Friday 23 August 2019

'I think a lot of light is being shone into dark places right now' - Mel Gibson on issue of Hollywood harassment

Mel Gibson at the Irish Premiere screening of 'Daddy's Home 2 at The Odeon Cinema in Point Square, Dublin. Pictures Brian McEvoy
Mel Gibson at the Irish Premiere screening of 'Daddy's Home 2 at The Odeon Cinema in Point Square, Dublin. Pictures Brian McEvoy
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Hollywood actor Mel Gibson discussed the issue of harassment in the film and entertainment industry at the Irish premiere of Daddy's Home 2 in Dublin.

Asked what he made of the 'darkness in Hollywood' Gibson replied; “I think a lot of light is being shone into a lot of dark places right now and rightfully so.

“And it’s tragic in a sense because a lot of the poor victims have to relive it and that’s torturous for them but they are free by reexamining it,” he said.

The Australian actor was also asked if he was proud Australia had voted Yes in favour of same sex marriage.

“Did it [go through]?” he said. “I wasn’t aware. I haven’t been keeping up with the news down there - it’s all great.”

The actor was also full of praise for the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins.

It may seem like an unlikely friendship but Gibson and the President Higgins have a long standing bromance.

The two got to know each other during the filming of 1995 epic Braveheart - when President Higgins was Minister for the Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht.

The two men have remained in contact and share a passion for film and well cut suits.

Once while having lunch at the Aras, Gibson was so taken by the blue three piece suit the President was wearing he ordered an identical one from Magee’s the same day. 

Higgins said Gibson sent him a note several months later informing him that “The suit has arrived, I’m working on the Irish accent and we’ll take it from there”.

At the premiere on Wednesday night, Gibson said he had made sure to call pick up another suit while in town.

The actor was in Dublin to promote Daddy’s Home 2.

He was joined by his co stars Will Ferrell, John Lithgow, and Mark Walberg.

Will Ferrell said it was always a delight to return to Ireland as he received such a warm reception.

He also spoke about his Longford heritage and taking time out to play a few rounds of golf at the K Club.

“Mark and I had the whole course to ourselves which never happens,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the men had travelled out to RTE to speak with Ryan Tubridy for this week's Late Late Show.  

TV3’s Lucy Kennedy and Stephen Byrne acting as MCs and guests included Jedward and Rosanna Davison.

Daddy's Home 2, the follow up to the 2015 box office winner sees Ferrell and Wahlberg reprise their roles as father Dusty and stepfather Brad.

Wahlberg revealed that he and Ferrell were not considering making a sequel but the premise and fact that John Lithgow and Mel Gibson came on board changed their minds.

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