How I Spent my Summer Vacation - out May 11 - Mel Gibson: Career Retrospective

May 4 2012

It’s been a bad day for Driver (Gibson) and it’s not getting any better. He just made a big haul of millions that would give him a nice summer vacation on easy street. A good idea that went south – literally.

During a high-speed car chase with the US Border Patrol, and a bleeding body in his back seat, Driver flips his car smashing through the border wall, tumbling violently, coming to a stop … in Mexico. Apprehended by the Mexican authorities, he is sent to a hard-core prison where he enters the strange and dangerous world of “El Pueblito”, the worst prison in all of Mexico. Not an easy place for an outsider such as Driver to survive, unless it’s with the help of someone who knows the ropes - a 10 year-old kid.

To celebrate the release of How I Spent My Summer Vacation, an action packed drama out in cinemas on May 11th, let’s take a look at Mel Gibson’s career over the years and his many talents; Mel Gibson not only stars in this blockbuster but has also produced the film as well!

Lethal Weapon

Back in 1987, Mel Gibson hit the big screen in the first of four Lethal Weapon films as the infamous homicidal cop, Riggs. After being paired with fellow cop Murtaugh, things don’t start out too well for the dynamic duo on their quest for justice. With big hair and an even bigger ego, Gibson displays he is a force to reckon with, expecting bigger and better things to come in the future. Lethal Weapon 2 was released two years later followed by Lethal Weapon 3 in 1992 and Lethal Weapon in 1998, over ten years since the duo were sent on their first assignment.

Braveheart

Mel Gibson brings legendary figure William Wallace to life against the backdrop of the Scottish highlands in undoubtedly one of his most memorable roles. Depicting the Scottish rebel and feigning the infamous Scottish twang, Gibson tells the tale of Wallace’s long quest to make Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Rubert the Bruce. With some harrowing scenes, a dramatic ending and a lot of bare legs in kilts, Gibson provides us with an unforgettable performance in Braveheart.

Chicken Run

After having already starred as John Smith in Pocahontas, Gibson is no stranger to animated films and takes centre stage in family comedy Chicken Run in 2000. Gibson stars as Rocky, the free-spirited rooster who, along with Ginger the chicken, work together to rally their flock and lead their fellow chickens in a great escape from the clutches of the murderous farmers and certain death.

The Patriot

After the success of Braveheart, Mel Gibson takes on a new historically political drama as French-Indian war hero, Benjamin Martin, in The Patriot. Gibson depicts a peaceful farmer who is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

Signs

In this sci-fi drama released back in 2002, crop circles begin to mysteriously appear on the farm of Graham Hess, the town’s reverend, played by none other than Mel Gibson.  Combining religion and the supernatural, Gibson’s character is forced to test his faith as he attempts to find out the truth behind the crop circles.

The Beaver

In one of his latest starring roles, Mel Gibson opts for a more dramatic role in the 2011 production of The Beaver, directed by co-star Jodie Foster. Gibson has the difficult task of representing a troubled husband who adopts a hand-puppet in the form of a beaver as the only way for him to communicate.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

In this action packed thrill of a movie, Mel Gibson stars as Driver who is having the day from hell. Driver has just made a big haul of millions that would give him a nice summer vacation on easy street. During a high-speed car chase with the US Border Patrol, and a bleeding body in his back seat, Driver flips his car smashing through the border wall, tumbling violently, coming to a stop … in Mexico. Apprehended by the Mexican authorities, he is sent to a hard-core prison where he enters the strange and dangerous world of “El Pueblito”, the worst prison in all of Mexico. Not an easy place for an outsider such as Driver to survive, unless it’s with the help of someone who knows the ropes - a 10 year-old kid.   

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation is out in cinemas on May 11th


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