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February 20, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 20, 2009 |

Who’s excited about seeing America’s favorite anti-Semite — the cuddly, adorable, huggalicious Mel Gibson back on film? After a six-year hiatus in front of the camera, in which Gibson spent some directing Jesus porn, hanging out in rehab facilities, and denying the Holocaust, Gibson will return to the big-screen in The Edge of Darkness, the latest crime thriller set in Boston. Because, obviously, the only children in the country who are killed or abducted are in Boston. It’s the corollary to The Curse of the Bambino — once the Red Sox won the World Series, Boston children became seven-times more susceptible to cinematic crime. I saw it on Wikipedia. Of course, it could be that South Boston is one of the few safe havens for Mel Gibson in this country, although I bet the man didn’t step foot in Brookline (my “if money didn’t matter” dream city. Challah!)

Anyway, the movie — based on a BBC miniseries which was undoubtedly much better, if only for the lack of Gibson — is about a Boston homicide detective whose child is murdered on the front steps of his home. In the midst of his investigation, he finds out his dead daughter was involved in a corporate cover-up. William Monahan (Departed) wrote the screenplay. Warner Brothers just picked up the film, which is currently in post-production. It also stars Ray Winston, Danny Huston, Shawn Roberts, and a bunch of people you’ve never heard of who really needed a paycheck. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, The Mask of Zorro) directed. Coincidentally, he also directed the miniseries.

Clearly, Gibson didn’t get the memo on career rehabilitation. You must first star in a Ben Stiller comedy — it’s penance, man. Although, it is interesting to note that Mel Gibson was basically responsible for Robert Downey’s eventual comeback — Gibson cast him in The Singing Detective when no other insurance company would back him. That led to a series of other roles, which eventually got him to Iron Man. I’m a little (pleasantly) surprised that Downey hasn’t thrown Gibson a bone out of simply loyalty.

I've Seen The Passion 34 Times! / Dustin Rowles

Industry | February 20, 2009 |

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