Advance copies arrived of Mel Gibson‘s new autobiography Sad and Angry and Studio Exec was given exclusive permission to publish extracts.
From Chapter One: My Family:
We were a normal family. Dad was on Jeopardy! I remember that clearly. But other than that, he was a hard working guy who raised us well. And mom was always there for us. I suppose that’s where we got our values from. After we moved from New York to Australia, I must have been about 12 we probably became closed as a family. dad would come home, exhausted from denying the Holocaust happened and we’d play Battleships on the kitchen table. I was always Admiral Donitz.
Chapter Four: Mad Max:
When I first met George Miller, he was a young director with hardly a penny to his name but he had a dream. ‘Mel,’ he said. ‘I really wanna make a film about a talking pig, but as the technology isn’t here yet, we’re gonna do some crap with cars instead.’ As our relationship matured and the Mad Max films achieved increasing commercial and critical success, so George ambitions began to get out of hand. One day he pulled me aside just before a scene with Tina Turner: ‘Penguins Mel,’ he told me tears sprang into his eyes. ‘Dancing penguins.’
Chapter Six: Gallipoli:
Peter Weir is man with a fearsome intellect and someone you don’t want to get on the wrong side of. He always had problems with me from the very first day of the shoot and it was inevitable we’d argue. You have to remember at that point I still had a broad New York accent and my Australian accent was the result of hard work with the dialogue coach, Andy Spain. Weir never missed an opportunity to remark in everyone’s hearing how my accent was lousy and I should have been replaced by a real Australian. Ironically, I would have exactly the same problem but in reverse with Richard Donner on Lethal Weapon.
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