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Mel on 'Max,' 'Machete' & Losing His 'Nutter'
We can all agree that Mel Gibson is still on many people's shit list, but at what point does Hollywood forgive and/or forget? The iconic Hollywood star and filmmaker gets candid about everything from his feelings about the new Mad Max movie that he's not in, to his role in the upcoming Machete sequel, that wacky Maccabees run-in with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas -- and why he's not exactly sure what he should be apologizing about.
Mel talked exclusively with ComingSoon.net to promote Get the Gringo, his latest movie that bypassed U.S. theaters and went straight to video. Asked if Hollywood is ultimately a forgiving town, the 56-year-old star replied, "No it's not. They have to forget. I don't even think they're vindictive. I don't think they think there's reason to forgive. And forgive what to begin with? What are they asking for? It's almost like can you please forgive me for what? What did I do, really? It is kind of ridiculous. So it's kind of hard to pinpoint exactly what needs to be forgiven and I don't consider that anything does because I didn't hurt anyone. But you know, hey that's life. It ain't easy and it's not fair. You've just got to slip the old water off the back and move on."
As for the Maccabees project in which screenwriter Eszterhas leaked tapes of Mel's fury, the star explains, "Okay, so a guy gets paid to write a screenplay and doesn't turn anything in for 14 months. That's a serious problem. Not even an outline, so I lost my nutter with him. … And he was at my home on a working holiday and he didn't even bring one word. And he never intended to write a script. His whole intention was to set me up somehow."
Regarding Mad Max: Fury Road, which is currently in production, Mel says he'll watch the movie and that he likes new star Tom Hardy and thinks he is "a good choice" to fill his boots: "I'll have a look. It'll be fun. I think he's a good actor. He commits completely and he looks great. There's this scary thing about him which is kind of right for that. Tom needed to sit down and talk more than I did. I'm really happy about that. But I hope they do a great job. I'm a big fan of [director George Miller]." He adds, "I actually wanted to do it [10 years ago], but then what happened was, the budget was nuts. It was crazy. I certainly hope they've become more realistic about it."
Next up, Mel appears in front of the camera as a bad guy in Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills, calling his character, "an odd kind of guy, the Rodriguez version of a Bond villain."
He adds, "It's pretty funny. I enjoyed the experience and I enjoyed that kind of pace and in 20 years I spoke more in this than in the entire 20 years combined. The guy is only in the third act. But he's the big nemesis. … and I get to have a sword fight with Machete. He has his machete and I have a samurai sword, but it's kind of fun and it's full of surprises, because it brings the kind of Grindhouse action thing to it, almost celebrating being gratuitous in its drive and making no apology for it and making it fun, like some twisted fairy tale."
Mel seems to be living in his own twisted fairy tale, and when it comes to revisiting any of his classic characters, whether it's Mad Max or Detective Riggs in Lethal Weapon 5, he simply states, "Nah. I've done it. There are new challenges."