One week before the November 4th release of “Hacksaw Ridge”, director Mel Gibson weighed in on gun control and other issues that the United States is facing in an interview with Fox News.
“Well, I understand where it comes from, the right to bear arms because the Revolution and that stuff and tyranny and the right to defend yourself, and I still agree with that, but it’s kind of out of balance at the moment,” Gibson said at a press junket. “…Something has to be done in order to stop some of the heinous violence that has [occured] just like sporadically and shockingly…”
“I don’t know what the answer to that is… It’s going to take someone smarter than me to figure that out,” Gibson added.
For his role as the director of “Hacksaw Ridge”, Gibson has received a great deal of praise, including a 10 minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival in September. On Monday night, Gibson was given another standing ovation at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills Monday night.
The film surrounds the true story of Desmond T. Doss, a United States Army corporal and combat medic during WWII who won a Congressional Medal of Honor despite refusing to hold a gun.
Even though Doss was a conscientious objector, he rescued 75 soldiers during the battle of Okinawa and was the first conscientious objector in history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
Gibson said that there are men in this world that are like Doss.
“These guys exist. They are in the armed forces and other things—sometimes they are police officers; sometimes they are social workers; they are around us. They are not grandstanding because they are humble,” Gibson said.