It’s been a rough few years for Mel Gibson, and if the box office performance of The Beaver is any indication, audiences still aren’t ready to forgive him for past transgressions. Because of that, Gibson lives in something akin to Hollywood limbo – he’s still working, but if no one wants to see the films, that won’t last for long.
In what is perhaps the biggest blow to the star’s ego yet, his latest film – Get the Gringo (formerly How I Spent my Summer Vacation) is going straight to VOD. Ouch.
We’ve got a new trailer for the feature – which looks kind of silly. Gibson plays a guy named Driver who has a body loaded with money in his backseat. Unfortunately, while running from the border patrol, he crashes into Mexico – where he’s promptly arrested and thrown in jail. Driver then has to get out of prison, get his money back, and beat up a lot of bad men.
The trailer is filled with standard action-comedy fare and it’s hard not to shake the feeling that Gibson is just playing a slightly different version of Lethal Weapon’s Martin Riggs. One thing we did notice – Gibson sure does get punched a lot in this preview – like maybe he thinks if the audience watches him take a beating they’ll start to feel sorry for him.
Interested parties can view Get the Gringo on May 1st.
If you’re looking for more trailers to brighten up your Tuesday morning, we’ve got this new clip from HBO’s upcoming political drama Game Change for your perusal. Written and directed by the team behind Recount, this film follows the meteoric rise of Sarah Palin after she was selected to be John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 Presidential Election. Julianne Moore plays Palin and now joins Tina Fey in the “actresses who do a really great Sarah Palin impersonation” category. Ed Harris’ McCain is no slouch either.
Game Change airs on HBO starting this March.
If you’ve watched a few Wes Anderson films, then you’ve undoubtedly already realized that the filmmaker has some recurring stylistic flourishes that turn up in all of his work. One of the most instantly recognizable is the director’s love of overhead shots of people’s hands. Now, thanks to YouTube user Kogonada, you can see every one of them in the span of 45 seconds. I think we can all agree that videos like this are precisely the reason why Al Gore invented the Internet. Enjoy.