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Mel Gibson : man on a mission

Author: Wensley Clarkson
Publisher: London : Blake, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Provides an in-depth glimpse into the life of an actor who, despite his up-front public persona, is a fiercely private man about whom little is really known.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Mel Gibson; Mel Gibson; Mel Gibson; Mel Gibson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wensley Clarkson
ISBN: 1857825373 9781857825374
OCLC Number: 56977462
Description: xvii, 348 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: I don't go in for personal heroes but I do have one, mu old man. My admiration for him cannot be measured --
Whenever they used to have raffles at home, I was the guy who won the turtle, And when my parents took us to Ireland for a family vacationb, walking down the streets of Bray, I used to find pound notes & stuff. I was always finding money --
You have to learn to play the game, not because you want to play the game, but because you want to know how to beat it --
Worst thing that can happen is you can screw up. I've done that before & it's not too damning. I've done some real stinkers. Luckily most were early on --
People who achieve minor success when they're so young should have a training school to go to. Someone ought to teach you how to handle it --
I don't go for that Freud stuff, It's a load of crap --
I get my ears boxed if I'm not home by midnight. Marriage is hard work --
When I was a little kid, my old man taught me the Ten Commandments. Then he said, now I'm going to tell you the eleventh. I said what was that? Thou salt no kid thyself, that's all. I knew what he meant. He lives by it --
I'd go into a bar, pull a few beers & put some scotch in like a depth charge --
I am being packaged here as if I were a hamburger, fat & tasty. The new sex symbol --
When I was 22 i was a right idiot. I guess when I'm 35 I'll think I was an idiot at 28. --
I used to misbehave a lot. I didn't have any direction. Does anyone? --
Hollywood is a factory. You have to realise that you're working in a factory & you're part of the mechanism. If you break down, you'll be replaced --
If I've still got my pants on in the second scene, I think they've sent me the wrong script --
I'm going to channel the maniac inside me. I'm going to get hold of it --
As an actor, you're an emotional prostitute, you get caught with your pants down. It's like putting your dick on a chopping block with the knowledge that no one is going to chop it off --
You quit drinking, you work much better. Your head is so clear --
My family means more to me than the artificial trappings of my career. If ever I had to choose between my career & my family, the wife & kids would definitely come out on top --
People must be sick of me, or they soon will be --
Heights attained by great men reached & kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companion slept, were tolling upwards in the night. Ladder of St Augustine : Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1858) --
Oh yeah you bet money's important, I need something to paper the walls with & money makes me laugh. Sometimes I just sit there & laugh ... roll around in it, count it --
Whenever I'm tempted to go back to my drinking days, I know I can turn to Robyn. One look at her & I know it's not worth it --
I think that the word feminism is bull, it's a term invented by some woman who got jilted --
When you become famous, you don't know that you can't go back to a normal life any more, that you've walked into a flytrap, that it's dark down there & that there is really no way out of it.
Responsibility: Wensley Clarkson.

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From cult screen actor to major movie director, Mel Gibson has firmly secured his place as a Hollywood player. His latest directorial project, The Passion of the Christ, has landed him centre stage  Read more...

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