Well I think we’re all getting a distinct sense of deja vu from Gibsongate: Part 2 (or is it Part 3?) as it continues to hurtle forward. After last week’s public feud with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, things got even more heated when a home recording leaked online that seemingly confirmed Mel Gibson’s status as a crazed lunatic. The Gibber is now said to be contemplating a retaliatory lawsuit, but before anyone has really had time to ponder what it could mean for his career (again) he is already reportedly in the process of securing a role in the upcoming Robert Rodriguez film Machete Kills. Does this make Rodriguez a shrewd businessman or a shameless opportunist… or both?
A week or two ago we heard rumours that Rodriguez might try to snag Gibson for a role in the Machete sequel, and now according to Deadline, he is officially in “serious discussions” for a supporting role in the movie. It’s not clear if he will be a good guy or a bad guy, but the plot finds Machete (Danny Trejo) helping the U.S. government to track an arms dealer through Mexico. Coincidentally, Gibson recently spent some time in Mexico for his upcoming film Get the Gringo. Robert Rodriguez is also rumoured to be pursuing Michelle Williams for a role in the film, although it’s not clear if she is even interested at this point.
You may remember that the last time Mel Gibson found himself in the midst of a public meltdown, Todd Phillips tried to hire him for The Hangover: Part II. His cast and crew revolted, and the offer was rescinded. While Robert Rodriguez is generally seen as a bit of a maverick and probably doesn’t care whether or not people will agree with his decision, you have to wonder how it might affect the public perception of the film. What do you think, is Rodriguez making a good decision and will this deal end up being mutually beneficial?