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I Thought It Was A Hoax…

But Cinema Blend is right
Mel Gibson did cut a frame of himself on the set of Apocalypto into the teaser trailer for the film. It happens at 1:46 in the trailer. And the image is…
Unlike Cinema Blend, I really, really like this trailer. It makes me excited about what he is doing here. But still, pretty nutty stunt…

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31 Responses to “I Thought It Was A Hoax…”

  1. jeffmcm says:

    Looks really interesting, and I’m glad he still has his old sense of humor.

  2. quizkid82 says:

    Is this:
    A) A trailer editor’s practical joke?
    B) Another sign that Mel has gone off the deep end?
    C) Mel’s inner practical joker coming out to play again?
    D) Mel making a calculated decision to make people think his inner practical joker has come out to play again?
    I lean toward D, personally…

  3. qwiggles says:

    I think it’s funny.

  4. lazarus says:

    You know, despite the fact that I found The Passion to be a sad piece of S & M exploitation and over-the-top Catholic guilt, and never was a huge Lethal Weapon fan, this looks pretty good, and I’m strangely rooting for Gibson. Sure the guy came off like a defensive jackass in interviews last year, but hell, more people should be making films with such conviction.
    Don’t know about the name above the title thing though. Guy’s as cocky as M. Night Shyamalan now, apparently.

  5. Mr. Bloppy says:

    I thik it looks cool. I wasn’t into Passion, but it was a really well made film, and Braveheart is still one of my favorites of all time.

  6. Nicol D says:

    Good trailer,definitely makes one wonder what he is up to. I suspect the film will be metaphorically about our times given the tag lines. With the music and shots it had almost a Baraka feel to it.
    As for the stunt…yes…wacky indeed.

  7. EDouglas says:

    Great…. I can already see the controversy this is going to cause among the Aztecs…

  8. lindenen says:

    I thought this was about the Mayans.

  9. Aladdin Sane says:

    Hehe. That made me laugh. I had to check it out for myself and I’m still chuckling.

  10. bicycle bob says:

    gibsons has a sense of humor. its good to see.

  11. henryhill says:

    I don’t mean to sound dumb, but I went frame by frame and couldn’t find it. Did the clip change overnight?

  12. henryhill says:

    Nevermind, I was dumb. Found it.

  13. martin says:

    great last shot, rest of the trailer ran hot and cold to me. But definitely looks interesting. Between this and The Fountain, 2006 already has me excited.

  14. AgentArc says:

    That cracked me up!
    I’ll likely checkout the movie. For all the flaws, his directed films are memorable cinema in the end. Wish him the best on this one.

  15. Eric N says:

    I think it’s hilarious…and I agree with AgentArc about Mel’s films…but I just want to know who on his PR team is determined to make Mel look like a nut!

  16. Bruce says:

    I’ll see anything with Mel Gibson. Just one of those stars where anything he does interests me. Even Lethal Weapon 4.

  17. Scooba Steve says:

    Just when you think Tom Cruise has got the monopoly on “celebrity crazy” Mel comes along and shows us how to do it right.
    And that cigarette! OMG. Man’s a goddamn genius!

  18. Wrecktum says:

    Yeah, I heard about this a couple of weeks ago. It’s just a gag. No hidden meaning.

  19. Hopscotch says:

    …and some Republicans want Gibson to run for Gov. of California. yikes!

  20. Eric says:

    If this goes any further, we’re going to need to send Martin Sheen up the river to take care of him.

  21. Nicol D says:

    Oddly enough…if they ever did remake that great film, Gibson might very well be a great choice for Kurtz. He does seem to be tapping into that same manic energy that Coppola exhibited during the seventies when he did his best work.
    I miss Gibson as an actor, but as a director he does seem do be working on a much different plain than many of his peers.
    Love him or hate him, his director’s body of work will be remembered.

  22. Blackcloud says:

    Someone’s having WAY too much fun.

  23. mysteryperfecta says:

    The teaser was a little hit-and-miss for me too. I see images that are supposedly affecting, but without context, do nothing for me. The last shot is cool however. I know nothing about the subject matter, which makes this film all the more intriguing.

  24. Blackcloud says:

    I’m not looking forward to Mel’s hyper-realistic recreations of Mayan sacrifice rituals.

  25. BluStealer says:

    “For all the flaws, his directed films are memorable cinema in the end. Wish him the best on this one.”
    Did we forget “The Man Without a Face” already????

  26. Eric says:

    There’s a sort of crazy intensity coming out of Gibson that’s making me interested in this project.
    Regardless of content, Passion of the Christ was beautifully made. And I’m realizing now that most of what I disliked about it was in the vitriol of its supporters, rather than in the movie myself. Gibson’s more interesting at the moment than many other, younger directors, so I’m going to look forward to this one.
    Not a great trailer, though. Nice imagery, but not enough context to give it weight.

  27. Crow T Robot says:

    That picture could have been on the cover of Variety the week after The Passion opened, with the director on the left and the white guy representing Hollywood to his immediate right.

  28. lindenen says:

    I’m surprised Drudge didn’t post that photo up on his site. Or, more accurately, I wish he’d post that photo up on his site.

  29. Angelus21 says:

    After Braveheart I’ll be there for anything he directs. Still one of my all time fav’s. A three hour movie that didn’t seem like 10 hours.

  30. joefitz84 says:

    Now that is what I call a great beard.

  31. Aladdin Sane says:

    Joe, agreed! I read over at aicn that they had the trailer during Harry’s buttnumbathon and Gibson had introduced it via a taped message and was sans beard. Tis a shame.

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