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->"''Y'know, when they made ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', they said 'That's ridiculous, Mel Gibson, playing a Scottish guy. [[OohMeAccentsSlipping That's not going to be convincing]].' Well, [[HilariousInHindsight look at him now]]: An alcoholic racist.''"
-->-- '''[[MockTheWeek Frankie Boyle]]''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTPSYbeNaa8 on the Scots]]

Mel Gibson is an American-Australian actor, film director and producer and screenwriter. The movies he has acted in have grossed more than two billion dollars in the US alone. Born in Peekskill, New York, Gibson moved with his parents to Sydney when he was 12 years old and later studied acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

Gibson [[StarMakingRole broke through]] with the Australian cult classic ''Film/MadMax'' series and graduated to the A-List with ''Film/LethalWeapon'' in 1987. He went on to star in a number of films, usually appearing in action or comedic roles. In 1995 he directed and starred in the Academy Award-winning ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', becoming the sixth actor-turned-filmmaker to receive an Academy Award for Best Director. Behind the scenes, Gibson was known as a ''[[Film/TheThreeStooges Three Stooges]]'' fan and a notorious on-set prankster.

After 2002's ''Film/{{Signs}}'', Gibson withdrew from the Hollywood system and focused on his own self-financed productions. In 2004, he directed and produced ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'', a controversial but successful film that portrayed the last hours of the life of Jesus Christ. He followed up with another ambitious, self-financed project filmed in an obscure language, ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}''.

A devout Traditionalist Catholic, Gibson became more outspoken with his conservative religious and political beliefs after the release of ''Passion''. He also came under fire with allegations of antisemitism and racism, fueled by his [[ConspiracyTheorist father's beliefs]] as well as comments he made during a DUI arrest. Gibson's controversial statements have made him the subject of frequent parody in the media.

Gibson returned to the Hollywood scene in 2010 with a starring role in ''[[Film/EdgeOfDarkness2010 Edge Of Darkness]]''. Soon after the film was released, Gibson again drew controversy when his ex-girlfriend released recordings of his [[http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2010/07/world-exclusive-audio-mel-gibsons-explosive-racist-rant-listen-it-here expletive and slur-laden phone conversations]] and also accused him of domestic abuse.

His following film was ''Film/TheBeaver'', which tells the story of a man whose life was ruined by alcohol and who finds a very unusual way to get his life back in order--by using a sock puppet beaver as a separate personality. The film was notable for its RealitySubtext, but did little to shift Gibson's career direction.

Gibson's next film, ''Film/GetTheGringo'' (titled ''How I Spent My Summer Vacation'' in some countries) started a small Renaissance. Though the film bypassed American cinemas and opened in the USA on [=DirectTV=], it was well received and helped raise Gibson's stock. He followed up with ''Film/MacheteKills'' as the main villain and will play as a character known only as 'The Drifter' in the next ''Film/MadMax'' movie. He has also been cast to play the heavy in the upcoming ''TheExpendables 3''.
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!!Tropes in the work of Mel Gibson:
* AuthorAppeal: His characters like dogs. There are also occasional ThreeStooges references in his films, such as in ''Film/LethalWeapon''. Also, even before ''The Passion'', many of the characters he played display Catholic tendencies.
* {{Badass}}: Often cast as such.
* MetaCasting: ''The Beaver'' almost reads like his own life, and this was certainly intentional.
* PapaWolf: Typical Mel Gibson role is the RetiredBadass who just wants a quiet life with his family. Then someone messes with his family...
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