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03 January - Mel Gibson. "Good Boy or Bad Boy"

Unread postby Max ADU » Sun Jan 03, 2016 8:12 pm

Australian Birthday Today
3rd January

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Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson AO (born January 3, 1956)
is an American actor and filmmaker.

Gibson's first name is derived from Saint Mel, fifth-century Irish saint

He is most well known as an action hero, for roles such as Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon film series and Max Rockatansky in the first three films in the Mad Max post-apocalyptic action series.

Mel was born in Peekskill, New York, and moved with his parents to Australia where they relocated to West Pymble, Sydney. Mel was 12 years old,

Because of his mother being Irish, Gibson retains dual Irish and American citizenship.

Mel's paternal grandmother was an Australia and the move was both for economic reasons and his father's expectation that the Australian Defence Forces would reject his eldest son for the draft during the Vietnam War.

Young Mel mets his lady.
Gibson met Robyn Denise Moore (a
dental nurse) in the late 1970s, after filming Mad Max, were they were both tenants at a house in Adelaide.

On June 7, 1980, Mel and Robyn Gibson were married in a Roman Catholic church in Forestville, New South Wales

They have one daughter, and six sons:
Hannah (b. 1980), Edward (b. 1982), Christian (b. 1982), William (b. 1985), Louis (b. 1988), Milo (b. 1990), Thomas (b. 1999);

Mel's world falling apart.
On July 29, 2006 after 26 years of marriage, Mel and Robyn Gibson had separated.

The separation began the day following his arrest for drunk driving in Malibu followed the March 2009 release of photographs appearing to show him on a beach embracing Russian pianist Oksana Grigorieva.

Robyn Gibson filed for divorce on April 13, 2009, citing irreconcilable differences

Grigorieva, gave birth to Gibson's daughter Lucia on 30 October 2009

Gibson's divorce was finalized on December 23, 2011, and the settlement with his ex-wife was said to be the highest in Hollywood history at over $400 million

Mel's "Bad Boy" image takes over.
Gibson has said that he started
drinking at the age of 13.and in 2002, describes himself as a manic depressive.

Alcohol was Mel's demons and was banned from driving in Ontario for three months in 1984, when he rear-ending a car in Toronto while under the influence of alcohol.

Mel retreated to his Australian farm for over a year to recover, but he continued to struggle with drinking.

Despite this problem, Gibson still had a reputation in Hollywood for professionalism and punctuality such that Lethal Weapon 2. even though Mel admitted that he was drinking five pints of beer for breakfast.

Mel said that despair in his mid-30s led him to contemplate suicide.

In 1992, Gibson provided financial support to Hollywood's Recovery Center, saying,
"Alcoholism is something that runs in my family. It's something that's close to me. People do come back from it, and it's a miracle."

Mel keeps self-destructing.
On July 28, 2006, Gibson was arrested
for driving under the influence (DUI) while speeding in his vehicle with an open container of alcohol, which is illegal in much of the United States.

Gibson first told the arresting officer, "My life is over. I'm f**ked. Robyn's going to leave me." Mel continue to slide down hill when according to the arrest report, exploded into an angry tirade when the arresting officer would not allow him to drive home.

Mel stepping over the boundary climaxed with the words, "F**king Jews... the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. Are you a Jew?"

In a televised interview with Diane Sawyer—he affirmed the accuracy of the quotations and he further apologized for his "despicable" behaviour, saying that the comments were "blurted out in a moment of insanity", asking to meet with Jewish leaders to help him "discern the appropriate path for healing."

On August 17, 2006, Gibson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour drunken-driving charge and was sentenced to three years probation.

He was ordered to attend self-help meetings five times a week for four and a half months and three times a week for the remainder of the first year of his probation.
Mel was also ordered to attend a First Offenders Program, was fined $1,300, and his license was restricted for 90 days.

Gibson was accused of homophobia after a December 1991 interview in the Spanish newspaper El País in which he made derogatory comments about homosexuals.

Mel's 2004 film The Passion of the Christ sparked a fierce debate over alleged anti-Semitic imagery and overtones.

And finally, In July 2010, Gibson had been recorded during a phone call with Oksana Grigorieva suggesting that if she got "raped by a pack of n*ggers," she would be to blame.

A domestic violence-related restraining order was issued to Gibson preventing him from going near Grigorieva or her daughter.

Mel image was not all "Bad Boy"
Gibson and his former wife have contributed a substantial amount of money to various charities, one of which is Healing the Children.

According to Cris Embleton, one of the founders, the Gibsons gave millions to provide lifesaving medical treatment to needy children worldwide

Mel the professional - the actor, the producer, the director
Gibson made his film debut in the 1977 film Summer City, for which he was paid $400, then played the title character in the film Mad Max (1979). earning $15,000 for this role with a following up role playing a mentally slow youth in the film Tim.

Periodically Mel Gibson also appeared in Australian television series guest roles. such as in serial The Sullivans as naval lieutenant, Ray Henderson, in police show Cop Shop.

Mel then joined the cast of the World War II action film Attack Force Z, but was not released until 1982 when Gibson had become a bigger star.

The sequel Mad Max 2 was Mel's first hit in America (released as The Road Warrior).

In 1982 Gibson again attracted critical acclaim in Peter Weir's romantic thriller The Year of Living Dangerously. In 1984, Gibson took on the role of Fletcher Christian in The Bounty.

Mel's first million dollar salary for playing Max Rockatansky for the third time, in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985

Afterwards Mel took almost two years
off at his Australian cattle station then returned to play the role of Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon, a film which helped to cement his status as a Hollywood "leading man".

Mel Gibson's next films were Robert Towne's Tequila Sunrise, followed by Lethal Weapon 2, in 1989 also starred in three films back-to-back: Bird on a Wire, Air America, and Hamlet; all were released in 1990.

During the 1990s, Gibson alternated between commercial and personal projects. His films were also Forever Young, Lethal Weapon 3, Maverick, Braveheart. Ransom, Conspiracy Theory, Lethal Weapon 4, and Payback and as the speaking and singing voice of John Smith in Disney's Pocahontas.

Mel's had great achievements.
In 1985, Gibson was named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by People, the first person to be named so. but Mel quietly declined the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government in 1995 as a protest against France's resumption of nuclear testing in the Southwest Pacific.

On July 25, 1997, Mel Gibson was named an honorary Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), in recognition of his "service to the Australian film industry". The award was honorary because substantive awards are made only to Australian citizens.

Film awards
Australian Film Institute Award: Best Actor in a Lead Role, for Tim (1979) and Gallipoli (1981)
Academy Award: Best Picture, for Braveheart (1995)
Academy Award: Best Director, for Braveheart (1995)
People's Choice Awards: Favorite Motion Picture Actor (1991, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004)
People's Choice Awards: Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Comedy (2001)
ShoWest Award: Male Star of the Year (1993)
ShoWest Award: Director of the Year (1996)
American Cinematheque Gala Tribute: American Cinematheque Award (1995)
Hasty Pudding Theatricals: Man of the Year (1997)
Australian Film Institute: Global Achievement Award (2002)
World's most powerful celebrity by U.S. business magazine Forbes (2004)
The Hollywood Reporter Innovator of the Year (2004)

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