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Mel Gibson, 64, reveals he was told to STOP EATING by the directors of his new film

‘Porky’ Mel Gibson, 64, was told to ‘stop eating ice cream and cookies’ after gaining too much weight for his new film Fatman

He may be known for playing some strapping characters in blockbuster films such as Lethal Weapon and Braveheart.

But Mel Gibson revealed this week that the directors of his new movie, Fatman, had told him to stop eating because he was becoming obese.

The actor, 64, told The Sun he’d expected to put on weight for his role as Santa in the dark comedy, but was surprised when directors Eshom and Ian Nelms instructed him to ditch the ‘ice cream and cookies’ because he was taking things too far.

‘I’m reasonably porky’: Mel Gibson has revealed the directors of his new movie, Fatman, told him to stop eating because he was becoming obese. Pictured in Malibu on July 12

‘I am reasonably porky,’ Mel told the publication. 

He revealed he’d asked the Nelms brothers if they wanted him to fatten up a bit for the role, but was told he was ‘perfect’ the way he was.  

‘Just because we call it Fatman does not mean you have to be obese,’ Mel said they’d told him. 

'Just because we call it Fatman does not mean you have to be obese': The actor, 64, had expected to put on weight for his role as Santa in the dark comedy, but was surprised when the directors told him to ditch the 'ice cream and cookies' because he was taking things too far

‘Just because we call it Fatman does not mean you have to be obese’: The actor, 64, had expected to put on weight for his role as Santa in the dark comedy, but was surprised when the directors told him to ditch the ‘ice cream and cookies’ because he was taking things too far

He added: ‘Believe me, I have the post-50 years of age insulin gut.’

In Fatman, Mel portrays an unorthodox version of Santa Claus, who is a gun-toting hitman instead of a cheerful festive icon. 

Mel’s Santa fights to survive against another assassin after he gives coal to the wrong child.

Dark comedy: In Fatman, Mel portrays an unorthodox version of Santa Claus, who is a gun-toting hitman instead of a cheerful festive icon

Dark comedy: In Fatman, Mel portrays an unorthodox version of Santa Claus, who is a gun-toting hitman instead of a cheerful festive icon

Returning franchise: It comes after Mel, who recently overcame a battle with Covid-19, confirmed that Lethal Weapon 5 was 'absolutely on the way'

Returning franchise: It comes after Mel, who recently overcame a battle with Covid-19, confirmed that Lethal Weapon 5 was ‘absolutely on the way’ 

It comes after Mel, who recently overcame a battle with Covid-19, confirmed that Lethal Weapon 5 was ‘absolutely on the way’.

Last month, he appeared on Good Morning America and said director Richard Donner was already working on the next film.

‘The man who was behind all that, the man who brought it to the screen, and gave it the goodies, is working on it right now. Richard Donner. He’s a legend,’ he said.

The original Lethal Weapon was released in 1987. The last film in the series, Lethal Weapon 4, hit cinemas 22 years ago. 

Box office hit: The original Lethal Weapon was released in 1987. The last film in the series, Lethal Weapon 4, hit cinemas 22 years ago. Pictured: a still from Lethal Weapon 2 in 1989

Box office hit: The original Lethal Weapon was released in 1987. The last film in the series, Lethal Weapon 4, hit cinemas 22 years ago. Pictured: a still from Lethal Weapon 2 in 1989

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