Mel Gibson's Advice for Aging Movie Stars
01.29.10 by BJSprecher
Mel Gibson may be getting up there in years, but to anyone who doubts his 54-year-old body can handle the rigors of headlining a thriller like Martin Campbell's Edge of Darkness, Gibson says:
I can still kick ass.
It's been eight years since Gibson starred in M. Night Shyamalan's Signs — years he spent producing, directing, and dealing with the fallout of his infamous Malibu rant. But, despite the mileage, Gibson says that he can still compete with younger actors, even offering up advice to other aging movie stars.
You can still do the rough house. You just have to book up the chiropractor in advance. Do it in advance — that would be my only advice. Works for me every time, sorts me out.
It's good advice, but Gibson's message comes a tad late to help out fellow '80s-action-movie alum Sylvester Stallone. Stallone recently admitted that he broke his neck while shooting a fight scene for his new movie, The Expendables.
In Edge of Darkness, Gibson plays a veteran detective in search of the truth behind the murder of his daughter (played by Bojana Novakovic), a revenge-fueled quest that reveals his daughter's dark secrets and the cover-ups that led to her death. Early reviews of the film are all across the board, with aggregate review site RottenTomatoes giving Edge of Darkness an average rating of 58%.