It goes without saying that Mel Gibson was once one of the biggest movie stars and directors in the world. He was the man that somehow turned The Passion of the Christ into an enormous box office success.
In fact, the man was well on his way to moving from being an A list actor to an A list director when the public outbursts started to haunt him. He had directed hits like Braveheart and Apocalypto (which survived through the first outburst- the DUI) and he was always dropping details on the exciting projects he had in store for people. He was a good director with a fresh take and still a leading man, so most of the films he dropped details about sounded quite good.
But, as details emerged about the man’s personal life and one mental breakdown led to another Gibson dropped from being an exciting actor and director to being a shunned Hollywood talent that needed a comeback.
Today, however, the man has had one too many public outbursts to make a real comeback. He may be personally disturbed, but the man knows how to make movies which makes it a shame then that he is probably forever condemned to occasional turns as villains in movies like Machete Kills and possibly The Expendables 3.
Here’s three films the once A list Mel Gibson planned on making before or during one of his many meltdowns that just won’t be happening anytime soon.
This article was first posted on July 27, 2013