LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been digitally retouched) Mel Gibson attends 'Heaven' the 'The Art of Elysium´s 12th Annual Black Tie Artistic Experience' on January 5, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kurt Krieger/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Here’s Who Mel Gibson Is Playing In John Wick Prequel The Continental
The controversial star Mel Gibson is set to join Peacock’s three-part prequel spinoff series of the “John Wick” franchise, “The Continental,” set in 1970s New York.
Likely due to some backlash from casting Gibson after his antisemitic remarks in the past, Peacock has chosen to keep the actor’s character out of the show’s trailer.
While Gibson isn’t seen in the trailers, Deadline reported some information from Albert Hughes about the actor’s character: Cormac, the man in charge of the titular hotel.
Hughes, the director of two episodes, described Cormac as an “insecure and psychotic caretaker whose tenuous hold over the hotel causes him to do frightful things.”
He continued, “With Mel, [showrunner Kirk Ward] and I decided he should be a little shabby on the edges. His organization skills aren’t as tight as Winston’s are later on.”
Hughes shared that his vision for the show’s possible antagonist was “a cross between Joel Silver and
Donald Trump.”
The director praised Gibson’s performance, saying, “By the end, it was exactly what I wanted it to be, and [Gibson] did it in this very deliberate and artistic way.”