Mel Gibson has been on relatively good behavior as he strives to reassert himself as one of Hollywood’s premier actor/filmmakers. But just because the Hacksaw Ridge director wants back into the elite, that doesn’t mean he’s willing to hold back how he really feels about Tinsel Town’s current trends. Specifically: Hollywood’s wasteful spending.
“I look at them and scratch my head,” Gibson told Deadline in a new interview. “I’m really baffled by it. I think there’s a lot of waste but maybe if I did one of those things with the green screens I’d find out different. I don’t know. Maybe they do cost that much. I don’t know. It seems to me that you could do it for less… Wow, I mean if you’re spending outrageous amounts of money, $180 million or more, I don’t know how you make it back after the tax man gets you, and after you give half to the exhibitors.”
By way of example, Gibson took specific ire with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, essentially saying that Zack Snyder made “a piece of shit” with a $250 million budget. “Do you know what the difference between real superheroes and comic book superheroes is?”, he asked. “Real superheroes didn’t wear spandex. So I don’t know. Spandex must cost a lot.”
When he wasn’t busy dropping sick burns, Gibson also waxed nostalgic about Braveheart, Mad Max, and riding around Vince on a bicycle E.T.-style with Kevin Costner. Read the full interview here.