Gibson on suffering and ‘charming’ Vikings

Mel Gibson has claimed that a good plot needs a suffering leading character.The Hollywood actor told Austrian showbiz magazine Live: “Pain is the requirement for personal growth and gain. Without pain, there’s a void. Good films feature at least one main character suffering from severe conflicts. There’s no strong story without this circumstance.”Gibson celebrates a comeback in “The Beaver”, an eagerly-awaited drama movie directed by “The Silence of the Lambs” star Jodie Foster.Gibson has been in the news rather for personal issues than movie business activities of recent. He engaged in a bitter war of words with former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva after the Russian pianist and singer-songwriter claimed he beat her up.Film business experts hinted the occurrences could have ended Gibson’s once glorious career which featured blockbusters like “Mad Max” and “Braveheart” – before Foster insisted on signing him for a lead role in “The Beaver”.”I’ve learned a lot from what happened recently. But today, I live my life as I have always done. I need to stay true to myself,” Gibson told Live today (Fri).Speaking to the illustrated magazine, Gibson revealed he was currently working on a film about the Vikings.”I got to know them first at school at the age of 17. I wanted to find out more about these ‘raw creatures’ – and I thought to myself: I want to do a movie on them,” he explained.Gibson added: “The thing is that they were a really unkind bunch. They stole and murdered – but at home, they were all nice and charming.”