Mel Gibson threw ashtray against wall during 'Braveheart' negotiations

Mel Gibson. Photo / AP
Mel Gibson. Photo / AP

Mel Gibson once threw an ashtray through a wall during Braveheart budget meetings.

The 61-year-old actor confirmed the incident 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 A-list star before it all came to a head, the Daily Mail reports.

"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 f*** 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 bulls***."

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.

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The studio also requested for 25 percent of the historical epic's theatrical revenue.

Eventually things were sorted out after Gibson's glass-throwing incident and Paramount Studios revised their offer as they paid for one-third of the budget and accepted a lower distribution fee.

It definitely seemed to be the right move as Braveheart went on to earn over $210 million at the worldwide box office including nearly $76 million domestically.

It also received critical acclaim leading to five Oscars including Best Picture and a Best Director win for Gibson.

- Daily Mail

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