Thursday 8 December 2016

'Mel Gibson is about to see a naked Jesus in cling-film get beaten by ten people' - actor samples Irish theatre

Geraldine Gittens

Published 22/09/2016 | 22:19

Mel Gibson enjoys a night out in Dublin's FX Buckley Restaurant earlier this week.
Mel Gibson enjoys a night out in Dublin's FX Buckley Restaurant earlier this week.

Hollywood actor Mel Gibson is attending a Dublin Fringe Fest play tonight, according to performer Miss Panti Bliss.

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The actor (60), who is in Dublin for eight weeks to shoot his new film The Professor and The Madman, attended 'Riot', a production by Thisispopbaby.

Panti stars in the production, which has been described as a kaleidoscopic evening of theatre, music, comedy, drag, variety, circus performances and searing social commentary.

Tonight, Panti tweeted: "Mel Gibson is at #RIOTdublin and he's just about to see a naked Jesus in cling-film get beaten by ten people with pool noodles."

While Thisispopbaby said: "Mel Gilbson watched on while Mick Wallace whipped Jesus. This is a true story. Just another night at #RIOTdublin."

In the play, the Queen of Ireland gives an impassioned and inspiring speech on how destiny doesn’t really exist and you simply have to seize the day and fulfil your dreams through sheer hard graft.

Gibson is in the capital for eight weeks to shoot The Professor and The Madman, alongside Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn. The film tells the story of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary. It is expected to shoot in Dublin for eight weeks, with production beginning at the end of the month.

He previously visited Ireland for professional reasons for the filming of Braveheart, when he made use of the army reserve. The flick was filmed across several locations in Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.

The Braveheart director plays professor James Murray, who began compiling the OED in 1857 and led the overseeing committee. Penn portrays Dr William Chester Minor, an inmate at an insane asylum who submitted more than 10,000 entries for the dictionary.

The film is based on a book of the same name by Simon Winchester, which Gibson acquired the rights to almost 20 years ago.

The film will also star a slew of up and coming Irish talent including Rob McCormack, Abigail Coburn, Zoe Moran, Phonsie Wardell, and Nora Cooper, cast from an extensive search as the family of Professor Murray.

Oscar-winning Sean is also no stranger to Irish shores. The actor previously worked in the city with Italian director Paolo Sorrentino on This Must Be the Place in August 2010.

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