Mel Gibson Interview; Talks MAD MAX 4 and He’s Using Old Norse in His Viking Movie With Leonardo DiCaprio

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Earlier today I attended a press conference with Mel Gibson as he’s out promoting his new film Edge of Darkness (which I really liked).  During the Q&A, he talked about his involvement in Mad Max 4 and he gave us some new details on his Viking movie.

Regarding Mad Max 4, Gibson said, “At one point I was involved and it fell to bits and then this and that…so now it’s probably gone through a lot of changes and I can’t wait to see it.”  Does that mean he’s definitely not in it?  Hard to say.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he still does a cameo of some kind.

But the big news came when he was talking about his Viking movie.  While we reported about a month ago that he was developing a Viking film with screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed) and it was going to star Leonardo DiCaprio, what we didn’t know is that he’s going for absolute realism!  When we asked what language would be used in the film, Gibson told us:

“I think it’s going to be English – the English that would have been spoken back then – and Old Norse.  Whatever the 9th century had to offer.  I’m going to give you real.”

More after the jump:

mel_gibson_image__2_.jpgWhat was also interesting to learn is Gibson’s first idea for a film was a Viking movie.  He told us:

“The very first idea I ever had about making a film…my first thought about ever being a filmmaker was when I was sixteen years old and I wanted to make a Viking movie.  And I wanted to make it in old Norse, which I was studying at the time.  It’s odd because at that age that’s a stupidly ridiculous idea cause how will I ever be a filmmaker.  It’s just some kind of romantic pipe dream.  But that was the first big, epic, wacky idea I ever had was to show Viking real.”

So anyone thinking this project isn’t important to Gibson…think again.  This is clearly a passion project and he’s going to go Passion of the Christ in terms of realism and language.  I cannot wait.  Here’s exactly what he said on Mad Max 4 and the Viking movie.

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Question: Have you talked to George Miller about Mad Max 4?

Mel Gibson:  I’ve talked to George…yeah. We talk all the time anyway.  I’m abreast of that.  He’s been trying to do this for years – the 4th installment.  At one point I was involved and it fell to bits and then this and that…so now it’s probably gone through a lot of changes and I can’t wait to see it cause everything he does is magic.  There is a touch of genius about George.  Probably any good trick I’ve learned I got from George and Peter Weir.

What are you doing next?

Gibson:  I’m working with Graham on the Viking movie.  The very first idea I ever had about making a film…my first thought about ever being a filmmaker was when I was sixteen years old and I wanted to make a Viking movie.  And I wanted to make it in old Norse, which I was studying at the time.  It’s odd because at that age that’s a stupidly ridiculous idea cause how will I ever be a filmmaker.  It’s just some kind of romantic pipe dream.  But that was the first big, epic, wacky idea I ever had was to show Viking real.

mel_gibson_image.jpgDoes that mean the Viking movie will be in English or in old Norse?

Gibson:  I think it’s going to be English – the English that would have been spoken back then – and Old Norse.  Whatever the 9th century had to offer.  I’m going to give you real.

Is that really important to you.

Gibson:  I want a Viking to scare you.  I don’t want a Viking to say, “I’m going to die with a sword in my hand.”  I don’t want to hear that.  It pulls the rug out from under you.  I want to see somebody who I have never seen before speaking low guttural German who scares the living shit out of me coming up to my house.  What is that like?  What would that have been like?

How hard is that going to be to cast apart from Leo?

Gibson:  He’ll be amazing.  He’s a great actor.




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  • InfiniteMonkey

    Love the Viking Idea. I think the realism is coming in spades!

  • Turntable

    ISNT SOMETHING MISSING HERE?
    its like that interview was cut off right as it started.. i am looking for page 2 and 3 but i see none.. thats weird..

  • ALMA LETICIA

    WHAT PRETTY INTERWEIOUS MEL GIBSON
    I LOVE YOU.

  • ALMA LETICIA

    sorry is interviews

  • Nenad K.

    How hard is that going to be to cast apart from Leo?

    Gibson: He’ll be amazing. He’s a great actor.

    That doesn't look like the answer to the question….

  • http://twitter.com/TheBearPaw Nerijus Dovidauskas

    Gibson is the real deal!

  • NightAvatar

    Funny how he dodges the last question. Maybe he misunderstood?

    I can't wait for his Viking movie. I love all of his films.

  • Cesc

    Me too. Maybe it's becuase I'm using Chrome? Annoying. Anyway. Look forward to the Viking movie, since being a Norwegian Viking myself. Aaaarg!! hehe….

  • secretcelebrity

    Hollywood is Hollywood, but Mad Max is'nt, and won't be Mad Max without Mel in the picture. True, George is a genious…but 99.9% of everyone who enjoyed the first three installments keep saying the same thing over and over: “It's not Mad Max without Gibson!” Instead of trying to change the spots on a leopard…it's like trying to change the spots on the Sun making Mad Max 4 without Gibson. Come on Mel! Do George, and all your fans of Mad Max a big favor, and play Max. If You did, It's a fact that millions of people would flock to the theaters to watch the “REAL” Max in action…and that spells out MILLIONS of dollars made as well!! I rest my case.

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree

  • secretcelebrity

    Mad Max 4 is'nt, and won't be Mad Max 4 without Mel! Too bad…Mad Max 4 could be great for Mel, George, and all Mel's fan base as well. Not to mention the MILLIONS of dollars made too. I rest my case. Ehhh!

  • secretcelebrity

    Hollywood is Hollywood, but Mad Max is'nt, and won't be Mad Max without Mel in the picture. True, George is a genious…but 99.9% of everyone who enjoyed the first three installments keep saying the same thing over and over: “It's not Mad Max without Gibson!” Instead of trying to change the spots on a leopard…it's like trying to change the spots on the Sun making Mad Max 4 without Gibson. Come on Mel! Do George, and all your fans of Mad Max a big favor, and play Max. If You did, It's a fact that millions of people would flock to the theaters to watch the “REAL” Max in action…and that spells out MILLIONS of dollars made as well!! I rest my case.

  • secretcelebrity

    Mad Max 4 is'nt, and won't be Mad Max 4 without Mel! Too bad…Mad Max 4 could be great for Mel, George, and all Mel's fan base as well. Not to mention the MILLIONS of dollars made too. I rest my case. Ehhh!

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  • Mad Max

    To confirm your suspicions, Mel is not in Mad Max 4, Miller believes he is too old. Why can't we show a now aging and tiring apocalyptic survivor, wandering years after his adventures at Bartertown. Max was left out in the desert by Aunt Entity, why not skip years into the aftermath of this. Nevertheless, I will see this movie.

  • a fan

    just like all the remakes that they do it will never live up to mel

  • Ben

    A Viking movie… Hmmm… So, did Mel consider hiring Dolph Lundgren, Ulrich Thomsen, Stellan Skarsgard, Mads Mikkelsen, Uma Thurman, Max von Sydow, Connie Nielsen, Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Scarlett Johansson, etc.? Just a thought. It might be a good idea to actually have Scandinavian and/or Scandinavian-American actors in the cast somewhere. They don’t have to be 100% Nordic, just some of them should be, or close to it. After all, we are going for realism, aren’t we? That, and the brutality and bloodlust of the Viking warriors, etc.

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  • kas

    Its not mad max without Mel, how could it be otherwise?? ill never go and see it

  • Peter-John Maart

    please do not call it Mad Max 4 it will not work if Mel Gibson is not in it, i hav the whole collection of the Mad Max movies so for me to watch the fourth one with some other actor in it will definately not be the same. O Please George Miller call it sumtin else like Dessert Hooligans. look at how the Superman movie failed though the man died was not the same.

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