This latest move by Gibson represents just one more piece of the controversial Academy Award-winning actor and director’s attempt at rehabilitation in Hollywood. Gibson has a long history of making antisemitic and racist comments which range from downplaying the Holocaust to claiming “the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world” (via Newsweek).
Social media reactions varied from excitement for another “Lethal Weapon” film to disgust at seeing Gibson succeed in spite of his prior comments. One Twitter user posted a link to a story about the news with the comment, “Oh yeah. Let’s do this. Very excited.” Another Twitter user responded to Deadline’s tweet about the news with a screenshot of Gibson’s leaked 2010 racist rant to his girlfriend. Other Twitter users made political arguments about “cancel culture.”
In one tweet, Josh Kurp, a writer for Uproxx, suggested continuing the franchise without Gibson and cited the success of 2015’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” as justification. That film saw Tom Hardy take over the titular role from Mel Gibson, who appeared in the first three films of the “Mad Max” franchise.
Just last month, Gibson was added to the cast of the upcoming “John Wick” prequel series “The Continental” (per Deadline). Gibson previously directed “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Apocalypto,” “The Passion of the Christ,” “Braveheart,” and “The Man Without A Face” (via IMDb).