Its not been the best of times recently for poor old Mel Gibson, his latest film Get the Gringo, or How I Spent my Summer Vacation here in the UK, bypassed US theatres and went straight to VOD. Not only that, Gibson was also accused of derailing a planned film about a 2nd Century BC Jewish revolt for antisemitic reasons by screenwriter Joe Eszterhas.
However, here in the UK, How I Spent my Summer Vacation will arrive in cinemas on 11th May, and I think it look terrific. On top of that I found his previous film, The Beaver, to be very good indeed. So, things are up and down for the troubled star, but things are about to go way up!
After early rumours Robert Rodriguez has now cast Mel Gibson in his latest sequel, Machete Kills. With Danny Trejo returning (naturally) as Machete, and both Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez also returning, Machete Kills will allow Gibson to really flex his madness, and hopefully let it all out. Consider the role as a bit of therapy for Gibson, who clearly has some issues these days. I reckon the role will do him good, and with the rumours going round that Gibson will be playing a villain, it is time to look at the synopsis and have a think as to who he will be playing:
“The new film finds Machete recruited by the U.S. Government for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man. Machete must battle his way through Mexico to take down a madman cartel leader and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war across the planet with a weapon in space. Machete takes on an army in an effort to dismantle a plan for global anarchy”
I can see Gibson as the mental arms dealer, the role would suit him perfectly. Either way, whatever role he plays, this is great news not only just for Gibson, but for Machete Kills as a whole. Fans are dying to see what Machete gets up to next, and I reckon the sequel will smash the original film both in box office takings, and in its brilliance.
Production is expected to begin very shortly, with Robert Rodriguez directing. However, the busy director is in a bit of a pickle, as he is also currently working on Sin City 2. Two of the biggest films of the year, both in production at around the same time cannot be an easy job for Rodriguez, and he understands the pressures he is under:
Currently I am directing [Machete Kills],” said Rodriguez, who co-directed the first film with Ethan Maniquis after conceiving the character for a fake trailer as part of his Grindhouse project with Quentin Tarantino. “But we’re checking to see if there’s going to be the need for another director if I have to go off and do Sin City. I wasn’t sure what the timing on Sin City was or if I would have to step off to do Sin City at a certain point, depending on when Machete went. But Machete looks like it’s going to go pretty quickly so it’s possible that I will direct the whole thing.
“It’s so subjective I feel like I really need to get in there and do it,” he added. “It’s just a lot of fun; it’s a really cool concept, and I think it takes it to another level in a way that’s compelling for me to go and do it myself.”
More on this as it develops.
(Source: The Guardian)
By Matt Wavish