One thing Mel Gibson hasn’t been accused of over the years is being someone who holds back, the actor and filmmaker probably wouldn’t be in the public reputation purgatory he’s in now if he knew how to bite his tongue.
Talking with Deadline at the Venice Film Festival to promote “Hacksaw Ridge,” Gibson did give Hollywood a bit of a serve over the spending on terrible blockbusters, a point that’s not all that wrong. One film though he singles out in particular in his answer:
“I look at them and scratch my head. I’m really baffled by it. I think there’s a lot of waste but maybe if I did one of those things with the green screens I’d find out different. I don’t know. Maybe they do cost that much. I don’t know. It seems to me that you could do it for less… if you’re spending outrageous amounts of money, $180 million or more, I don’t know how you make it back after the tax man gets you, and after you give half to the exhibitors.”
He then went on to ask “What did they spend on ‘Batman v Superman’ that they’re admitting to?”. When advised it was $250 million he quipped “and it’s a piece of s–t.” So no chance of him in a Marvel or DC comic in the future?
“I’m not interested in the stuff. Do you know what the difference between real superheroes and comic book superheroes is? Real superheroes didn’t wear spandex. So I don’t know. Spandex must cost a lot.”
Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” opens on November 4th.