Skip to comments.Gibson inspired by 'fear-mongering' Bush (Mel Gibson)
Posted on 05/12/2006 8:55:00 AM PDT by doesnt suffer fools gladly
Film star and director Mel Gibson has launched a scathing attack on US President George W Bush, comparing his leadership to the barbaric rulers of the Mayan civilisation in his new film Apocalypto.
The epic, due for release later this year, captures the decline of the Maya kingdom and the slaughter of thousands of inhabitants as human sacrifices in a bid to save the nation from collapsing.
Gibson reveals he used present day American politics as an inspiration, claiming the government callously plays on the nation's insecurities to maintain power.
He tells British film magazine Hotdog, "The fear-mongering we depict in the film reminds me of President Bush and his guys".
Exactly. His movies put me off for this reason.
Revenge and martyrdom has been a constant thematic interest of his. Even Hamlet...
Nonsense. He said something about it being the Roman style.
Yeah, that's what I thought. It did show the resurrection - at least in some form.
Now, he needs the libs, so hey, bash Bush! That always works.
Is he even American?
"I agree with both of them on some issues and disagree with both of them on others."
I'm sorry, but you're not allowed to have sane, rational, well thought out opinions on political blogs.
I'm in the middle sometimes too. I hope I'm logical or rational some of the time if not most of the time.
When did all these actors suddenly become political geniuses?
Isn't "Apocaloco" entirely is some Mayan dialect? That should be a big hit.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker said that last year, but did anybody listen?
He should have consulted with Tom Cruise before shooting off his mouth.
The resurrection scenes at the end of the movie were the most powerful part of the movie.
You ought to watch it again.
I never thought about it that way but you are right.
It is amusing who all the Gibson fans suddenly turn on him when he dares to criticize our sainted president.
He's being sarcastic, right?
Even some Dems have let slip that the Administration is downplaying the dangers we face.
"Mad Max 4: Thunder Beyond the Retirement Home."
Talented in what way? Acting?
I don't think I could watch it again and apparently I really did fall asleep before the end because I don't remember much of the movie except the beatings.
He seems to be doing this deliberately. An earlier interview on the movie set also showed symptoms of wanting to please the Hollywood Left, although not quite as grotesquely as this.
Well, I must say I think he's being very stupid. He will find it easier to offend his many conservative admirers than to mend relations with the liberals, who frankly will never forgive him. His career is likely to deteriorate from here, I'm afraid.
The story of conservatives who betray their beliefs and turn left is generally not a happy one. Ask that traitor from The American Spectator.
Too bad. Well, I'll still consider seeing the movie after I've seen a few reviews of it by people I trust. Unfortunately not many of those are still in the movie reviewing business, especially since Terry Teachout quit writing for Crisis Magazine.
No. He said something to the effect that "you can sit in this and eat from here", implying that it was his creation, his improvement over the reclined dining of the day.
Insisting that Bush doesn't actually commit human sacrifices is far from being a Bushbot. There's legitimate criticism (spending too much, illegal immigration policies...) then there's insane criticism. That's what this is.
And the trend continues.
In case you have forgotten over the past five years but 9/11 caused nearly 3,000 deaths. This was on OUR soil. We had more death there than PEARL HARBOR. Try NOT to forget THAT.
Use it as a frisbee or coaster.
This reminds me of Anne Coulter's jumping-the-shark moment with regards to her blind acceptance of absurd ID/Creationism.
Sure. And we are much more likely to die of old age. I am not being rhetorical here...but...do you see a difference between being killed in an automobile accident and being killed by someone with a car bomb?
But they say that about everyone.
Still ... he struck me as being a tad rational and conservative ... geesh!
I think Braveheart and Passion are both brilliant movies. As a film director myself, I know how difficult it is to make a good movie. Gibson is incredibly talented. That doesn't mean I share his politics - whatever they may be. Although he is very passionately pro-life, and I agree with him 100% on that.
He's an excellent actor, but I think even a better director. Both Braveheart and Passion I think are very great movies.
I liked Gibson in his early Australian films. After he went "mainstream", it did seem that he only played nutty characters. It got to a point where I could barely stand to watch him. Besides the Lethal Weapon films, he was nutty as Fletcher Christian in The Bounty. He was a nuttier than usual Hamlet as well.
I think it was Braveheart that brought back some respect for him, though he was a tad nutty in that. Whether his nuttiness on film is a reflection of his own personality, or merely the result of his not having a very large bag of actor tricks from which to draw, I do not know.
His original idea to film The Passion in dead languages WITHOUT subtitles was nutty, too, IMO.
I think his remarks are more "Gibson-weirdness" than Hollyweirdness.
Doesn't take long for the flock to turn and start pecking someone's eyes out, does it? I plan to hold on to all my Mel movies--which is quite a collection--go see "Apocalypto" and ignore the fumings by the press and FReepers as well. Besides, how does anyone know what Gibson actually said? Were they in the room?
I see your point.
He strikes me as being very confused. Against abortion is thumbs UP with me too however his politics leans VERY LEFT with this announcement.
Don't worry, it'll be a huge hit with the Aztlan crowd........
One less movie to go watch.
More and more I see Gibson as a heterosexual Tom Cruise.
I'm guilty of the blaspheme of not seeing "The Passion" but I read the book and know how it ends.
Perhaps, but it was probably the closest thing to what actually occurred during the last day of Jesus' earthly life than any movie before it. Scourging and crucifiction are bloody and brutal.
Why does every day feel like we are only two weeks before a Presidential election. Bush won... get the #$%^ over it already. Everyone complains about Bush yet ignores the "real" threats that exists in this world.
I agree. If it's a good movie I'll see it no matter what his politics are. If it's a bad movie I won't see it. Sean Penn makes some very good movies. According to some I shouldn't see them because he's liberal. So what? I watch movies for entertainment - not to make a statement.
I call BS. Where's the rest of the interview, it's not at the link?
I'll buy that. I have to kick myself for reading these articles on movie stars. I would so much prefer not to know their personal views.
Hey, the loon who brought y'all the "Passion" movie. Mel has run off the rails here but it sounds like a movie worth going to the theater for (haven't been to one for months)
This is nothing. There is some truth in the idea that all politicians use fear-mongering -- or bribery.
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