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16 Surprising Secrets On Mel Gibson

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

2. He was born in Peekskill, New York, and moved with his parents to Sydney when he was 12 years old.

3. He studied acting at the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art.

4. During the 1980s, Gibson founded Icon Entertainment, a production company which independent film director Atom Egoyan has called, “an alternative to the studio system.” The film also helped to earn Gibson the reputation of a serious, versatile actor.

5. Dans 1995, Gibson produced, directed, and starred in the epic historical drama film Braveheart, for which he won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Director, along with the Academy Award for Best Picture.

6. Dans 2004, he directed and produced the financially successful, but controversial, biblical drama film The Passion of the Christ.

7. Gibson received further critical notice for his directorial work of the 2006 action-adventure film Apocalypto, which is set in Mesoamerica during the early 16th century.

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

9. His father was awarded US$145,000 in a work-related-injury lawsuit against New York Central Railroad on February 14, 1968; and soon afterwards relocated his family to West Pymble, Sydney. Mel Gibson was 12 years old at the time.

10. Gibson gained very favorable notices from film critics when he first entered the cinematic scene, as well as comparisons to several classic movie stars.

11. Dans 1982, Vincent Canby wrote that “Mr. Gibson recalls the young Steve McQueen…

12. He expanded beyond acting into directing and producing, with: The Man Without a Face, in 1993; Braveheart, in 1995; The Passion of the Christ, in 2004; and Apocalypto, in 2006.

13. Jess Cagle of Time compared Gibson with Cary Grant, Sean Connery, and Robert Redford.

14. Gibson a étudié à l'Institut national d'art dramatique de Sydney.

15. The students at NIDA were classically trained in the British-theater tradition rather than in preparation for screen acting. Gibson immediately began work on the filming of Mad Max, but continued to work as a stage actor, and joined the State Theatre Company of South Australia in Adelaide.

16. While a student at NIDA, Gibson made his film debut in the 1977 film Summer City, for which he was paid $400.

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