Saturday 21 January 2017

He's back: Mel Gibson looks unrecognisable as he touches down in Dublin (again)

Published 10/11/2016 | 10:28

Hollywood actor Mel Gibson leaving The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. Picture: John Dardis
Hollywood actor Mel Gibson leaving The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. Picture: John Dardis
Mel Gibson (60) and his pregnant girlfriend Rosalind Ross (26) seen out for a stroll in Dublin
Caroline Morahan and Mel Gibson at the IFTA Awards 2008
Mel Gibson (60) and his pregnant girlfriend Rosalind Ross (26) seen out for a stroll in Dublin
Caitlyn Jenner, actor Mel Gibson and Rosalind Ross arrive at the screening of Summit Entertainment's "Hacksaw Ridge" at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 24, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Mel Gibson spotted leaving his Dublin hotel.
Mel Gibson's pregnant girlfriend Rosalind Ross spotted getting Mexican take-out food from the Little Ass Burrito Bar on Dawson Street, Dublin.
Mel Gibson with Heather Fogarty, Michael O'Connor and Shane Gallagher on Sugarloaf
Mel Gibson and Rosalind Ross attend the closing ceremony of the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 22, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Mel Gibson is back in town.

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The Oscar-winning actor (60) has returned to Dublin to resume filming for The Professor and The Madman opposite Sean Penn and will be spending another number of weeks in the city.

Gibson is joined by his pregnant fiancée Rosalind Ross, a screenwriter, and recently took a break from shooting to fly back to LA where he promoted his much-hyped return to directing in Hacksaw Ridge and also attended the Hollywood Film Awards.

But the expectant father was a far cry from the Mel Gibson of before as he was pictured making his way through Dublin in just a t-shirt, jeans and trilby hat.

Mel Gibson (60) and his pregnant girlfriend Rosalind Ross (26) seen out for a stroll in Dublin
Mel Gibson (60) and his pregnant girlfriend Rosalind Ross (26) seen out for a stroll in Dublin

During his sojourn on Irish shores, the Lethal Weapon star is taking up residence at The Shelbourne Hotel, where was pictured on Wednesday, reportedly staying in the exclusive Princess Grace Suite, the two bedroom presidential suite, which costs €5,000 a night.

He previously spent nearly four weeks here before his brief return to Hollywood and Gibson sightings were aplenty - including dining at FX Buckley and Matt The Thresher, while also being spotted climbing The Sugar Loaf and sipping pints in The Long Hall.

He also took in Irish stage show RIOT as part of Dublin Fringe Festival hosted by Panti Bliss.

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.

Mel Gibson spotted leaving his Dublin hotel.
Mel Gibson spotted leaving his Dublin hotel.

It isn't the first touch the controversial star has touched down on Irish shores - he previously jetted in for the 2008 IFTAs where he was given the Contribution to World Cinema award and also stayed The Shelbourne and scouted locations for Braveheart here in 1994.

The Professor and The Madman tells the story of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Earlier this week, Sean Penn was also spotted filming scenes for the movie, due for release in 2018.

Mel Gibson with Heather Fogarty, Michael O'Connor and Shane Gallagher on Sugarloaf
Mel Gibson with Heather Fogarty, Michael O'Connor and Shane Gallagher on Sugarloaf

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