Mel Gibson

Peter Stormare: (on Mel) That's the way you should do it. Take a garbage role for the money, like Lethal Weapon 4, and then do what you want to do. He's a cool fella.
Mel Gibson: (On his religious beliefs) I'm not a done deal. I'm a work in progress. I'm still extremely flawed.
Mel Gibson: My fears: everything from being afraid that I'm going to run out of cream for my cornflakes right up to someone chopping my privates off.
Mel Gibson: Acting is like lying. The art of lying well. I'm paid to tell elaborate lies.
Mel Gibson: I like directing much better. It's more fun, that's all there is to it. It's essentially the same job, which is storytelling, but you have more control over the way you want to tell the story. It's a high. I love it.
Mel Gibson: Above all, film is a business ...Independence is a really cool thing as you can be a bit more bold, and take a few more chances with what you do.
Mel Gibson: I wasn't exactly the most zealous keeper-of-the-flame, you know? I was a pretty wild boy quite frankly. Even now when I'm trying more than I was before, I still fail every day at some level, but that's being human.
Mel Gibson: A woman should be home with the children, building that home and making sure there's a secure family atmosphere.
Mel Gibson: I'd like to be able to wake up early every morning, but I don't. I'd like to quit smoking. I'd like to never lose my temper. The list goes on and on. I'd even like to get dressed by myself, and not have other people watching me.
Mel Gibson: (About the Passion of the Christ) This movie is about Faith, Hope, Love and Forgiveness. Themes that are as important now as they were in Jesus' time.
Mel Gibson: I did a lot of crazy things so I'm surprised to be alive.
In February of 1985, he became the first person to garner the title of "Sexiest Man Alive" from People magazine.
Although he maintained his USA citizenship, he lived in Australia from the age of twelve.
Mel's family line goes back several generations in Australia, but his ancestors originally came from Ireland and Scotland.
Mel flew to Fiji in early December 2004 where he bought the 2,160 hectare island of Mago from a Japanese hotel chain for $15 million. He plans to turn the Pacific paradise in to a private residence.
Mel owns a summer home in Branford, Connecticut, USA.
Mel was offered the role of "Eliot Ness" in The Untouchables (1987), but turned it down. It was eventually filled by Kevin Costner.
Some of Mel's favourite films include, The Big Country (1958), Double Indemnity (1944), and Spartacus (1960).
Mel was one of the actors originally considered for the role of "James Bond" in GoldenEye (1995).
Mel has his own private chapel on his grounds, where he attends mass every day.
Mel almost turned down the role of "William Wallace" in Braveheart (1995), because he thought he was too old for the role.
Mel was the first Australian actor ever to be paid $1,000,000 for a film role.
Mel abstains from alcohol completely.
Mel was born with a rare condition where he has a "horseshoe" kidney, meaning that both of his kidneys are fused into one.
Mel is a big fan of The Three Stooges.
Mel took up acting only because his sister submitted an application behind his back. The night before an audition, he got into a fight, and his face was badly beaten, an accident that won him the role.
Mel and his wife Robyn have seven children together. Their names are Hannah, twins Edward and Christian, William, Louis, Milo and Tommy.
Mel ranked #12 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list in October 1997.
Mel studied Acting at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art), and at the University of New South Wales, NSW, Sydney, Australia.
Mel's younger brother, Donal Gibson is also an actor.
Some sources give 1951 as the year of Mel's birth.
Mel was considered for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman (1989).
In the film Forever Young (1992), he needed to appear older in the last few scenes. Because his eyes were so bright blue, no matter how many wrinkles they put on him, he did not look authentically aged. So, he wore gray contacts in order to look old.
Mel appeared as Juliet in an all male production of "Romeo and Juliet".
Mel appeared in a Regional TV commercial with Scott Baio for LASSO in 2003.
Moved to Australia to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War.