MEL Gibson couldn’t wipe the smile off his face as he brought his new film home to Australia, telling the story of “an ordinary man doing extraordinary things” with latest big screen offering, Hacksaw Ridge.
It was a triumphant return as the 60-year-old industry veteran made his way up the red carpet at Sydney’s State Theatre, nearly a year after he began filming the World War II drama in the harbour city and weeks after the movie had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and received a 10-minute standing ovation.
“It’s a great story and he’s an unusual character, someone whose convictions and faith were extraordinary,” the father-of-eight told The Daily Telegraph, walking the carpet with pregnant fiance, Rosalind Ross.
“He’s the best, I love him.
He’s a jokester, he’s so jovial and fun,” she enthused, herself 31 weeks pregnant, adding of seeing the film for the first time: “I cried for three days, I told everyone about it.”