Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an actor, film director, producer and screenwriter. He was born in Peekskill, New York, moved with his parents to Sydney, Australia, when he was 12 years old, and later studied acting at the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art.
After appearing as an action hero during the 1980s, Gibson went on to found Icon Entertainment, a Production Company which independent film director Atom Egoyan has called, “an alternative to the studio system.”
In 1995, Gibson produced, directed, and starred in the Academy Award-winning Braveheart. In 2004, he directed and produced The Passion of the Christ, a controversial film depicting the last hours in the life of Jesus Christ.
1. A WOMAN SHOULD BE HOME WITH THE CHILDREN, BUILDING THAT HOME AND MAKING SURE THERE’S A SECURE FAMILY ATMOSPHERE.
2. I DON’T MAKE THINGS COMPLICATED, THAT’S THE WAY THEY GET ALL BY THEMSELVES.
3. ACTING IS LIKE LYING. THE ART OF LYING WELL. I’M PAID TO TELL ELABORATE LIES.
4. I WAS SPIRITUALLY BANKRUPT, AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS, IT’S LIKE A SPIRITUAL CANCER AFFLICTS YOU.
5. ABOVE ALL, FILM IS A BUSINESS… INDEPENDENCE IS A REALLY COOL THING AS YOU CAN BE A BIT MORE BOLD, AND TAKE A FEW MORE CHANCES WITH WHAT YOU DO.
6. I HAVE LEARNED THAT A BITTER EXPERIENCE CAN MAKE YOU STRONGER.
7. I’LL ALWAYS CONTINUE TO WORK. I’VE NEVER MUCH DEPENDED ON ANYONE BUT MYSELF, AS FAR AS THAT GOES.
8. I’M ALWAYS WRITING. THERE IS ALWAYS A STORY BREWING IN MY HEAD.
9. I’LL ALWAYS CONTINUE TO WORK. I’VE NEVER MUCH DEPENDED ON ANYONE BUT MYSELF, AS FAR AS THAT GOES.
10. I’M ALWAYS WRITING. THERE IS ALWAYS A STORY BREWING IN MY HEAD.
11. I DO MODERATE EXERCISE, AND I TRY TO EAT PRETTY WELL, AND I THINK IT HAS AN EFFECT ON ME.
12. I DON’T THINK THE AUDIENCE ALWAYS LISTENS TO THE CRITICS. THAT’S BEEN PROVEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN.
13. FEMINISTS DON’T LIKE ME, AND I DON’T LIKE THEM.
14. I COULD EASILY NOT ACT AGAIN. IT’S NOT A PROBLEM.
15. I DON’T CARE IF I DON’T ACT ANYMORE.
16. I LIKE GOING IN TO DIFFERENT STYLES OF ACTING AND EXPLORING STUFF I HAVEN’T DONE BEFORE.
17. I THINK DIGITAL WILL DISPLACE FILM, YES. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT DIGITAL AS A THING OF THE FUTURE, BUT I’M AFRAID THAT IT’S HERE.
18. I THINK EVERYTHING IS PRETTY WELL PREORDAINED – EVEN YOUR MISTAKES.
19. I’VE NEVER TREATED ANYONE BADLY OR IN A DISCRIMINATORY WAY BASED ON THEIR GENDER, RACE, RELIGION OR SEXUALITY – PERIOD.
20. IT’S ALL HAPPENING TOO FAST. I’VE GOT TO PUT THE BRAKES ON OR I’LL SMACK INTO SOMETHING.
21. MY BIGGEST WEAKNESS IS THAT I’M EXCESSIVE. FORTUNATELY FOR EVERYONE CONCERNED, I’M NOT AS EXCESSIVE AS I USED TO BE.
22. MARRIAGE IS MARRIAGE. EVERYBODY HAS PROBLEMS.
23. WRITING IS A HARD GIG, AND IT’S HARD TO CONVEY A LOT. THAT’S WHY SCRIPTS TEND TO BE A LITTLE BIT OVERWRITTEN.
24. I’M AS VAIN AS THE NEXT GUY. I HAVE A FACADE ON RIGHT NOW. BUT YOU CAN’T SEE IT, BECAUSE IT’S REALITY-BASED.
25. IF I’VE STILL GOT MY PANTS ON IN THE SECOND SCENE, I THINK THEY’VE SENT ME THE WRONG SCRIPT.
26. IT’S AMAZING HOW POWERFUL A PIECE OF WORK CAN BE AND HOW IT CAN INFLUENCE PEOPLE AND CHANGE. IT’S PRETTY INTERESTING.