Back in the 1970s, Australian cinema and film went through what is described as a boom. Though Australian cinema had plenty of big films and names to boast about, Mel Gibson played a part in drawing much attention and prosperity to Australian cinema.
The “Mad Max” franchise became not only an Australian blockbuster but was well-received by critics. Of course, Gibson, portraying the central character, Max Rockatansky, played a huge part in this. No wonder he became Australia’s first biggest earner. In the sequel “Mad Max 2”, he earned $1 million for his role, being the first Australian to earn $1 million for a movie role.
How I Met Robyn
While the popular TV series, “How I Met Your Mother,” details an elaborate story of how Ted Mosby eventually meets his true love and the mother of his children, actor Mel Gibson’s finding true love was pretty straightforward. While he was a struggling actor in Sydney, he met Robyn Moore, who was a dental nurse.
After filming “Mad Max,” the two met through a dating service and soon became an item. On June 7, 1980, the couple were married. And though their love continued strong for three decades, Moore and Gibson separated in 2006. Their divorce was finalized on December 23, 2011. Christmas 2011 must have been hard on the Gibson clan.
Big Family Blues
A-lister Mel Gibson has stirred up so much controversy in his career that it overshadows some other incredible facts about the actor. One major fact that the public doesn’t know about Gibson is that he has nine children. The eldest is actress Hannah, followed by her twin brothers, Edward and Christian. Next are the younger siblings, William, Louis, and Milo.
Both Milo and Louis have followed in their father’s footsteps and had some acting roles. Thomas is Robyn Moore and Gibson’s youngest son. After Moore and Gibson separated, Gibson was not quite done with having kids. He and his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, welcomed Lucia into the world in 2009. Still, Gibson’s not done. He and his current partner, Rosalind Ross, had Lars in 2017.
A Clever Compromise
Most of us know that Mel Gibson has made a pretty decent director. Some of his masterpieces include the Mesoamerican thriller/action, “Apocalypto,” the biographical war drama “Hacksaw Ridge,” and the controversial “The Passion of the Christ.” However, back in 1995, Gibson was still making a name for himself as a director.
He was offered the opportunity to portray William Wallace in the historical epic, “Braveheart.” Gibson wasn’t too keen on the role and almost turned it down. Yet, he asked if he could direct the movie. The producers agreed. If it wasn’t for Gibson’s clever compromise, “Braveheart” wouldn’t be the same.
It hasn’t always been sunshine and roses for A-lister Mel Gibson. One of the hardest challenges the actor had to overcome was smoking. Gibson picked up the terrible habit at the really young age of nine. In 2004, his then-wife, Robyn Moore, insisted that Gibson quit, but she had to settle for Gibson cutting down to three a day.
Quitting was a long time coming. Though the actor managed to quit for several months on end, he always found himself giving into his cravings and having one or two. However, eventually, the actor managed to kick the habit. In 2010, he confessed that he had finally managed to shake smoking. He also admits that it was the hardest thing for him to overcome.