Showbiz might seem to be a place full of sharks, but you might be surprised to hear that there are genuine tales of friendship. One example of showbiz friendship is that between the “Braveheart” actor Mel Gibson and “Iron Man” actor Robert Downey Jr. During his acceptance speech for his American Cinematheque Award in 2011, Downey Jr. opened up about how Gibson supported him during an extremely difficult patch.
When Hollywood wouldn’t offer him any acting roles, Gibson did. The two met co-starring in “Air America.” For three decades, the two have been true friends. Downey Jr. later supported his friend when he faced his own struggles with employment and came to Gibson’s defense when Hollywood had turned against him.
The Clark Gable of Orange Juice
If it hadn’t been for the intervention of one of Mel Gibson’s sisters, the actor might never have been the bright Hollywood star he’s become. While the Gibson bunch was living down under, Mel Gibson was working for an orange juice bottling company. Fortunately, his older sister applied for the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney on behalf of the bottler.
Gibson was accepted, and thanks to his older sister’s help, he later joined the rank of Hollywood A-listers. During his stint at the orange juice bottling company, Matthew Burke describes Gibson as “the Clark Gable of Orange Juice.” That’s the perfect angle for a biopic.
At Home With Geoffrey Rush
It might blow fans' minds to hear that Mel Gibson and astute actor Geoffrey Rush once were housemates during their formative years. Back in 1979, the two were housemates along with two other friends. Rush and Gibson stayed together while headlining the Samuel Beckett production, “Waiting for Godot.”
The stage production was held at the Jane Street Theater in Sydney that year. You might be lucky to spot one of the classic play’s photos featuring Gibson as Estragon and Rush as Vladimir. Fortunately, Gibson and Rush had something better to do than “Wait for Godot” and have since both had stellar careers in showbiz.
One of Mel Gibson’s legendary roles was starring as Martin Riggs in the action “Lethal Weapon” franchise. Gibson and his co-star, Danny Glover, will long be the faces of the classic action franchise. However, it boggles our minds to hear that during the shooting of “Lethal Weapon 2”, Mel Gibson enjoyed drinking a bit too much.
In fact, the film’s director, Richard Donner, explained that Gibson used to drink five half-gallons of beer for breakfast. Whoa! Now that’s a “Lethal” breakfast. We don’t know how it didn’t boggle the actor’s mind, but somehow, his performances as Riggs were on point. What's even more mind-boggling is that Gibson had quite the physique in the second film installment despite taking in so many carbs.
In recent years, we have seen all kinds of political terms emerge. Those describing political views that tend to slant right have been called right-wing, alt-right, and far-right. And then there’s Mel Gibson. In fact, Gibson might be a little “Mad Max” when it comes to voicing his opinions on everything from salvation to politics and generally controversial topics.
What we mean is that the “Mad Max” actor is not at all gun-shy when it comes to speaking his mind. Gibson does swing rather right on his views, earning him quite the reputation of being “ultra-conservative.” And labeling him as such is not in any conservative estimate – not by anyone’s count, probably not even Gibson himself.