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"He is one of the most bankable, sought-after actors around. He can turn a room full of sophisticated women into a gaggle of autograph seeking schoolgirls. ("Mel Gibson." U*X*L Biographies. U*X*L, 2003. Student Resource Center. Thomson Gale. 24 April 2005 http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/SRC). You might be wondering who this mystery man is; well he is no other than the famous Mel Gibson. Born on January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York this American heart throb is a not only a traditional Catholic, a charitable renowned actor that stands up for what he believes in, but he is also an award winning director.
Gibson remains a devout, traditional Catholic; he's had a chapel built on his grounds. "Mel has donated ten million dollars to two Los Angeles hospitals. The Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are each receiving $5 million, which will reimburse the hospitals for medical care for children from foreign countries who are unable to receive it in their countries because it is either unavailable or unaffordable." ("Mel Gibson." Hollywood Reporter 13 October 2004. 15 April 2005 ) Mel is strong in his beliefs, he stands up for what he believes in, and in doing so I believe he proves as a wonderful example to many. For example "the Christian Coalition has commended Gibson for his firm stance against the proposition 71, which is the $3 Billion Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research initiative on the California Ballot." ("Christian Coalition Commends Mel Gibson for His Strong Stance Against Prop. 71-The $3 Billion Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Initiative on Calif. Ballot." US Newswire . 28 Oct. 2004. COMTEX News Network, Inc. 15 April 2005 .)
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson is child number six out of the eleven children belonging to Mr. Hutton and Mrs. Anne Gibson. Mr. Hutton Gibson was a brakeman for New York Central Railroad that believed New York City was not the best place to raise eleven children. With this belief in 1961 Mr. Hutton moved the family north to a nearby farmhouse at Mount Vision. In 1964 Mr. H. Gibson suffered a severe work accident, in which he lost his job as a brakeman for the New York Central Railroad. This incident forced the Gibson's to move into cheap rented accommodations, until the legal battle between Mr. H. Gibson and the New York Central Railroad could be settled. It took three years for justice to be found for Mr.
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- Mel Gibson "He is one of the most bankable, sought-after actors around. He can turn a room full of sophisticated women into a gaggle of autograph seeking schoolgirls. ("Mel Gibson." U*X*L Biographies. U*X*L, 2003. Student Resource Center. Thomson Gale. 24 April 2005 http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/SRC). You might be wondering who this mystery man is; well he is no other than the famous Mel Gibson. Born on January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York this American heart throb is a not only a traditional Catholic, a charitable renowned actor that stands up for what he believes in, but he is also an award winning director.... [tags: Mel Gibson Description ]
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- The film Braveheart directed and starred by Mel Gibson is based on the First War of Scottish Independence against England and is led by the Scottish warrior, William Wallace. This film depicts the life and the influence William Wallace had in 13th-century Scotland. Mel Gibson dramatizes the story so that the American audience will feel excitement and satisfaction with the film. Through the film’s inaccuracies’, Braveheart reveals the American view of masculinity, a desire for action and excitement over reality, importance of freedom and a desire to see the underdog.... [tags: Film Analysis, Masculinity]
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- The Passion of the Christ was directed by Mel Gibson and released in 2004. Briefly, the movie follows the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth who has proclaimed himself as the Son of God. In the movie, Jesus is condemned for spreading his monotheistic beliefs in the Roman Empire of 33 A.D. The Passion of the Christ shows many aspects of Roman civilization throughout the movie including roman government at the time, how large a role religion plays in the civilization, and class distinctions among the people.... [tags: film review]
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- The film Apocalypto directed by Mel Gibson is a depiction on how the Mayan and other mesoamerican tribes conflicted throughout time. The movie opens with Jaguar Paw the main protagonist who is on a hunt with his fellow tribesmen for food. Throughout this sequence they show teamwork and acrobatic skills showing off the dynamics of hunting. After they hunt they encounter a passing tribe whose village was just raided telling Jaguar that they are coming creating fear which is essentially the theme of the movie.... [tags: Maya civilization, Mayan languages, Maya peoples]
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- Countries vary in multiple ways. Some are big, some have mountains, some have dictators, some are as old as time. One thing that remains constant is the cultural pride and need for national identity in each. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, pride is the “delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship.” Therefore, it can be inferred that cultural pride is the love, appreciation, and elation for where a person comes from and the practices of that culture. For example, Americans take pride in everything that has been invented and accomplished in America.... [tags: cultural pride, national identity, Scottland]
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- The Passion of the Christ - The Pathetic Appeal of the Death of Jesus In February 2004, one day after the release of The Passion of the Christ, my girlfriend and I took our seats in the crowded theatre. I came into the night prepared to watch the death of Jesus Christ. However, I had no idea that I would actually be watching the death of Jesus Christ. For ten or more years prior to this night, I had always been told that Jesus had died on a cross for my sins. My parents, my Sunday school teachers, my friends’ parents, and my extended family had, at some time in my youth, told me the story of Jesus from the Gospels of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).... [tags: Reflective The Passion of the Christ]
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- Hamlet, a tragedy by William Shakespeare shows a lot of adaptations to movies. Hamlet by Mel Gibson (1990) and Kenneth Branagh (1996) interpret and portray the play by Shakespeare in different ways. The two film versions of Act IV of Hamlet have many differences and similarities. Kenneth Branagh’s version of Hamlet is seen covering most of the original text of Shakespeare’s play of Hamlet unlike the Mel Gibson version which omits many scenes and dialogues. The film version of Hamlet featuring Kenneth Branagh is a more successful production of Shakespeare’s play of Act IV according to its setting, editing choices and character portrayal.... [tags: Shakespeare film versions]
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- The Patriot starring Mel Gibson “The Patriot”, starring Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger, was one of the highest grossing films of 2000. Based upon the story of an ex-soldier turned father and farmer, “The Patriot” is set in South Carolina during the Revolutionary War. This critique on the film, however, is not based upon how monetarily successful it was, but rather on its historical accuracy. So the question arises, does “The Patriot” accurately portray the struggle between the colonies and Great Britain during the Revolutionary War.... [tags: Papers]
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- Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ Despite the rebuke of Jewish and Christian communities in our culture today, Jews and Christians have faced a thickening wall of inter-faith tension for quite a while; it is an issue our society does not often bring to the forefront among popular current events. However, the release of Mel Gibson’s film, The Passion of the Christ, not only drew out the results of this tension among Jewish and Christian communities, but also reinforced those age-old tensions in our society. Various Christian denominations have responded by bringing attention to their respective condemnations of anti-Semitism, and stressing the importance of inter-faith tranquility be... [tags: Movie Film Essays]
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- Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ Many Americans flocked to see Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion of the Christ.” On over 2.000 screens across America the viewed the “harrowing depiction of Jesus' last 12 hours in wide-screen vivid color.” (Allen 2004) People viewed images of Jesus being flogged, crucified and left to die. This violence caused some Christians discomfort with theology, and some Jews’ fear that it will “incite violence against them because of its portrayal of Jews’ involvement in Jesus’ death.” (Allen 2004) Despite all of these factors, people embraced the idea behind the movie.... [tags: Film Movies]
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An agent known as Bill Shannahan took on Mel. "Bill Shannahan, scored him a part in The Sullivan's. This was good exposure, but Mel hated TV work, believing time constraints meant little genuinely good work was done. To learn his craft, he joined the South Australia Theatre Company and toured with Waiting For Godot." (Wills, Dominic. "Mel Gibson Biography." The Complete List. tiscali.film & tv. 20 April 2005 .) Mel Gibson made a name for himself when starring in the film Mad Max. Mel played Max Rockatansky, an ex-cop fighting evil bikers. While it originally bombed in the United States, Mad Max was a hit around the world, earning more than one hundred million dollars. ("Mel Gibson." 20 April 2005 .) Mel Gibson has starred in many films. Such as "Tim, Gallipoli, The Year of Living Dangerously, The Bounty, The River, Mrs. Soffel, Hamlet, Forever Young, The Man Without a Face, Braveheart, Attack Force Z, Ransom, Conspiracy Theory, The Patriot, and We Were Soldiers" ("Yahoo." Yahoo Movies. 20 April 2005 .)And many, many more.
Mel C. G. Gibson has done so many things in his lifetime. He is also an award-winning director. He even started his own production company, which he named Icon Productions. He has directed such television shows and movies as Complete Savages, The Man Without a Face, Braveheart, and the cherry on top of the sundae The Passion of the Christ. The film The Passion of the Christ is what is referred to as a controversial film, for the truth that it depicts. Gibson demolished box office records with this film, when it opened in February, grossing upward of $370.3 million in the United States alone. (McIntyre, Gina. "Mel Gibson." Hollywood Reporter 11 October 2004: s10.) Mel has had much more trouble with this film then he could have hoped for. For not only has he had trouble from Hollywood, religious groups who fear it will create anti-Semitism, but he's had trouble from PETA as well. "Despite vicious attacks from media critics and conspicuous snubs from Hollywood insiders, Mel Gibson and his enormously successful film, The Passion of the Christ, received more vindication at the 31st annual People's Choice Awards on January 9. The Passion won the People's Choice Award for best motion picture drama for 2004. In what is one of the most blatant examples of artistic censorship, Gibson and The Passion were almost completely shut out of the various awards programs held in January and were not even mentioned by most major media critics in their annual "Top 10 Movies" lists."(Report, Insider. "Though snubbed by Hollywood, The Passion is still the People's Choice." The New American 7 Feb 2004. 20 April 2005 http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/SRC?txba=Mel+Gibson&vrsn=3.0&slb=SU&locID=tlc049102505&srchtp=basic&c=6&ste=22&tbst=ts_bsc&tab=2&docNum=A128447765&fail=0&bConts=15) "It's a fitting compliment to Gibson's perseverance of vision. Despite the controversy surrounding "The Passion" from its start, producer/ director/co-screenwriter Gibson ignored nay-Sayers and completed the film on his own terms--shooting the project in not one but two foreign languages, Latin and Aramaic (neither of which are currently spoken anywhere in the world) and depicting the final hours in the life of Jesus Christ with unflinching brutality. Upon its theatrical release, "Passion" divided critics and captivated audiences." (McIntyre, Gina. "Mel Gibson." Hollywood Reporter 11 October 2004: s10.) "PETA, PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS, claim it's immoral for Christians to raise and kill "God's creatures" for food. PETA staged a daylong demonstration outside his BEARTOOTH RANCH, and plan to picket a screening of the movie at the UA UNION SQUARE THEATRE in New York." ("PETA TARGET GIBSON'S PASSION." 01 March 2004. 20 April 2005 .)
Mel Gibson makes for a wonderful role model, he's had a past and he has a future. He's made mistakes and corrected them. He has "taken the road less traveled" (Robert Frost) and stepped out of the shadows in a world where that is a rare thing to do.
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