Can Mel Gibson’s ever really be back?
It’s been 10 years since Mel Gibson was arrested for DUI and spewed anti-Semitic vitriol, giving the cops an up-close-and-personal glimpse at some real deep-rooted issues. Just like that, a storied, Oscar-winning career as an actor and filmmaker was stopped almost dead in its tracks.
That’s until his latest directorial effort, the World War II-set Hacksaw Ridge, reportedly received a 10-minute standing ovation following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival. That, coupled with his buzzed-about turn in the Taken-esque Blood Father, has people bandying about the word “comeback.”
In Hacksaw Ridge, Andrew Garfield plays a sworn pacifist who refuses to bear arms in WWII but instead saves lives as an army medic on the front lines. According to early reviews and reception, it’s mercilessly violent but also makes a strong statement about peace.