You don’t build one of the manliest movies of all time from the ground up without putting a few studio exec slugs in their place.
An incident took place involving a weaponized ash tray back when they were getting Braveheart off the ground, wich has been confirmed in a new book about former Paramount Pictures studio head Sherry Lansing according to a Tuesday report from The Hollywood Reporter.
The upcoming biography – titled Leading Lady – is being penned by the publication’s executive features editor Stephen Galloway as it details a tense meeting between studio executives and the GOAT before it all came to a head.
‘He grabbed a large glass ashtray and threw it through the wall,’ said agent Jeff Berg. ‘He threw the ashtray through the wall!’
Gibson confirmed the incident to THR as he explained: ‘I was like, “What the fuck do you people mean? I turned down three jobs — blah, blah, blah.”
‘I was kind of upset, probably a little over the top. It was all posturing bullshit.’
According to the weekly, 20th Century Fox had agreed to put in two-thirds of the money in exchange for foreign rights as the legendary studio chief Lansing only had to put in a third.
As the preliminary budget was $65-$70 million, Paramount Studio’s head of business affairs Bill Bernstein offered just $15 million upon their meeting with Gibson.
According to former MGM chairman and Paramount producer Alan Ladd Jr., that amount was not even enough to cover budget for the battle scenes.
So Gibson apparently took no shit…