Thursday, April 18, 2024

Hollywood Pariah Mel Gibson Will Make New Film Starring Mark Wahlberg Despite Two Union Strikes Thanks to SAG Waiver


If you didn’t hate Mel Gibson before, now’s a good time to join in.

Gibson and Lions Gate have gotten a waiver from SAG AFTRA to make a new movie despite two ongoing union strikes.

Gibson, the noted antisemite, racist, and misogynist, will direct “Flight Risk” starring that other man of the people, Mark Wahlberg.

“Flight Risk” sounds a like very important movie. It’s another formula piece of junk with this through line: “An Air Marshal transporting a fugitive across the Alaskan wilderness via a small plane finds herself trapped when she suspects their pilot is not who he says he is.”

Lions Gate is the already signed on distributor. No one has ever accused them of integrity. The production company is Gibson’s Icon.

It will be interesting to see which other actors sign on for this production.

Gibson and Wahlberg previously collaborated on “Father Stu,” which made just $21 million was a disaster. Gibson has been churning out crap for the last four years. He’s appeared in around 15 films since 2019 that have gone straight to video. His last actual hits came 20 years ago, before he was revealed in a DUI arrest to be a virulent antisemite who told a Malibu cop, “The Jews started all the wars,” He called a Black policewoman “Sugar tits,” denied the Holocaust to Diane Sawyer, and never looked back.

What kind of strike is SAG conducting here? This is the kind of movie they’ll allow to be made while their members are on picket lines? Color me confused.

SAG has approved 28 other films, by the way, including two legit ones from A24, one starring Anne Hathaway and the other Paul Rudd. Doesn’t that undermine the whole strike?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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