According to the website Christian Today, Mel Gibson is the most powerful Christian in Hollywood. We’re not quite sure what the Vatican thinks about that because though Gibson is Catholic, he doesn’t exactly see eye to eye with the Vatican. “The Passion of the Christ” director was raised by his parents, who were upholders of Sedevacantism. In fact, his father became outspoken on this topic and championed Sedevacantism in his writings.
Sedevacantism is a form of traditional Catholicism that doesn’t consider the current Pope – and prior Popes – as valid. According to Sedevacantism, the current Pope shouldn’t be the head of the Catholic Church as he and former Popes have committed several heresies. Though Mel Gibson might be a powerful Christian, we’re pretty sure the Pope isn’t his biggest fan.
Star at 23
Though Mel Gibson was born in 1956 and is a relatively young classic Hollywood figure, he has been an A-lister for longer than most of us can remember. In fact, most of us can’t think of a time when we didn’t know Gibson as an A-lister. He’s had plenty of standout roles like in “Braveheart,” “The Patriot,” “Ransom,” and “What Women Want.”
However, the reason Gibson has been a famous figure for so long is that the actor found fame at an exceptionally young age. “Mad Max” put Gibson on the map. Yet, Gibson was only 23 years old when the film was released and became a worldwide hit. The most incredible thing was that “Mad Max” was the 23-year-old’s second role.
Break in Hollywood
For as long as most people can remember, Mel Gibson has been a steady figure in the Hollywood circuit. What is interesting is that it was Gibson’s stint in Australian productions like “Mad Max” that drew the action actor's early attention. Yet, only in 1984 – a year before the final “Mad Max” film (of the original trilogy) – Gibson starred in his first Hollywood production, “The River.”
Gibson had already had seven years in entertainment and had had some big roles, including “The Year of Living Dangerously” co-starring Sigourney Weaver and “The Bounty” co-starring Anthony Hopkins. None of these were American productions. It’s hard to think of a time when Gibson was not a Hollywood name, but for seven years, Gibson was not a citizen of Tinsel Town.
An Almost Hangover
For those of you who love “The Hangover” franchise, you’d be surprised to know that Mel Gibson was supposed to have a cameo in the sequel, “The Hangover 2.” Though director Todd Philipps was behind having Gibson play a small role in the film, he had to cut him from the cast. Philips explains that the crew and cast members weren’t exactly thrilled about having Gibson involved in the project.
Back in 2010, Gibson had become a bit of a black sheep in Tinsel Town, so now we know why we didn’t see his face in the sequel. Considering his problems with drinking that came to light in 2006, it might’ve been wise not to have Gibson star in “The Hangover 2.”
A Former Critic Boy
During his early roles on the silver screen, Mel Gibson was quite a hit with the critics. When it came to the critics, Gibson seemingly could do no wrong. According to the website of legendary film critic Roger Ebert, from 1985 to 2005, a movie directed by Gibson or starring the actor seldom received less than two stars.
Yet, from 2010 onwards, a movie featuring or directed by Gibson rarely received a four-star rating. Gibson’s latest films “Agent Game” and “Father Stu” both got poor ratings (one and a half stars) on Roger Ebert. The same is the case on Rotten Tomatoes. Whether it is for his directing or acting, Gibson has struggled to receive a positive review from a critic. Interestingly, audience reviews tend to be more lenient.