objector who fought for his right to take the battlefield without a gun, serving as a medic in Japan. He rescued 75 soldiers during the battle of Okinawa and was the first conscientious objector in history to be awarded the Medal of Honor, an honor designated for battlefield heroics.

“Some say it’s a war film. I think it’s a love story,” Gibson said before the film.

The 131-minute barrage of floor-rattling sound and relentless gruesome death left the Academy audience shell-shocked. After the credits and the speeches, the crowd spoke in hushed tones.

“It’s a movie that does that to you,” producer Mechanic told TheWrap after the screening.

“Everybody is a bit stunned. It takes a little while to filter through the brain and react.

The lead character’s son, who lives in Washington State, did not initially know the film was being made. “It’s a long story,” he said of how he got involved with the filmmakers. “I heard about it on Facebook,” he told TheWrap on the way to the afterparty.

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Hours earlier, the Hollywood Film Awards announced that Gibson will receive the Director’s Award at their show on Nov. 6. It marks another step on the road to industry repatriation, following his presentation at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grant Night this past summer and his Golden Globes appearance in January.

“I’m proud to support an extraordinary producer who’s witnessing the comeback of his career,” producer Lauren Selig told TheWrap at the afterparty.

Mel Gibson’s return to directing is already a hit at the AACTA Awards, the week before the film opens in cinemas.

Hacksaw Ridge, his first feature as a director for 10 years, scored 13 mentions in the sixth Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards nominations announced today. The story of an American conscientious objector decorated for bravery in World War II, it was made in Australia with a mainly local cast and crew.

It has been nominated for best film, best direction and best original screenplay. It has nominees in all four performance categories (including English actor Andrew Garfield for best actor) and it made an almost clean sweep in the other technical and creative categories. It even scored a nomination in a new category, best hair and make-up (which spans film and TV).

Source: FoxNews , TheWrap , TheAustralian