The gossip site quotes a source as suggesting that Gibson will join fellow newcomers Nicolas Cage, Jackie Chan and Milla Jovovich in The Expendables 3, which will also star series regulars Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Other rumoured new recruits include Wesley Snipes and Steven Seagal. Stallone tweeted in April that Gibson had turned down the chance to direct the next instalment in the saga; now it appears the former A-lister has agreed to a turn in front of the cameras instead.
Gibson has struggled to find currency in Hollywood following a period of negative publicity stretching back to 2006, when he reportedly made antisemitic comments to a police officer who arrested him for drink driving. Audio recordings of the film-maker and actor ranting at his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva further diminished his bankability. Comments in an explosive letter last year by the screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who accused Gibson of sabotaging a planned film about a 2nd-century BC Jewish revolt for antisemitic reasons, appeared to put the final nail in the coffin of Gibson's career. The actor and director's most recent movie, Get the Gringo (known as How I Spent My Summer Vacation in the UK), was released direct to video in the US.
Prior to that, Gibson made abortive attempts to return to the spotlight with a cameo in The Hangover Part II, from which he was dropped following complaints by cast and crew, and as a director on a film about the Vikings starring Leonardo DiCaprio which never got the green light. The 2011 film The Beaver, directed by Jodie Foster and starring Gibson as a depressed toy-company boss who develops an alternate personality represented by a hand puppet, received some good reviews but failed to ignite the box office.
Neither the actor nor Stallone has yet confirmed if Gibson will play the villain in The Expendables 3. If he does, he will follow in the footsteps of Jean-Claude Van Damme, who squared off against Sly and his musclebound team of mercenaries-for-hire in last year's second instalment.
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