After a terrible bout of publicity that saw Mel Gibson’s image spend another week hanging from the cross, it is reported that the troubled megastar is in talks to hit screens again.
Gibson is discussing taking a role in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills, the sequel to 2010’s Machete. It is unknown what role Gibson is in talks for. The film will see Danny Trejo return as the titular Machete, a blade-wielding Mexican vigilante who battles drug barons.
Last week saw Gibson engaged in a bitter public feud with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who accused him of racist, deranged behavior.
Various sites have reported the potential Machete Kills role as evidence that Gibson’s career isn’t dead, though it is hard to see how a supporting role in a modestly budgeted action film verifies this. Gibson was set to film a cameo in The Hangover Part II , but plans fell through after various cast and crew rebelled at the idea, cementing his public perception as radioactive. His last starring role was the 2011 film The Beaver, which barely grossed $1 million domestically.
Gibson’s newest film, Get the Gringo, is also an ultra-violent action film set in Mexico. It debuts on DirecTV on May 1.