After a decade away, Mel Gibson is finally returning to the director’s chair this year with the release of his World War II biopic Hacksaw Ridge. Of course, while Gibson has found great success behind the lens, he’s most well known for his performances in front of the camera.
Gibson’s breakthrough came in 1979 thanks his starring role in George Miller’s Mad Max, and the two would go onto collaborate on two additional Mad Max films in the 80s. However, the most recent entry in the series, 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, saw Tom Hardy take over the lead role, with Gibson having no involvement in the final product.
Gibson was asked about Fury Road by Collider’s Steve Weintraub during a recent video interview and rather than being bitter about not starring in Miller’s film, he praised the director’s work and like many others, seems to have been floored by the film’s high-octane action scenes.
“It’s visually spectacular. It’s crazy, but that’s George. He’s a scientist, he’s the Einstein of the edit and of being able to get the pieces necessary to make a truly compelling in-your-face action sequence.”
Although Gibson’s reputation has never quite recovered since his infamous 2006 tirade went public, his praise of Miller’s directorial style seems to indicate that he is still quite passionate about filmmaking. We’ll see if that passion translates into results when hits theaters this Friday, November 4th.