Is Mel Gibson Still A Movie Star?
There are hundreds of reasons why fame is a double-edged sword, but to the stars who absorb it like sunlight, it's most worrisome when fame eclipses your ability to vanish into a character.
This new strain of fame is a direct result of celeb weeklies, Twitter, blogs (like this one) and all the various ways fans are overexposed to the real lives of celebrities on a daily basis. Some are able to walk the fine line between real and reel as the enormity of Angelina Jolie didn't stop me from feeling Mariane Pearl's pain in A Mighty Heart or seeing George Clooney as an aimless widower in The Descendants.
In fact, it seems the only time fame negatively affects a star is when it takes the dangerous form of "infamy." An ugly word in the lexicon of celebrity that gets attached to a person when their notoriety arises as the result of real world troubles (legal issues, drug issues, sometimes a lethal combo of the two) than their pop culture contributions.
It's the Lohan Effect, if you will. Although that may soon be renamed Getting Gibsoned.
Let's face it, Mel Gibson hasn't had the best decade in terms of public perception. Most of that is, admittedly, his fault. Now he's set to release a new movie amid a fresh scandal that continues to get worse every single day. It began with new anti-Semitic accusations, which have now been supported with a damaging audio tape.
So how will his latest bad ink impact Get The Gringo? That remains to be seen when the film opens later this year, but for now, check out the film's synopsis and a clip!
It's been a bad day for Driver and it's not getting any better. He just made a big haul of millions that would give him a nice summer vacation on easy street. A good idea that went south – literally.
During a high-speed car chase with the US Border Patrol and a bleeding body in his back seat, Driver flips his car smashing through the border wall, tumbling violently, coming to a stop … in Mexico. Apprehended by the Mexican authorities, he is sent to a hard-core prison where he enters the strange and dangerous world of "El Pueblito." Not an easy place for an outsider such as Driver to survive, unless it’s with the help of someone who knows the ropes -- a 10 year-old kid.