As a title for an action comedy about a guy who acquires or steals a bunch of money, runs to Mexico and ends up in prison south of the border, How I spent My Summer Vacation was cute, but maybe not quite perfect in communicating what the movie is really like. So the Mel Gibson movie, which been on the shelf for a while, is now called Get the Gringo.

The film was shot almost two years ago from a script penned by Gibson, with Adrian Grunberg co-writing and directing and Stacy Perskie producing. Both have worked as part of Gibson’s directorial staff in the past (first and second A.D., respectively), and the film market their promotions to more powerful roles, with Gibson financing the movie.

The movie has sat around for a while, but that may or may not be indicative of quality. Mel Gibson has had a few problems, and his films Edge of Darkness and The Beaver weren’t exactly roaring comebacks. But the distribution for Get the Gringo won’t be typical: Gibson’s Icon Productions made a deal with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to put the movie on DirecTV on May 1 and then VOD, digital download and blu-ray later this year.

But what does the movie look like? Check out a trailer below. Read More »


Mel Gibson fans, it’s time to rouse yourself from slumber and pay attention to the man’s career once more, because he is working.

Last week there was word that the actor/director was scouting film locations in Veracruz, Mexico, and over the weekend we got word that he would direct an as-yet untitled Viking movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. These are separate projects, thankfully (though he’s crazy enough to make a Viking movie set in Mexico, and make it work) and now we know more about the film to be shot south of the border. As we reported previously, it’s called How I Spent My Summer Vacation, and now we know the script is by Gibson, making it his third writing credit. Gibson will star in the action/drama film as well. Read More »