“The personal stuff is not my business”: The Continental Director Defends Casting Mel Gibson in Keanu Reeves’ ‘John Wick’ Spin-Off That Missed the Mark

"The personal stuff is not my business": The Continental Director Defends Casting Mel Gibson in Keanu Reeves' 'John Wick' Spin-Off That Missed the Mark
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The first spin-off of one of Lionsgate’s most acclaimed IPs hasn’t entirely cleared the bar its predecessor set up, as The Continental is currently sitting on an underwhelming 64% on the Tomatometer. While fans were engrossed in witnessing the history of The Continental, one major controversy that plagued the project since its announcement was Mel Gibson’s inclusion.

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Gibson’s controversial past has resulted in him being blacklisted from Hollywood for years before he eventually found his footing back and even took an Oscar home for Hacksaw Ridge back in 2017. But his inclusion in the prequel to one of the most acclaimed action IPs of recent times wasn’t met with utmost applaud, and the show’s director did come forward to address the issues.

Also read: “The crazy uncle we all know”: Mel Gibson’s Troubled Past Helped Him Get Role in Keanu Reeves’ ‘John Wick’ Spin-Off ‘The Continental’

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Mel Gibson Is the Perfect Fit for the Role Said Director

Mel Gibson‘s infamous anti-Semitic comments and domestic abuse allegations back in the mid-2000s resulted in his career taking a major toll. And even though the actor-director is once again witnessing a gradual ascend, the news of him playing one of the most prominent figures in The Continental led to a massive outrage from fans. Reflecting on the fan outrage, director Albert Hughes said Gibson’s “personal stuff is not my business to talk about”, expressing that the Braveheart Star was perfect for the aging mobster Cormac. Per the New York Post, Hughes said,

“I cast [Mel Gibson] based on his past work that I grew up on. And I think he fit the role perfectly. I think once fans see it, they’ll understand why. The personal stuff is not my business to talk about.”

He further revealed that Gibson was extremely professional and treated everyone involved in the project with utmost respect during the filming process.

Also read: Despite Facing Potential Career-Ending Controversies, Mel Gibson Has a Whopping Number of Movies With an Oscar Nod – How Many of Them Actually Won One?

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Albert Hughes Wasn’t Initially Onboard With The Continental

While Albert Hughes had a great time crafting the prequel show, taking influences from Taxi Driver, Midnight Cowboy, and Hong Kong Cinema, he wasn’t initially onboard with the project. Hughes explained that he didn’t “want to play in another man or woman’s sandbox”, but things changed after Covid, as for him the John Wick projects were a form of escapism. He told TV Insider:

“After Covid and everything everybody’s been through, I just wanted to have fun and escape. John Wick films are escapism. I was able to, for the first time, not be servicing generational trauma or social issues. John Wick kind of kicks that out. You see it when we reference Vietnam, and characters who have been affected by it, but we’re not going heavy handed.”

Also read: “You found someone that is crazier than I am”: Tom Hardy Did Not Fail to Make a First Impression on Mel Gibson After Giving Him a Bracelet in a Cheesy Move

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Although The Continental has its charm and acts as a serviceable spin-off, the Mel Gibson-led show falls short of the standard set by its predecessors, especially Keanu Reeves’ John Wick 4.

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The Continental is available to stream on Peacock.

Source: New York Post, TV Insider

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Written by Santanu Roy

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Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with The Everly Brothers, Billy Joel, and The Platters. Having expertise in everything related to Batman, Santanu spends most of his time watching and learning films, with Martin Scorsese and Park Chan-wook being his personal favorites. Apart from pursuing a degree in animation, he also possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a writer at Fandomwire with over 1000 articles.