Mel Gibson shakes off boredom, returns to acting

Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:46pm EST
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Eight years have passed since Mel Gibson starred in a major Hollywood movie, but not because of his well-publicized personal problems. Rather, he said he grew bored with the career that made him a star.

Gibson returns to theaters on Friday in revenge movie "Edge of Darkness," after being re-energized, he said, and feeling he had something to offer audiences once again.

"I was a bit stale. I was just tired and bored with it," Gibson told reporters recently, about the period immediately following 2002's "Signs," a tale of aliens invading Earth.

In the interim, the Oscar-winning director of "Braveheart" directed box office smash "The Passion of the Christ" and another hit, "Apocalypto." He also produced and directed episodes of television series "Complete Savages."

But his personal problems brought him wider attention, perhaps, than his work. A drunk driving charge and anti-Semitic comments to the arresting officer in 2006 made headlines worldwide. Gibson publicly apologized and sought counseling.

More recently, his breakup with his wife, a new girlfriend and a new child put him on the covers of gossip magazines.

But the major box office draw in the 1980s and 1990s remains popular among moviegoers, and in "Edge of Darkness" he returns to the action movie genre that he perfected in hits such as "Mad Max," "Ransom," "Payback" and the "Lethal Weapon" movies.

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<p>Cast member Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva attend the premiere of the film "Edge of Darkness" in Los Angeles January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>