Mel Gibson Directing 'Lethal Weapon 5' Sparks Widespread Outrage

Mel Gibson confirmation that he isdirecting Lethal Weapon 5 has been met with widespread outrage by his critics on social media.

The Braveheart actor, 65, has been involved in a number of controversies over racist and antisemitic outbursts in the past, with some movie fans believing that he shouldn't be supported in his career as a result.

Gibson confirmed the news of Lethal Weapon 5 at a fan event in London, An Experience with Mel Gibson on Saturday, November 13.

The Australian actor has starred in the much-loved action franchise as Martin Riggs alongside Danny Glover as Roger Murtaugh since 1988.

The films were directed by the late Richard Donner, who died earlier this year, and Gibson confirmed that he will be taking on the director's job in his place.

"The man who directed all the Lethal films, Richard Donner, he was a big guy," Gibson told the crowd during the event over the weekend, per NME.

"He was developing the screenplay and he got pretty far along with it. And he said to me one day, 'Listen kid, if I kick the bucket you will do it.' And I said, 'Shut up.' But he did indeed pass away."

He continued: "But he did ask me to do it and at the time I didn't say anything. He said it to his wife and to the studio and the producer. So I will be directing the fifth one."

Gibson's other directorial feature films include The Passion of the Christ, Apocalypto and Hacksaw Ridge.

The first Lethal Weapon came out in 1987 and was one of the best-known buddy cop genre films of the era.

However, Gibson's news has outraged social media users who haven't forgotten his antisemitic tirade from nearly two decades ago.

In 2006, the actor was arrested in California for drunk driving and transcripts of his encounter with police revealed Gibson's rant of racist and antisemitic language, making offensive claims like Jews were "responsible for all the wars in the world."

The actor's name was trending on Twitter on Tuesday with a number of users complaining about him announcing his director role.

"Periodic reminder that if 'Cancel Culture' actually existed, Mel Gibson wouldn't be directing Lethal Weapon 5," film podcaster Jesse Hawken tweeted.

Periodic reminder that if “Cancel Culture” actually existed, Mel Gibson wouldn’t be directing Lethal Weapon 5 https://t.co/pILf6fd4X9

— Jesse Hawken (@jessehawken) November 15, 2021

While Noah Shachtman, the editor-in-chief of Rolling Stone, added: "I'll believe cancel culture is a thing when an anti-Semitic f***wad like Mel Gibson stops getting gigs."

I'll believe cancel culture is a thing when an anti-Semitic fuckwad like Mel Gibson stops getting gigs. https://t.co/Ba6UwYfEh6

— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) November 15, 2021

Another person tweeted: "Mel Gibson is a woman abusing antisemite. He is the lethal weapon. Don't watch this film."

Mel Gibson is a woman abusing antisemite. He is the lethal weapon. Don’t watch this film. https://t.co/D4lvlnIavA

— jared (@jared_za) November 16, 2021

"cancel culture does not exist if we can't keep this fucking asshole out of the paint," said Rewire News editor Imahi Gandy.

cancel culture does not exist if we can't keep this fucking asshole out of the paint https://t.co/JC99mHmYcH

— 🦃Imani Gandied Yams🦃 (@AngryBlackLady) November 15, 2021

Another tweet, with more than 3,000 likes reads: "Mel Gibson will direct the 5th Lethal Weapon movie. Does anyone give a f***? I'll pass, I don't watch movies directed by antisemitic, sexist f******."

Mel Gibson will direct the 5th Lethal Weapon movie. Does anyone give a fuck? I'll pass, I don't watch movies directed by antisemitic, sexist fuckers.

— Amy Lynn👣❤ (@AmyAThatcher) November 15, 2021

Newsweek has contacted Gibson's representatives for comment.

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Mel Gibson attends the French Open at Roland Garros on June 13, 2021, in Paris. Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images