One of the films most associated with Mel Gibson is “Braveheart.” Back in the 1990s, historical epics were a hit and continued to be a hit for almost two decades. “Braveheart” was one of the first and was a mega hit back in its day. Gibson gave a riveting performance as William Wallace and is famous for delivering one of the film’s iconic lines — “Freedom!”
What most people don’t know is that “Braveheart” was not only one of Gibson’s best performances, but it was his success story and dream child in every way. Gibson directed, produced, and starred in “Braveheart”. The film raked in five Academy Awards and a Golden Globe. In fact, Gibson won the awards for Best Director at both award ceremonies. “Braveheart” was certainly a mega milestone.
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.
While most of us know the A-lister as Mel Gibson, his full name is Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson. What’s interesting is that Mel’s name is not short for another name – that’s his full Christian name. And when we say Christian, that’s exactly the reason why Mel ended up with his name.
His mother, Anne Gibson (neé Reilly), was raised in Ireland, and she called the actor after the church, St. Mel's Cathedral, in her hometown, Longford. The religious connections do not end there. He was also given the second name Columcille after the Irish saint (Colmcille or Columba), who is important in Ireland. In fact, Colmcille, or Columba, is considered one of the 12 apostles of Ireland.
His First Roles
Some actors spend a lifetime working at their craft before they’re finally discovered. The A-lister, Mel Gibson, isn’t one of those. In fact, Gibson was still a student at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney when he landed his first roles. In 1976, Gibson landed roles on TV in the Australian series “The Sullivans” and “Cop Shop.”
Gibson soon made his debut performance in a movie production in the Australian thriller “Summer City” in 1977. However, the break Gibson needed came in 1979 when he got the role of Max Rockatansky in “Mad Max.” While many actors work for years before getting a breakthrough, things came a bit more easily for Gibson during his time in Australia.