'I don’t remember a whole lot outside of memories of painting myself blue and just turning up!' - Mel Gibson on filming Braveheart in Ireland
The Hollywood star filmed the box office smash in Scotland and Ireland in 1994 and not only starred in, but also directed, the film.
“We started off in Scotland and we were thinking, ‘How are we going to do this? It’s not horse-friendly. It’s not people-friendly’” he said, adding that then Minster for Arts Michael D Higgins “opened the gates up over here and really greased the wheels and helped us get it done.”
Of his time filming at Trim Castle in Meath, Ardmore Studios, Ballymore Eustace and the Wickow Mountains he said, “I was getting like four hours a night sleep and working seven days a week. I don’t remember a whole lot outside of memories of painting myself blue and just turning up!”
Gibson made the quip during an interview with Dermot & Dave on Today FM ahead of his appearance at the premiere of Daddy’s Home 2 at The Oden in Dublin tonight.
He was joined on the panel by co-stars Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell and John Lithgow.
Ferrell showed up in a Longford jersey which had been gifted to him on a previous visit as his family originate from the county, as does Gibson’s mother.
“I’m a complete hybrid,” said Gibson. “My mother’s from here, my father’s from there [Australia], at least I think he’s my father!”
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. This time they have to join forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas.
However, their partnership is put to the test when Dusty's old-school macho dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad's emotional dad (John Lithgow) arrive and throw their holiday into chaos.
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.
Lithgow joked, “The creators of the film, Sean Anders our director and co-writer John Norris, they refused to make a sequel until they hit on a premise to make it different [from the original]. Then they hired Mel and me and they knew it was going to better.”
Given the festive season is approaching the topic of Ferrell’s family comedy Elf came up and he revealed that shooting the film on the streets of New York was a strange experience.
“I was in an elf suit running through the streets of New York thinking, ‘Is this the end? This will be the last thing they remember me [for], I hope it’s a hit. But it worked out.”
He also revealed that in the scene in which he addresses a guy dressed in red on the street the line was improvised.
“He was just a guy who was crossing the street in that moment and we just happened to be fetching whatever footage we could and I just improvised in that moment, ‘Oh, you’re not Santa, woah!” and it was just one of the characters of New York city walking around, a very dishevelled, poorly constructed Santa.”
Daddy’s Home 2, directed by Sean Anders, and also starring Linda Cardellini and John Cena releases on November 22.