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From Russia With Mel !! An Overseas Trailer For Gibson's New Movie (HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION)!?

Merrick here...

A Russian trialer for the new Mel Gibson movie is now making the rounds.  

The e-mails we're getting about it call it HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION, which is how it was initially announced a while back.  However, we recently heard the project was being retitled GET THE GRINGO - so I'm not sure what to make of this inconsistency.  I'm guessing this may be a case of regional re-titling (does anyone in Russia even know what a "gringo" is?)  Whatver it's title, the trailer speaks for Russian...and has an exploding person in it., which is always a 'win' in my book. 

The film is scripted by Gibson and Adrian Grunberg and Stacy Perskie,  and directed by Grunberg.  Grunberg was an assistant director on a number of high profile titles including WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS, MASTER AND COMMANDER, MAN ON FIRE, and Gibson's brilliant APOCALYPTO.  




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  • Jan. 23, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    First time first :)

    by DC Films

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by UltraTron

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Channeling Manon Fire Gets His Payback

    by DC Films

    If Grunberg can bring some Man on Fire grit and darkness to this, and if Mel can play to his darker side, ala Payback and Lethal Weapon 1, then we may be in business... <p><p> Looks pretty damn good so far...

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    That last shot is what he'd like to do to the whole world Ronald

    by UltraTron

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST

    If you double the amount of people who saw the Beaver to see this one

    by matthooper8

    You'll get 4 people to see this one. DOA

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST

    And BTW, The Gibson....

    by DC Films

    ...Is, IMHO, the best director out there right now (as in this era).<p><p> His output is about as infrequent as Kubrick's (and NO, i'm not saying he's as good as Kubrick - nobody is... except maybe Sergio Leone;)<p><p>But when he directs there's no touching his epic scope and instinct for real, old cinema that's about big screen story telling.<p><p>He's gotten better and better, culminating Apocalypto - a movie Spielberg woulda' been jealous of in his hey-day.<p><p>The Mel haters make me sick! I'm not defending his private life, but he's never asked me too and frankly until he does it's none of my business.<p><p>What he has asked us all to do is enjoy his movies and from this perspective i love the guy for enriching cinema in a way that no one else knows how, or cares to do anymore.<p><p>When you have a talent like his turning out the occasional masterpiece why is it we can't except that with the good maybe there comes the bad. The guy has demons by the looks of it, but then so did Francis Bacon, Michelangelo, Hunter S. Thompson, Philip K. Dick (del free to add...)<p><p>I'm very pleased to see Mel taking his career by the horns. Whether it be because he likes the script, or because he wants back in our good-books in order to get finance to get his Directing career out of Hollywood gossip prison, i look forward to some Mad-Mel onscreen again.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    GIBSON back making good R rated fun!

    by ABking

    If this was 1994 the film would be a HIT...but today post-Mel being the Mel we know I doubt this will make much money. Too bad too because it looks like good quirky FUN!

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 9:01 a.m. CST

    what as "gringo" is?

    by googamooga

    Looks like Harry is spell-checking Merrick's posts now too...

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Cant wait.Mad Mel is both a great actor and a great director.

    by KilliK

    And Edge of Darkness is very underrated,it is one of his best movies.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Looked pretty nice

    by DonnieDorko

    except the sound-effect from the wrestling-dive which was really funny how bad it was (Yeah, I know it's just that way in the trailer). And a dubbed Mel. Haven't seen that since Mad Max.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Fuck's sake people! Ten posts of talkback and still not a word about Jews.

    by highfunctioningsociopath

    Mel - "How I Spent My Summer Vacation? Drinking and burning Jews." Next.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Dunno what to think about this one...

    by Shady Drifter

    Doesn't look too good to say the truth... has a bit of a 3000 Miles to Graceland vibe to it - that movie also had cool actors but didn't quite cut it. Maybe a better trailer could change my opinion. Always ready to give Mel a chance.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Mel Gibson is teh greatest human being ever... but now

    by matthooper8

    I have to go, the other mental patients have to use the computer. That is truly how it feels when you get the fanatic defenders. Mel Gibson, is a fucking crazy person and the defenders are his flock.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    That looks AMAZING :):):):):):)

    by torontoxic

    I hope they release the English version soon. <P> Oh wait did he dare question jewpremacy? Well then he should be shot in the name of free speech! <P> I'll see this twice opening night.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST


    by DonnieDorko

    You can't drink jews. You probably meant juice.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Loved the shot of the guy exploding from the grenade.

    by Jack Desmondi

    And maybe the South of the Border setting will be a nice change of pace for Ole Mel. Still, the plot looks awfully familiar. Not very excited about this one.

  • Mel Gibson was recorded drunk and was manipulated by a gold-digging shrew into spewing what she probably deserved by a guy with rage issues who was blindsided by a treacherous bitch Put a bug on every Type-A personality actor/producer in Hollywood, every politico in Washington on a bad day and I guarantee you'll get the same if not worse. Reality Check Peace OUT!

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    dc films

    by Hyphin

    You're gonna get hate, but I ABSOLUTELY agree with you. Now, I do want to temper that with saying that, my FAVOURITE director is Peter Jackson, but the sheer quality of Gibson's every directorial effort just defies all comparison. The dude blends visuals and sound in a superb way.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Also for the Hypocrites who cry "RACIST!"....

    by Justicer7

    This is America. EVERYONE is either Racist or discriminates in some way or another and this country is BASED on freedom of speech. You don't have to be a hooded white man to be a racist in this country. Mel Gibson was famous for great movies, and now we know about his drunk shenanigans. Any of these hypocrites been to a bar? You hear all kinds of stupid shit there- Oh he doesn't like what? Rednecks hate Jews and just about everyone that's not them and they freely talk about it. Anyone heard of the bible belt? In full display in "BORAT". Jews don't like Palestinians. Catholics hate Protestants. Most black people are pressured to hating white people as a given from an early age. Asians dog almost everyone openly. Ask around-you'll know. So Mel Gibson is a talented director. And he might be a racist. Who cares. He seems like a nice guy and I'll be looking forward to more from him.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Mel is having fun again!

    by john

    Good for him, cause when Mel has fun, we all do.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    It's so uncomfortable watching Mel try to act somewhat normal...

    by MST3KPIMP

    now that we know what he's really like. even a cooky character that kills folks requires him to concentrate so as not to let his very crazy self come though. The way he delivered his dialog in Edge of Darkness came off as phonetic.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Mel Gibson is not crazier than Tom Cruise

    by Raptor Jesus

    So he's pretty crazy.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST


    by DC Films

    That's the nail on the head - blending visuals & sound.... Every other director seems to have lost that skill - even David Lynch has virtually given up. <p><p> Movies are sound % vision, everything else is ultimately superfluous. Maybe Tarantino comes close to telling stories this way in moments, but then the rest of the movie is driven by intricate dialogue. That's great in QT's hands, but Gibson is up there with Kubrick, Leone & Lean when it comes to what cinema is really about.<p><p> How many directors these days could tell a story and keep you gripped without relying on dialogue for the exposition? <p><p> I guess The Artist did, but that being it's very subject matter made this a little easier for it. Only Mel gives us ancient Hebrew, followed by ancient Mayan and manages to keep Joe Public hooked throughout. <p><p>Maybe that makes his style more akin to opera? So, like i said, Kubrick, Lean and LEONE...

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Did he spend it at a Nazi Camp hating Jews and everyone else!

    by D o o d

    You know? Cause he's racist and shit!

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Looks fun. I'll watch anything with Mel in it.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Mel can shoot it up here, but no role for him in FURY ROAD?

    by BeanGrud


  • Jan. 23, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST


    by lovesamuelfuller

    ....THAT looks like a fun movie! (even in Russian)

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    This but no FURY ROAD.... WTF? C'mon, Mel!

    by Mennen

  • Man: "So I heard you don't like the jews" Mel: "Or the blacks. Don't leave them out!"

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST


    by pumaman

    Frankly after the shit that went down with his ex missus, I'm amazed the man still has a career, let alone someone willing to work with him. Looks like a fun ride! I'm in.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    if only Mel had drugged and anally raped a 14 year old...

    by skelly

    We could still appreciate his genius. Or if he could only have been convicted of rape and sent to prison he would have been accepted by the cast of The Hangover. No, Mel's sins are much worse. He says stupid, hurtful things when drunk and angry. No one else has ever done this so he must become a pariah in our eyes.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Well said flyingbanthasneversleep. And quite a name.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    0:33 to 0:36 is pure Martin Riggs

    by darthvedder81

    Looks like fun to me.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Actually "Тюремные Каникулы" translates to

    by Maxer

    "Prison Vacation".. and that's what I think this is being marketed as in Russia. The credits at the end say "How I Spent My Summer Vacation", which I'm guessing will be either the American or international English, or both. Who knows where 'Get the Gringo' fits into all of this.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Don't insult the Jews, man

    by Mugato5150

    You can drug a 13 year old girl and rape her in the ass and skip town (Polanski), get tried and convicted of filming a 12 year old boy giving you a blow job (Victor Salva) and it's all good. But you don't bite the hand that feeds you, baby.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Mel Gibson HATES Jews, women, homosexuals and blacks...

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    THAT'S why his best friends in Hollywood are a homosexual woman; Jodie Foster. Jews; Richard Donner, Robert Downey Jr. and Dean Devlin. And black man; Danny Glover. He must really be SERIOUS about keeping his "enemies close" huh? Or else Mel Gibson is a whip-smart renaissance man with a politically incorrect sense of humor able to form his own moral opinions without the assistance of MTV, but one who unfortunately also battles with manic depression, bipolar disorder and alcoholism. While the hippocrates who stand on soapboxes lobbing ludicrous generalizations of slander are actively discriminating against and persecuting him not for any particular action but for his affliction... Naw, that can't be it. Because obviously people don't just purge every rotten thought that springs to mind when in the throws of inebriated mania. Those wiretappings were, of course, irrututable evidence of "hate speech" NOT "hurt speech". Perhaps the word "hate" simply got a fun new definition that I was unaware of. I guess it now means "opinionated differently than the status quo, unwilling to sellout ones family and somewhat disenchanted and unsupportive". Yeah, I suppose that IS pure HATRED and Mel Gibson is totally comparable to Adolf Hitler if not the demon seed of Lucifer himself! Yep, definately.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    ^^"irrefutable evidence"^^

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    And here I was thinking I was perfect! EDIT BUTTON PLEASE!

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Gibson dodged a bullet when Galifianakis vetoed him for Hangover 2!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Did someone say biggest disappoinment of 2011 and a contender for worst comedy of the decade? Best favor a hypocritical bigot ever did for Mel! Gibby ought to buy that man a boat (so hopefully he can get lost)!

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Mel is Awesome get over it you idiots.

    by CoolerKing72

    He gives nothing short of 110% in any of his films. Dont play the race card. Not on my watch

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    He's no more racist than Spike Lee

    by electraglide

    and I don't see him being ostracised

  • I could give 2 shits about the private lives of Hollywood entertainers. Just give me a good fucking movie!

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST


    by RRL

    I'm so late on this talkback... So I'm just talking to myself. By ant standards, Mel is a great actor and director. Period. All arts communities are filled with "geniuses" that would qualify as "insane", "unbalanced", or even just plain ol' "asshole". I wonder if his reputation is as tarnished in other countries? He's an artist, and as a fan I would love to believe he's also a great guy. But think of all the "icons" of film, music, and literature that have turned out to be not so great people. Only Americans say silly shit like "I've decided that Hemingway is no role model for my children, and doesn't think the way he should, so therefor I will not be reading his books..." Jeez. Just enjoy the man's art! It's not like he's teaching your kids' preschool or even (Zues/Crom/God forbid) coming to dinner! And BTW- try to check out "Darkness", it was really sadly skipped by critics and audiences in this country.

  • Two days ago, I saw a vehicle that would haul that tanker. You want to get out of here? You talk to me.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    "by ANY standards" (not "ant") Sorry folks!

    by RRL

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    The man, the myth, the legend...............Mel Gibson

    by DanielnocharismaCraig

    Deal with it sugartits!!!!!!

  • And APOCALYPTO is great.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST


    by IronEagle74

    This is what we're missing so badly right now out of Hollywood, movies with real actors who can kick ass with style. But, all the hypocrites in he world will continue trying to keep the man down. Robert Downey, Jr. is his only friend who has any balls I guess.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 9:53 p.m. CST

    the_genteel_gentile GETS IT! Congrats.

    by IronEagle74

    For you Mel hating hypocrites, suck on it.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Well said, both flyingbanthasneversleep & the_genteel_gentile

    by Stegman84

    The amount of shit that Gibson still gets is completely out of proportion with his so called crimes. He is a known long time alcoholic, and diagnosed manic depressive, and so, surprise surprise, he occasionally says stupid shit when drunk off his face, or in the heat of the moment during high stress events. And for that, apparently there is no forgiveness. But as others have mentioned, that very same public is willing to forgive convicted rapists, drug addicts, dealers, killers, bank robbers, wife beaters, child molesterers, religious crazies, tax cheats, shoplifters, bullies, egotists and more. Pull a gun on someone in a club? That's cool. Have your entourage beat someone to a pulp? No problem. Say some bad words and stupid things while drunk or during a heated argument in a collapsing relationship? Get the fuck out. No forgiveness. Ever. And prepare to have that thrown back in your face constantly and for all time. Blows my mind, it really does.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Saddest part is; in the waisted years of Mel's unjustified banishment...

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    we've probably all lost out on another three cinematic masterpieces he would have delivered. And it's all over a bunch of hot air hype by shadowy interest (likely multiple ones) with an ulterior agenda to smear anyone representing differing (yet rational) political or religious views by labeling them as "dangerous" (only because it poses a threat to those entities' ability to easily continue swaying the masses into passivity through sly manipulation and subversion). And please don't anyone be naive enough to think that deeply embedded in our mainstream media there wasn't an active ideological propaganda campaign mounted to discredit and defame Mel Gibson through classic gross distortion, disinformation and distraction tactics after the success of The Passion Of The Christ. Personally I think Oskana was an active agent of the conspiracy. Only way to explain the viciousness at which Mel was systematically broaken down before the gullible public eye. BUT NO MORE!!!

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 12:25 a.m. CST

    ^^"Oksana" (whatever that gold digging delilah's name is!)^^

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Great director.


    ...he deserves to be blown!

  • Racist hate from a nobody is deplorable enough but when you're famous then your words resonate with a lot of hateful people out there and the hate is just multiplied and there it breeds and continues. It's not like Mel just became famous. He's been around for ages and knows exactly what his words can trigger. Let's not forget that this Mel fella likes to beat on women too. No matter how disgusting the person (yes I'm talking about oksana) there are no excuses for physical violence. I also don't forgive Polanski for raping an underage girl and the other low life's in Hollywood or elsewhere! Just cause you're good at something does not give you a free pass to do what you like or behave however you want!

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    I'll vote with my money

    by D o o d

    And my money stays in my pocket when it comes to low life's!

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 12:42 p.m. CST

    d o o d - I don't know what "hate speech" is.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    I know what "free speech" is. I know what "private speech" is. I know what "drunk speech" is. I don't know, I think maybe "Mein Kampf" was "hate speech". Is "hate speech" the same thing as when a person with a wickedly dark sense of humor tosses of "brash speech" while inebriated? Just because someone uses "off-color" language while in a private moment of mania, doesn't make him a hate monger. Also, there no tangible evidence that Mel Gibson has ever been a woman beater. Oksana is obviously not to be believed, although she may in fact have needed a good smack (kidding... kind of). And if your money is going to stay in your pocket when it comes to "low lifes", I take it you won't be paying to see a movie ever again.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 7:57 p.m. CST


    by D o o d

    I won't disagree with anything you said. All good points and worthy of reading. However, I should remind you that because you and I are not easily led, does not mean that there are no weak minded individuals ou there. It only takes a suggestion of hate for some people from a powerful and influential individual, such as, Mel Gibson. It's not a million miles away from Mine kampf! I can tell the difference between a hateful person and someone who's got a dark sense of humour joking around. Mr Gibson has been caught Twice publically spouting off disgusting bigoted rubbish about Jews that I know off. Say it once and it's a slap on the wrist. Say it twice and you definitely have some issues! As for your last comment. Well I'm not even going to entertain that. There are lots of people in the entertainment industry who are decent and keep their politics to themselves!

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    d o o d - But Mel Gibson has by-in-large always kept to himself as well.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    By all accounts from those who know Mel Gibson, he is a very genuine and compassionate human being. Sure, he has his breaking points but So do us all. Gibson never made any "public" declarations about Jews, except to say he reveres their rich culture, acknowledges the reprehensible nature of bigotry, and respects their sensitivity. Context is everything. If I had to guess, I'd say Gibson isn't anti-semitic at all but he may be somewhat anti-zionist which is a totally different thing that actually has merit behind it. "Jew are responsible for all the wars in the world" could be taken as a sloppy frustrated drunk lamenting the fact that as he spoke those words Israel was in fact ignoring UN world sanctions and lobbing bombs on Lebanon. And the fact that the most powerful foreign policy lobby in Washington DC is the right wing "American Israel (formally known as "Zionist") Public Affairs Committee" and they pushed quite fervently for our involvement in Iraq because they were paranoid that Suddam Hussaan would build and sell WMD's to their many muslim enemies. It was also likely an expression of feeling resentful of the way his own personal expression of faith and forgiveness as dipicted in "Passion Of The Christ" was either deliberately twisted or simply misconstrued by many in supposedly revered stations of the Jewish American community as having something to do with encouraging hatred. Then there is the fact that so called "anti-defamationist" went after and slandered Mel's father because he dared to intellectually question both the legistics of actually killing 6 million Jews and their intolerance at having that number assessed while continually using it as a tool to excuse "zionism" and proclaiming ownership over the word "holocaust" if not the very state of suffering itself. Assertng that, as we all know, many Jewsih people escaped to Europe and the Americas and likely even more simply changed there identities and passed themselves off as non-jews. This is a matter of historical studies, not trivializing the atrocities commited against innocent citizens, and ought to be free to examine without fear of being labled a "holocaust denier". This even while it is well known that the Filipino's suffered even more harshly at the hand of the Jananese during WWII, as do many brown skinned people to this very day suffer an equal level of barbarism. Which of course has nothing to do with denying or celebrating the suffering of innocent Jewish people during WWII. I actually find that to all be very reasonible fodder for debate. Context. Context.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    And Hollywood has an abundance of depraved indiviuals

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Gibson being among the very leaste of them.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    As far as Gibson going berserk over the phone...

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    First off, we should all acknowledge that under the right circumstances we could, every one of us, all be driven to that, even without the culminating assistance of manic depression, bi polar disorder and alcoholsm. Second off, that sort of dramatic state is conjured more easily by an actor whom has flexed those muscles and kept them accessible to himself for some thirty years, than it would to a common joe. That's why Christian Bale can sort off go off on a diatribe toward the cameraman in one instance and then go right back to working the next. The temperment of an artist, and particularly a performance artist, is a very elusive and mysterious thing. Now as to Gibson's use of the "N-Word" Being somewhat of an amature scholar, it is obvious that Gibson was drewing upon a historical taboo within his manic purgings. The word is a racial slur that embodies the very worst attributes of that community, so it's actually used fairly appropriately - for instance, it would not be apt to say "a group of young distiguished African American gentleman molestors". Believe it, no one despises the people that personify a racial slur more than the upstanding representiives of that race - which Gibson was most clearly not referring. Sure it's the type of word that can be easily misconstrued, especially by those whom have suffered at it's historically injust use. But, right or wrong, Gibson was using it in a private argument with a white woman - so he should hardly have been worried about offending sensitivies that were never supposed to be privy to his intimate torment. Yes it's uncouth, but hardly conclusive evidence of Gibson being some frothy mothed racist. That's absurd.

  • Jan. 26, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    By the way, Mel's father is by-no-means an ignorant philistine.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Hutton Gibson was a veteran of WWII whom actually won the television quiz show "Jeopardy!" and used the winnings to relocate his family to Australia in hopes of staying off his eldest sons being drafted into what he considered an unjust war in Vietnam. Doesn't sound like the actions of man devoid of thoughtfulness. Sure he's also a bit of an conspiracy theorist enthusiast, but that's cool - and anyway what old codger isn't?