The Woad Warrior 2
About playing the role of Wallace, Mel said, "At first I turned it
down because I thought I was too damned old to do it. But then I
thought: Well, no one knows that. This is the 13th century. People lived
for less time, so they go older faster."
Mel kept everyone on the set of Braveheart quite relaxed by using his
sense of humor. He was fond of making whale noises, and didgeridoo sounds,
and directing in different voices like Elmer Fudd, Ben Gazzara and Sammy
Davis Jr. He had one crew member convinced that Al Pacino had been
working on a documentary film about tennis balls. "I had him going for
months" he boasted. Another rumor that Mel spread was about Sophie
Marceau, who played Princess Isabella. He told everyone that she was the daughter of the famous mime
actor, Marcel Marceau. Sophie shuddered at the thought -- she doesn't even
know him, and hates the white face and gloves.
The Battle of Stirling ended in victory for the Scots, and they
exacted bloody revenge on the English. Cressingham, an arrogant and
militant priest, who was also the English Treasurer, was torn to pieces and
skinned. It is said Wallace made a belt from the skin. The army
commander, Surrey, ran away and did not stop until he reached the safety of
Berwick Castle. He lost 20,000 men - their bodies piled up below Abbey
Braveheart was Mel Gibson's second time in the director's chair (after
1993's The Man Without a Face) and the film, with its cast of thousands,
difficult battle scenes and $50 million+ budget, proved rather daunting.
"Every morning , I felt really on edge," admitted Mel, "It was huge, and
every day there were a million decisions.
Foreign Movie Poster
Copyright 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 by Magic Dragon Multimedia.
All rights reserved worldwide. May not be reproduced without permission.
May be posted electronically provided that it is transmitted unaltered, in its
entirety, and without charge.