10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson’s career in Hollywood has been one heck of a rollercoaster ride, not only for the actor, but for his fans and those who he works with as well. Gibson’s trajectory in the entertainment industry has been well recorded from his beloved Mad Max and Lethal Weapon days, to recent years which included being blacklisted from Hollywood. Now, the actor and director is attempting to make a comeback, so here are 10 things not widely known about the star:
10. Getting Into Acting
After attending St. Leo’s Catholic College in Wahroonga, New South Wales, and Asquith Boys High School, Gibson studied drama at the New Zealand Drama School which led to his acceptance at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. After graduating from NIDA, Gibson was roommates with none other than Geoffrey Rush as the pair were with the same acting company, Jane Street. Interestingly enough after high school, Gibson did not have a lot of interest in acting and was considering becoming a chef or a journalist, but his sister sent in his application to NIDA without him knowing and he was accepted despite having no previous acting experience.
While he may seems serious and downright mean now, Gibson has been well known for being quite the prankster in Hollywood. Gibson is well known for his “Three Stooges” type of comedy and often pulls pranks on-set with those he is working with, and is said to have actors perform serious scenes while wearing a red clown nose in order to ease tension. He is also known for mooning the cast he is working with, and famously sent his Conspiracy Theory co-star Julia Roberts a freeze-dried rat as a joke.