Share this story
Close X
Switch to Desktop Site


* The following comments are excerpted from a recent interview with actor and director Mel Gibson.

Although "The Man Without a Face" (see review, left) marks Mel Gibson's directing debut, he pleads a good case for prior experience.

About these ads

"I worked with the best directors when I was young," he says. "I hope I've learned by now when to trust actors on their own in a scene and when to take a strong hand with them."

Mr. Gibson is proud that his current project is a departure from his action pictures, such as the "Lethal Weapon" series.

Gibson, who plays a teacher in the new film, says, "I don't know why as a movie director I can't be an educator as well. Sure, the entertainment factor must always be No. 1, but there's got to be more to it than popcorn-munching.

"My movie is about looking past appearances to test the real worth of people.... In my business, we're always judged on appearances first. I wanted to make a statement against that, about looking past that.

"But I didn't want to preach at the top of my voice. I wanted a quiet movie, to speak in a quiet voice. I didn't grandstand it. We kept to a modest budget and didn't go in for car crashes or explosions or anything like that. Nobody kills anyone. I wanted to show how people have far more destructive weapons to hurt each other with, like gossip and slander."

Follow Stories Like This
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.