Mel Gibson Explains Why Another Mad Max Movie Took So Long

By Brian Williams | 8 years ago

If you grew up in the 80’s then there was only one movie you associated with the apocalypse, ok there was two, but nobody wants a Damnation Alley reboot so we’ll just say it was Mad Max. After years of effort and rumors and starts and stops it looks like we are finally well on our way to getting another dose of the original post-apocalyptic road warrior in theaters with Tom Hardy playing the titular role and Charlize Theron playing a new character who will no doubt either be an awful person or hideously ugly, don’t ask me why but apparently that’s just her thing. Now Mel Gibson has come out to tell how he feels about the new movie and just what took it so long to get made in the first place.

Even though the original Mad Max has long since dropped the Max and just exemplified the Mad, he has remained working. He may not be the A-lister he once was, but he’s maintained some cred just by the sheer depth of his artistic talent (religious snuff films notwithstanding). Ten years ago, before he started in with the whole alcohol fueled anti-semitic  rants at police thing, he was still a viable action hero and was in talks with Mad Max’s creator and director George Miller to star in a fourth movie. In a recent interview with, Gibson tells just what he thinks caused the movie to stall, and no, it wasn’t Jews…

 We talked about this very project like 10 years ago. I actually wanted to do it, but then what happened was, the budget was nuts. It was crazy. I certainly hope they’ve become more realistic about it.

Huge budgets on movies filled with wastelands piled with rusting junk may not make a whole lot of sense, but after seeing all of the leaked pics of huge vehicles from Fury Road, its easy to tell where the money went. As far as his thoughts on the new movie and Tom Hardy taking the reigns of his character after all these years, Gibson says he’s looking forward to seeing it…

 Oh yeah, I’ll have a look. It’ll be fun. I think he’s a good actor. He commits completely and he looks great. There’s this scary thing about him which is kind of right for that. Tom needed to sit down and talk more than I did. I’m really happy about that. But I hope they do a great job. I’m a big fan of George’s.

Unfortunately, in the same interview, Mel Gibson did what Mel Gibson does best and that’s speaking without thinking. When asked about his current perception in Hollywood and if he thought that it was ultimately a forgiving town, Mel responded…

 No it’s not. They have to forget. I don’t even think they’re vindictive. I don’t think they think there’s reason to forgive. And forgive what to begin with? What are they asking for? It’s almost like can you please forgive me for what? What did I do, really? It is kind of ridiculous. So it’s kind of hard to pinpoint exactly what needs to be forgiven and I don’t consider that anything does because I didn’t hurt anyone. But you know, hey that’s life. It ain’t easy and it’s not fair. You’ve just got to slip the old water off the back and move on.

So there you have it. Until Mel Gibson gets a public relations expert surgically attached to his face, you’re probably not going to see him rise back to his previous A-lister status any time soon. Right now Gibson is working on a historically accurate movie about Vikings where (gasp) they’ll actually be speaking English. It sounds pretty awesome because: 1. It’s about Vikings and 2. There’s nothing he can possibly say in the context of making a Viking film that could get him into trouble…right?

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