Gibson updates his Viking film
Mel Gibson has been talking about his non-appearance in Mad Max 4, the rumour that the Interflab started and unsurprisingly turned out not to be true, and at the same time he gave an update on his Viking film that we already heard was going to be starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
The update tells us that he really is going to push for the realism angle, this isn't going to be a Braveheart, this is going to be an Apocalypto (Filmstalker review).
Speaking at a press conference for his new film, Edge of Darkness, Mel Gibson said that he's even going to use the original languages, that means Anglo-Saxon for the English and southern Scottish, Gaelic and Pictish for the rest of Scotland, and Norse for the Vikings.
"I think it’s going to be English - the English that would have been spoken back then - and Old Norse. Whatever the 9th century had to offer. I’m going to give you real."
What's more is that Gibson has no desire to make the Vikings look like heroic men, and the quotes continue through through Collider who were at the press conference.
"I want a Viking to scare you. I don’t want a Viking to say, “I’m going to die with a sword in my hand.” I don’t want to hear that. It pulls the rug out from under you. I want to see somebody who I have never seen before speaking low guttural German who scares the living shit out of me coming up to my house. What is that like? What would that have been like?"
The more I hear about the film the more interested I am. Mel Gibson behind the camera alone is a huge draw for me, to be honest in front of the camera is the same, but a Viking film that is based on historical accuracy like Apocalypto? That's got to be interesting stuff.