Wow, we never thought we’d be typing the words “Mel Gibson” and “machete” in the same sentence…and have it be good news! Things are really looking up! The Hollywood Reporter confirmed today that Mel Gibson is “in talks” for a role in Robert Rodriguez‘s grindhouse sequel Machete Kills, starring Danny Trejo; the director is also hoping to snag Michelle Williams and Jessica Alba as well. Personally, we’re just impressed that Mel’s recent unsettling recorded rant, released by screenwriter Joe Eszterhas almost two weeks ago, hasn’t ruined his chances of landing the role. Or maybe his PR people just wanted to reassure us that someone is still willing to actually talk to Mel? Either way, we think Gibson should take the part and run!
Kills would ostensibly Mel’s first theatrical release since 2011’s The Beaver; his recently action flick Get The Gringo went straight to video this spring, his other rumored film with Kiefer Sutherland has yet to materialize and he famously missed out on a role in The Hangover Part II due to all that…unpleasantness that was going on at the time. We have a feeling this is to happen for Gibson; Rodriguez has a history of being kind to actors struggling to redeem themselves. The original 2010 Machete movie co-starred none other than (you guessed it) Lindsay Lohan.
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