Following his anti-Semitic remarks and very public verbal abuse of his then-girlfriend, actor/director Mel Gibson has mostly stayed out of the public eye. He starred in a direct-to-VOD film called Get the Gringo last year and he headlined The Beaver (which no one saw), but the collective memory of America is very short and that means it could be time for a Gibson comeback.
Showbiz411 is reporting that Gibson will play the villain in The Expendables 3, the upcoming entry in Sylvester Stallone’s ongoing ode to 80s action and 80s action movie stars. At one point, Stallone was eyeing Gibson to direct, but Red Hill filmmaker Patrick Hughes ended up scored the director’s chair for this installment. (Stallone himself helmed the first one, while Con Air director Simon West directed the much-better second entry.)
Previous entries have starred action icons like Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Chuck Norris, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, and Bruce Willis, and this newest movie just brought on new members Wesley Snipes, Milla Jovovich, Nicolas Cage, and Jackie Chan, so this cast should be massive. Jean-Claude Van Damme played the villain in the second entry and did a pretty fantastic job, so Gibson will have his work cut out for him trying to live up to that performance.
It should be noted that Gibson is already playing the villain in the insane-looking exploitation flick Machete Kills, so is playing two villains in different franchises so close together a good idea? With his not-so-hot status in Hollywood right now, I’m guessing Gibson doesn’t have too many options. Maybe his scenery-chewing will have the same effect that Tom Cruise’s portrayal of Les Grossman had for that actor when he started to rehabilitate his own image in Tropic Thunder. Time will tell, but The Expendables 3 will hit theaters on August 15th, 2014.
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