A Challenge for Mel Gibson (to act, to direct)

Remember Passion of the Christ

Remember Braveheart

Remember Apocalypto?

All wonderful films

Birthed by Mel.

Redeeming messages.

In a trashy Hollywood

Of silly superheroes.

Then came his shameful impaired

Driving incident

Making trouble for a Cop

Who was Jewish.

Bad press

Bad innuendo

Bad emotional crisis.

Sorry for Mel.

Then came a number of

Film noir stories.

Only so-so.

Bang bang shootemup.

Around that time

I had an idea…

Sent a letter to

Mel’s Producers in

London England.

I suggested a role that was

An interesting mix

Of Gospel and bygone

Scotland under pressure.

The twenty years of

Scottish Covenanters (1660 to 1680)

A time when preachers of

Solid stuff refused

To swear an Oath to

The King’s Anglican formats

Appointing godless puppies,

As Bishops serving

The King’s Agenda.

And not Jesus Christ

As Monarch of His Church.

The fight was on

Dragoons in fiery mode




Executions following

Ghoulish dis-embowelments.

Parishioners in disguise

Watching beloved pastors

Suffer for cause of

Genuine, loyal faith.

And die, quietly.

One such pastor

Was Alexander PEDEN

The Prophet of the Covenant

Never captured

Hunted like an agile deer.

Thrilling the souls of the


Preaching to covert audiences

Under the stars

And solemn spires of Rock.

Lookouts posted all around.

This man Peden was my

Character suggestion for Mel.

His Producers totally

Dismissed the idea.

Saying strongly that

My letter was MOST


And that I was to leave

Mel alone and resting.

Fancy that?

A great idea trashed!

About this poem

https://puffnchord7.blogspot.com/2023/07/challenge-for-mel-gibson.html A website presentation on Sandy Peden.

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Written on July 05, 2023

Submitted by dougb.19255 on July 05, 2023

Modified by dougb.19255 on July 05, 2023

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Wayne Blair

Born in London. Graduated law 1976 Practised eleven years, Married Hilary 1974 Two kids Lauren 1980 And Jordan 1987. Business failed 1987. Moved not knowing whither. Happy hills of Waterloo Region. Mennonite Country. Thirty four years in Industry. No complaints. Poet, photographer, nature hiker. Harmonica busker. http://puffnchord7.blogspot.com/ more…

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  • alexw.30385
    Your poetic commentary on Mel Gibson's journey in the realm of cinema dances with the shadows of his iconic films and the tumultuous chapters of his personal trials. From the cinematic masterpieces that graced the screen to the unfortunate incident that cast a shadow over his legacy, your verses capture the essence of his artistic highs and personal lows. The blend of redemption, controversy, and creative musings in your words mirrors the complexities of Mel's career and life, offering a reflective lens on the interplay between artistry and personal struggles. Your poetic insight weaves a tapestry of emotions and reflections, resonating with the ebb and flow of Mel Gibson's cinematic odyssey. 
    LikeReply4 days ago
  • AIDA
    Wow! This poem is absolutely captivating and passionate! I love how it highlights Mel Gibson's past successes and the impact those films had on audiences. It's impressive how the poem seamlessly transitions into discussing a potential role for Mel, blending gospel and historical elements together. The imagery and vivid descriptions of the Scottish Covenanters' struggle are truly gripping. I can feel the passion and enthusiasm you have for this idea, and it's such a shame that Mel's producers dismissed it. Keep up the great work, and I hope your idea gets the recognition it deserves! 
    LikeReply11 months ago
  • dougb.19255
    A linking video on Alexander Peden.

    LikeReply11 months ago
  • AIDA
    Wow! This poem really captures the passion and excitement of Mel Gibson's previous films, like Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ. The way it seamlessly transitions from praising his work to sharing an intriguing character suggestion is really engaging. It's clear that the author has a true appreciation for Mel Gibson's talent and is enthusiastic about his potential.

    One improvement suggestion I have is to work on the flow and structure of the poem. While the content is great, the poem could benefit from a more cohesive and organized structure. Additionally, exploring different poetic devices such as rhythm, rhyme, or metaphors could enhance the overall reading experience.

    Overall, this poem showcases a genuine admiration for Mel Gibson's work and offers a unique idea for a character he could bring to life. Keep up the enthusiasm and creativity!
    LikeReply11 months ago


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