Magazine October 24, 2016, Issue

Troubled Genius

Mel Gibson and Erin Moriarty in Blood Father (Lionsgate Premiere)

Have you missed Mel Gibson? It’s been five years since his last studio movie, The Beaver, stumbled through a painful, scandal-shadowed release; ten years since Apocalypto, his last directorial effort; and 14 years since his last “normal movie star” picture, 2002’s Signs. His career, no less than his person, disappeared into the abyss, leaving behind only the sound of his voice, coarse and drunk and vicious, cursing blindly at his girlfriend on one of the tapes that finally sent him into exile.

The exile was deserved. But it’s still been a huge artistic loss. Before his final meltdowns, the hauntedness of

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