The Hollywood resurrection of Mel Gibson is underway.
Gibson, 60, unveiled his directorial effort Hacksaw Ridge at the Venice International Film Festival on Saturday night. The world premiere of the anti-war film starring Andrew Garfield went down big. Really big.
Trade website Deadline.com described a 10-minute audience standing ovation after the lights went up. Outside, fans greeted Gibson with their faces painted blue, Braveheart style.
Hacksaw Ridge, played out-of-competition at Venice, tells the true story of Desmond Doss (Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield), an army medic who refused to bear arms but later received the Medal of Honor for saving dozens of his comrades.
The film opens Nov. 4 in the United States. It has already received a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. See the trailer below.