Showbiz / 23-05-2020

Mel Gibson originally wanted to film Braveheart in Gaelic

Mel Gibson originally wanted to film Braveheart in Gaelic

Mel Gibson has revealed he wanted to film the entirety of Braveheart in Gaelic.

To keep Braveheart as authentic as possible, the director and actor thought it was a good idea to learn some key phrases before shooting the Oscar-winning film.

However, he ultimately decided against it after thinking about how it would appeal to a global audience.

Speaking to The Sun, Mel explained: ‘It’s always been a thing of mine — an interest in languages which aren’t dead but hardly spoken anymore.

‘I’ve made two films like that. I found it to be something that would make it so real for people like with The Passion Of The Christ in Aramaic and Apocalypto in Mayan.

‘There’s something utterly believable about people and their culture when it’s in another language. Ultimately, I didn’t have the stones to jump right in and do it at that point.’


The 64-year-old ‘didn’t have the balls to do it’ until a decade later.

Braveheart came out 25 years ago and followed the story of Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace.

Mel recently revealed that the iconic film was inspired by Kevin Costner’s American western film Dancing with Wolves.

Speaking to USA Today on asking Kevin for advice, Gibson said: ‘I spoke to him and I was like, “That was amazing. I’m so gobsmacked that you did that with your first film.”

‘And he said, “There’s only one way to go, man. Big.” And I said, “OK, I’m going big.”‘

Braveheart went on to be a worldwide box office hit and received five Oscars in 1996.

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23-05-2020 11:00, source: metro, by James Foster
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