Mel Gibson: From 'Mad Max' Nobody To 'Braveheart'

By Kellar Ellsworth
Mel Gibson in 'Mad Max.' Source: IMDB

Mel Gibson was Mad Max in 1979. He really was, in a way. The handsome Australian actor strolling onto American movie screens, a veneer of outback dust on his cheeks and leather duds. Through Mad Max sequels The Road Warrior and Beyond Thunderdome, and the Peter Weir-directed Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously, the world came to know Gibson as the brooding yet charismatic leading man from Down Under. Gibson turned out to be not quite as Australian as we originally thought, and he turned out to have a few other issues, but he did keep us entertained through three Lethal Weapon films and, of course, Braveheart.