Trump Derangement Syndrome is still burning through Hollywood.
Anyone who’s remotely conservative runs the risk of having their careers derailed.
And liberals freaked when they saw one Trump supporter directing a beloved film.
Hollywood’s residual anger for Donald Trump is palpable even though he’s no longer in office.
So liberals were really thrown off when it was announced that Mel Gibson would be directing the next Lethal Weapon film.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
“Mel Gibson is stepping behind the camera once again, this time to direct the latest — and likely final — installment of the Warner Bros. action franchise Lethal Weapon. The project was put in limbo when director Richard Donner, who’d helmed all the Weapon movies since their inception in 1987, died in July. Donner, at 91, was working on mounting the fifth installment, which has been in development on and off for years, with screenwriters coming and going…This changing of the guard had been in the works for months and was blessed, if not instigated, by Lauren Shuler Donner, the wife of Richard Donner.”
Gibson and franchise star Danny Glover working together again will be an interesting mix considering their politics: Gibson is a conservative Catholic and Glover is a socialist who hobnobbed with departed Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
Their politics have always diverged, but Lethal Weapon 4 was released in 1998 when America was far less divided politically.
Gibson was also seen at a UFC event saluting Donald Trump.
Left-wingers predictably lost their minds at the announcement.
That darn cancel culture strikes again by… uh… giving Mel Gibson more work. https://t.co/KtMPuTIdaj
— A “Disney Chill” (@NeverSu64836697) November 15, 2021
Liberals can’t seem to handle the fact that conservatives exist, even in Hollywood.
Gibson revealed in an interview that Donner “was developing the screenplay and he got pretty far along with it. And he said to me one day, ‘Listen, Kid, if I kick the bucket, you will do it.’ And I said, ‘Shut up.’ He did indeed pass away. But he did ask me to do it and, at the time, I didn’t say anything. He said it to his wife and to the studio and the producer. So, I will be directing the fifth one.”
After 23 years since the last film, fans are likely eager to see a proper send-off for the franchise.
Gibson has a strong résumé as a director with Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ, and Hacksaw Ridge under his belt.
The franchise could do far worse for a director, so the only objections to Gibson directing are political.
He knows the franchise better than just about everybody, and he’s proven he can handle large-scale productions.