November 24, 2015
Mel Gibson was seen for the first time directing his World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge in Sydney with actors Vince Vaughn, Andrew Garfield and Hugo Weaving.
The Hollywood star struck a serious demeanor as he guided the actors through tense scenes shot in an eerie graveyard in Sydney’s Centennial Park on Tuesday.
Listening intently to headphones, the 59-year-old appeared, at times, lost in thought as he meandered through the overgrown cemetery while cameramen rallied around.
The American star was surrounded by members of his production crew while directing the film based on the true story of conscientious objector Desmond T Doss, played by Spider Man star Andrew.
Mel looked focused while delivering instructions to the small group amassed behind him during a short breaks between scenes.
The Get The Gringo star was pictured on the exterior set wearing a black T-shirt and jeans with a pair of runners, as he gave directions out to cast and crew.
He then changed into a purple shirt as the day went on as he weaved in and out of the headstones.
A quaint graveyard had been created in the middle of the park, no doubt showing the tombstones of lives lost during the war scenes.
A gathering of cameramen and production assistants assembled equipment prior to shooting the scene with a large group of actors dressed in period US regimental attire.
Vince Vaughn was seen standing in a field dressed in period US regimental attire.
He chatted to fellow actors as well as production crew, whilst concentrating on rehearsing his lines ahead of shooting.
Vince is set to play the supporting role of Sgt Howell in the American war drama, a character who is tasked with training his soldiers with a no-excuses attitude.
Hugo weaving was also seen in typical 1940’s clothing, as he shot a scene with fellow co-star Andrew Garfield, who plays his son in the action packed drama.
Hacksaw Ridge is based on the true story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss, who saved 75 men in Okinawa in World War II without ever firing a gun.
‘It’s about a man who wouldn’t touch a weapon and wanted to be part of saving lives in the worst place on earth. I mean Okinawa was a horrific place… there were over 300,000 casualties, mostly civilian,’ Mel said during a press conference at Sydney’s Fox Studios at the time.
The $45 million production will be Mel’s fifth directorial offering after the mixed critical and commercial successes of The Man Without A Face, Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto.
‘It gives me a particular giggle,’ he said. ‘I kicked off over 35 years ago here (and) I feel like I’ve picked up the thread where I left off since last I worked here.’
The American war drama film cast also includes high profile stars, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey and Teresa Palmer.
Hacksaw Ridge is expected to be completed towards the end of 2016.