This month Celluloid Skeletons looks at a huge movie star of the 80s and 90s who has, through his own behaviour, fallen by the wayside a little. That’s right it’s ‘Mad’ Mel Gibson, star of action classics like Mad Max and Lethal Weapon, and Oscar winning director of films like Braveheart and Apocalypto.
Join Joe and his guests Rory Drummond and Jeff Kennedy as they talk about Gibson’s hugely successful career and skirt delicately around his later notoriety as an angry drunk. Plus, this week’s Celluloid Skeleton is based on a story idea by Bono, and was directed by art-house darling Wim Wenders, what could possibly go wrong? Listen on to found out.
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A lot can happen in ten years, mostly in ways you can’t really see coming. In 2012, Manchester City won the English Premiership, America has a black President that isn’t Morgan Freeman, and dubstep is a thing. Could you have predicted that in 2002? You’d think the film industry is an institution that couldn’t throw up many surprises; great actors win Oscars, bad filmmakers make Transformers, and Kirk Douglas will live forever. However, in the past decade there’s been a lot of surprising twists and turns, and even Nate Silver’s math caviar couldn’t predict some of them.
Under themed headings, I’ll be looking at the careers of certain filmmakers and how they’ve changed quite dramatically. Basic career ascensions are excluded, as it’s not miraculous that somebody can get really famous in the space of a decade. Likewise, people die, sometimes suddenly, and I wont be covering that. But this still leaves several examples of changes that would quite possibly leave a recently-recovered coma patient mildly incredulous for, like, ten seconds. Maybe fifteen at a push.