Sunday September 23, 2007
Awestruck by ‘Lethal Weapon’
HOLLYWOOD arrived at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in a big way recently in the form of Mel Gibson and producer Bruce Davey.
The two paid a surprise visit to the campus, where hundreds of students crowded around them after they had been greeted upon arrival by Limkokwing president Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing.
The Hollywood giant behind such films as Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, Mad Max and Apocalypto later addressed students at the university’s Hall of Fame.
Lim also awarded the two celebrities with honorary fellowships.
Gibson fielded many questions from the floor, and when asked about filmmaking, he said: “The future of film is digital.”
And he had much to share with aspiring filmmakers, saying: “You have to follow your dreams. It’s intensely interesting. You are here and you have a gift. Spend some time honing your gift.
“Hone and refine what you are born with. You have to be inspired and engaged.”
Gibson added that acting and directing was essentially the same job.
“It’s more satisfying to direct because it has more impact. It’s the same game because I started when I was 19 and that’s 32 years ago – and you can learn a lot in 32 years.”
Lim said Gibson’s visit was educational as he talked about computer-generated movies and directing.