MUMBAI: Mel Gibson, is to return to acting for the first time in eight years in a feature adaptation of BAFTA award winning 80s BBC drama Edge of Darkness, presented by PVR Pictures and directed by Martin Campbell.
Gibson says, “You don’t do something for 30 years and forget it. So, you know, it felt all right. It felt better. What does not kill you makes you stronger. Life’s experiences, whether they be pleasant, unpleasant, tortuous or excruciatingly wonderful and blissful, it seasons you somehow and you learn from it. Hopefully you learn.”
The Hollywood actor, producer and film maker, stars as Thomas Craven, a homicide detective investigating the death of his activist daughter in The Edge of Darkness.
“What really grabbed me was how the story sneaks up on you. It was a mystery, a crime thriller, and a political thriller, and it was set in a time in the UK when there was a lot of political unrest. The series reflected its time very well. Everyone’s biding their time and one day will be your last and your life will be over. It’s getting worse and worse and then you die. But since I’ve passed the big 50 I’ve chosen my projects more carefully. When you realize that half of your life has gone by you don’t want to do stupid stuff anymore and I chose Edge of Darkness, “adds Gibson.
“Mel was our first and only choice for Craven. The part called for someone of his caliber; there aren’t a lot of actors who have the kind of gravitas that he has. He gave a terrific performance in a very demanding role that had him in front of the camera every day,” said Campbell.
Gibson has another film in his kitty, the comic drama The Beaver, in which he plays a depressed father coping with his failures by communicating through a beaver hand puppet. He has also started shooting the action drama which he penned himself, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, starring as a career criminal stuck in a Mexican prison.
Opening in India on 25 June, 2010, Edge of Darkness also stars Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic and Shawn Roberts.