Watch the Mayan epic before the Mayan prophecy (possibly) comes true.
Yesterday's MovieMovie saw Mel Gibson co-star alongside Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon and Lethal Weapon 2, while today's MovieMovie concentrates on Gibson's directing career. Following a re-airing of both Lethal Weapon and Lethal Weapon 2 is Apocalypto, Gibson's controversial 2006 follow-up to The Passion of the Christ.
Co-written with Farhad Safinia (Starz' Boss), Apocalypto was Gibson's attempt to "shake up the stale action-adventure genre" with a story set entirely in the Maya civilization. The bloody epic drew complaints from those that felt the Maya were depicted as too savage, but whether you agree with that assessment or not, Gibson admitted that he had other motives than simply commenting on Mayan culture. "What I'm doing is creating an action adventure of mythic proportions," Gibson told The LA Times in 2005. "I'm hoping that by focusing on this civilization we're able to be introspective about ourselves." apocalypto
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Ever since his notorious Malibu tirade, Mel Gibson can't seem to steer clear of controversy. Recently spotted in Veracruz, Mexico, the intended location for part of his next movie, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Gibson was the target of a large contingent of protestors last weekend.
Veracruz Governor Fidel Herrera announced last month that inmates at one prison were going to be shipped off to an undisclosed location to accommodate Gibson's shoot. According to Variety, when officers were seen taking pictures outside the prison on Sunday, upwards of 300 friends and family members of inmates gathered outside, protesting and waving signs, some of which read, "Mel Gibson, it's your fault they are moving our family members" and "Don't take them away, they aren't animals."
Written by and starring Gibson, How I Spent My Summer Vacation tells the story of a career criminal who learns to survive inside a dangerous Mexican prison with the help of a nine-year-old boy. Principal photography is expected to begin in March, with the shoot being split between Veracruz and San Diego. Adrian Grunberg, Gibson's first assistant director on Apocalypto, will helm the movie. Posted 01.02.10 by BrentJS