Hollywood is crazy. I thought I’d get that out of the way. It’s a business made up of creative egos, and when you combine the two together, it’s possible to create a perfect storm of ridiculousness. One man who is considered to be one of those creative egos is Mel Gibson. Don’t get us wrong, the man knows his way around a camera like nobody’s business. But oftentimes, when people speak about Mel Gibson’s talent, it comes with a giant asterisk.
If you’ll recall, some years ago, Gibson landed in some hot water due to his racist comments, and until Hacksaw Ridge came out late last year, there had been very little news regarding Gibson in the industry. Sure, he popped up in The Expendables 3, but apart from that, it was virtually radio silent. Following those comments, it took the industry some time to put another feature in his hands.
But don’t think that his controversial behavior only started recently, and now, a new story regarding Mel Gibson’s unpredictable personality has just surfaced. According to THR editor Stephen Galloway’s upcoming book Leading Lady (via Yahoo! Movies), Gibson had another interesting episode prior to the production of Braveheart.
The budget for Gibson’s upcoming film was to be split between 20th Century Fox and Paramount, with Fox coughing up two-thirds of a $70 million budget, and Paramount putting forth one-third. However, when Bill Bernstein over at Paramount offered only $15 million — about $8 million short of what they were supposed to be getting, Gibson’s reaction was a decidedly measured one.
"He grabbed a large glass ashtray and threw it through the wall. He threw the ashtray through the wall!"
Gibson recounted his feelings in the moment.
"I was like, 'What the f*** do you people mean? I turned down three jobs — blah, blah, blah.' I was kind of upset, probably a little over the top. It was all posturing bulls***.”
I think one could objectively classify that as an overreaction. Generally speaking, I’m not sure throwing an ashtray through the wall is good for business. That being said, it all seemed to work out. Paramount ended up paying one-third of a decidedly lower budget of $54 million, which is around what the film was made for, and Braveheart went on to become the best film of the that year.
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SOURCE: Yahoo! Movies