Everyone knows that directors have their favorites. Christopher Nolan always has a spot for the Irish wonder actor, Cillian Murphy, in films, while Scorsese couldn’t get enough of Leonardo DiCaprio and, before that, Robert DeNiro. Mel Gibson was once the muse of Australian film director Peter Weir, back during their days in Oz.
In 1981, Weir cast him in his war drama “Gallipoli”; a year later, the Australian director cast Gibson again in his romantic drama “The Year of Living Dangerously.” During the early 80s, it seemed like these two were inseparable. Gibson certainly had a “Weir-d” relationship with the experimental Australian director.
Father-in-law to Kenny Wayne Shepherd
If you’re a Blues fan, then you’ve probably heard the name Kenny Wayne Shepherd. This Louisiana-born guitarist has made waves in the world of blues. In 2006, he married Mel Gibson’s eldest child, Hannah. It must have been daunting for Shepherd to approach the “Braveheart” actor for his daughter’s hand in marriage, but the blues musician did what he needed to do.
He and Hannah have been married since and have welcomed six children into the world. We have to say Christmas times must be epic. In fact, there’s little chance of having festive blues unless you’re speaking about the genre of music.
“The Passion of the Christ”
Most people know that Mel Gibson is the creative director behind the Christian film “The Passion of the Christ.” When the film was released in 2004, it drew much criticism and caused a storm of controversy. What most people don’t know is how long Gibson worked on the film. Back in 1992, he started doing research for this project.
That means Gibson spent an incredible 12 years working on the film. Gibson not only put a lot of time into the project but also a huge sum of money. All in all, Gibson poured $25 million into “The Passion of the Christ.” While you criticize aspects of the film and Gibson’s beliefs, you can’t criticize his “passion” for the project.
What do Warren Beatty, Richard Attenborough, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, and Mel Gibson all have in common? Apart from being superb actors, they’re also superb directors. In fact, they’re such superb directors that they’ve all walked home with an Academy Award for Best Director.
The interesting part is that their main claim to fame is acting. Though Mel Gibson has long been considered an astute actor in Hollywood, he’s been more successful with his directing career, including winning Oscars in 1995 for Best Director and Best Picture for “Braveheart”. In 2016, he also received an Oscar nomination for Best Director for “Hacksaw Ridge.”
2004 Was a Good Year
If there is any year that A-lister Mel Gibson must look back fondly on, it must be 2004. In fact, this year certainly put the ‘a’ in A-lister for Gibson. That year, Forbes named him the no.1 celebrity. And for good reason. He was the highest-paid celebrity of the year, beating even the mega-prosperous Oprah Winfrey, who came second.
J.K. Rowling was in third place, Tiger Woods and Michael Schumacher both tied in fourth place, and Steven Spielberg was in fifth place. One of the major contributions to Gibson’s earnings that year was his creation, “The Passion of the Christ” from which he made $210,000,000.