#MelGibson is one of the most controversial actors/directors in Hollywood. He has said and done some unsavory things in the past, which have caused Hollywood to shun him. This is understandable, given the nature of his transgressions; however, the man is one of our greatest living directors. There is some validity to the old adage, "Trust the art, not the artist".
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Mel Gibson has proven his worth as a director with such films as #Braveheart, #Apocalypto, and #PassionOfTheChrist. Hacksaw Ridge is generating a lot of buzz, with most people believing it is a contender for the #Oscars. Let's look at why this film could only be brought to life by Mel Gibson.
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Despite Gibson becoming a pariah after his drunk driving arrest and antisemitic comments, he was given a second chance. His new film Hacksaw Ridge tells the story of Pvt. Desmond Doss, who saved 75 people during War World II, and never even picked up a weapon. It is one of the most amazing stories in history and deserved to be handled with care by a filmmaker that could bring this story the respect it deserves. In an interview with Forbes, the co-writer of Hacksaw, Andrew Knight, had this to say about working with Gibson:
This thought brings up a very interesting idea: that Mel Gibson has faced his demons and just wants to get back to doing what he loves to do. Directing his first feature film since 2006 is a big step forward for Gibson. The matter of him being a good person or not really becomes irrelevant, especially when you look at the subject material he is tackling in Hacksaw Ridge.
The main story revolves around Desmond Doss, a devout member of the The Seventh-Day Adventist Church who refused to conform to what other want him to do. In the case of Doss, this means taking up arms in a war. Doss was ridiculed and even beaten because of his refusal to bend his own beliefs. His fellow soldiers and his superior officers often referred to him as "the coward Doss". He stood his ground and by the end of his service rescued 75 people, despite his poor treatment by his fellow soldiers.
A Perfect Fit
Now don't get me wrong: Mel Gibson is not a war hero, not even close. He is, however, a man of great faith who has been labeled as something that might not be 100% accurate. This gives Gibson a unique perspective, and when you couple that with his prowess as a filmmaker, you really get something special. Those that worked with Mel on the film speak of his professionalism and work ethic with glowing praise. Andrew Knight spoke on this subject in the aforementioned Forbes article:
He doesn’t appear to give a s*** about the usual obsessions with three-act structures and compulsory plot twists by page 24. He seems driven by a bigger sensibility. He tends to work organically within a scene, trying to find his connection with it – or the heart of it if you will – and then uses that to motor onto the next scene. This makes the linkages emotional, not cerebral. He is very smart but his process is not academic. He’s a very interesting dude and I’d kill to work with him again
When it comes down to it, Hacksaw Ridge might suffer during awards season due to the fact that Mel Gibson is directing. However, that sacrifice was made because Gibson was the perfect person to bring this film to life. Producer of the film, Bill Mechanic, spoke of this explicitly:
The film certainly speaks for itself, it is amazing and emotionally poignant . No matter what your feelings are about Mel Gibson, this film deserves to be seen by the masses. We won't know until the Oscars whether or not this film will be affected by Gibson's past, but at this point it could go either way. In either case, Gibson did an amazing job and brought a story to life that needed to be told.
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