Mel Gibson today is very happy with the rave reviews of his latest film and so is Hollywood.
He has had a rough time with Holywood shunning him for a long time. Gibson today sees all of that start to slowly fade for him. When Gibson came out with Braveheart, he was at the top of his game. Because Gibson made a stand in Holywood, that all changed. Most Noteworthy, though, recently, is Gibson’s latest film, “Hacksaw Ridge”.
Mel Gibson has made a movie about a pacifist who served nobly during WWII. It’s a testament to his filmmaking chops, and also an act of atonement that may succeed in bringing Gibson back.
Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” which premiered today at the 73rd International Venice Film Festival, is a brutally effective, bristlingly idiosyncratic combat saga — the true story of a man of peace caught up in the inferno of World War II. It’s the first movie Gibson has directed since “Apocalypto,” 10 years ago (a film he’d already shot before the scandals that engulfed him), and this November, when it opens with a good chance of becoming a player during awards season, it will likely prove to be the first film in a decade that can mark his re-entry into the heart of the industry. Yet to say that “Hacksaw Ridge” finally leaves the Gibson scandals behind isn’t quite right; it has been made in their shadow. On some not-so-hard-to-read level, the film is conceived and presented as an act of atonement.
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Mel Gibson today will probably never be as popular as he was 20 years ago.
Hollywood will always bring up Mel Gibson’s messy divorce and his drunken rants as the reason Gibson was shunned. The truth is though, Hollywood punished Mel Gibson for committing the unpardonable sin. Mel Gibson had the gaul to put “the Passion of the Christ” on film. It’s not so much that it was a film about Christ. The Fact is, “The Passion of the Christ” was very effective and was a box office record breaker.
At the close of its fifth day in theaters, the controversial The Passion of the Christ movie officially grossed $125.2 million, and industry experts anticipate that the international box office sales could hit $650 million by the end of its run. That’s the third-best five-day opening ever, behind Time Warner ‘sMatrix Reloaded and Sony ‘s Spider-Man, beating out blockbusters like Academy Award darling Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and The Walt Disney Co. ‘s Finding Nemo.
Gibson and his Icon Productions outfit provided the film’s sole backing, spending about $30 million on production costs and an estimated $15 million on what have been exceptionally successful marketing and advertising efforts. Those costs already have been covered–a feat in and of itself.
The Passion of the Christ is the real reason why Hollywood shunned Mel Gibson.
They will continue to remind us of all of Gibson’s past marital and alcohol issues. Even though they have forgiven Gibson, they remind you that Mel Gibson today is the same guy with the personal problems.
Hollywood will over-look many actors and directors who’ve done worse things than Gibson. His real sin that still frosts them today is showing the world “The Passion of the Christ”. Jim Caviezel claimed his role as Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ” made him a Hollywood outcast. The hatred for Jesus is the reason. This can’t stand in Hollywood. “The Passion of the Christ” also opened the door for other Christian movie makers to make their footprint on Hollywood. Most notably, Norma Downey with her films about the Bible and Jesus.
Hollywood started noticing this trend of popular Bible films and devised an evil scheme to put an end to it.
Noted atheist and Christ hater, Darren Aronofsky, put Noah together. The film Noah was a complete blasphemous piece of garbage. Many evangelicals were fooled into thinking Noah was going to advance the Bible. They were given a private screening that indicated it would be positive. That private screening of the movie turned out to be false. Darren Aronofsky came out with something completely different and it turned into an abomination. You take a look at Exodus: God and Kings, that movie turned out to be another flop. Left Behind with Nicholas Cage was an embarrassment too.
Because Hollywood intentionally put out horrible Bible movies, now nobody will watch them.
The perfect example was the remake of Ben Hur. Ben Hur turned out to be a spectacular movie but it flopped at the box office. People no longer trusted Hollywood to do justice to Biblically based movies. So when a good one comes along, nobody is going to notice. The Well is already poisoned. The Scheme to poison Biblical movies has succeeded. It all started because Mel Gibson took a stand. Mel Gibson today won’t ever return to the same glory. Hollywood won’t let him.