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Mel Gibson, 66, cuts a casual figure as he heads out for dinner at Craig's in West Hollywood


Mel Gibson, 66, cuts a casual figure in a black tracksuit as he heads out for dinner at Craig’s in West Hollywood

Mel Gibson cut a casual figure as he enjoyed a late night dinner in West Hollywood on Wednesday.

The 66-year-old actor dressed down for the occasion as he sported a black polo top and matching tracksuit bottoms. 

The Mad Max star kept warm under a blazer jacket and added a pair of black and white trainers to the relaxed look.  

Casual: Mel Gibson, 66, cut a casual figure in a black polo top and matching tracksuit bottoms as he enjoyed a late night dinner in West Hollywood on Wednesday

Casual: Mel Gibson, 66, cut a casual figure in a black polo top and matching tracksuit bottoms as he enjoyed a late night dinner in West Hollywood on Wednesday

The outing comes after it was confirmed last year that Mel will both direct and star in the upcoming action feature Lethal Weapon 5 – 23 years after the last instalment in the iconic franchise.

The actor announced last month that his long-time co-star Danny Glover will make an appearance in the latest film, reprising his role as LAPD Sergeant Roger Murtaugh.

Mel detailed how he asked for 75-year-old Danny’s blessing to direct the movie following the death of director Richard Donner – who took charge of the first four films.

Reiterating his intention to direct the feature, Mel, who plays detective Martin Riggs, told Entertainment Tonight: ‘Yeah, I am directing that. I’m really looking forward to it.’

Chic: The Mad Max star kept warm under a blazer jacket and added a pair of black and white trainers to the relaxed look

Chic: The Mad Max star kept warm under a blazer jacket and added a pair of black and white trainers to the relaxed look

Relaxed: The actor enjoyed a bite to eat at the Hollywood hotspot

Relaxed: The actor enjoyed a bite to eat at the Hollywood hotspot 

The star went on to add that his place behind the camera was bittersweet following the death of Richard, who passed away in July 2021.

He added: ‘I wish I wasn’t directing it. I wish Richard Donner was still here to do it but left us untimely, and he actually asked me, he said “Hey kid, if I don’t make it, you’ll take the reins, huh?” I told him to shut up. I think it’s an honour for me to be able to carry the flag for him’.

And after getting Richard’s blessing, Mel told how he then turned to Danny to ask his thoughts on him directing, also confirming that the star was on board with reprising his iconic role.

Exciting times to come: It was confirmed last year that Mel will both direct and star in the upcoming action feature Lethal Weapon 5 - 23 years after the last instalment in the iconic franchise

Comfortable: Mel dined at a celebrity hotspot in West Hollywood

Exciting times to come: It was confirmed last year that Mel will both direct and star in the upcoming action feature Lethal Weapon 5 – 23 years after the last instalment in the iconic franchise

Pending: The upcoming film is expected to enter the production phase at an unspecified date in 2022

Pending: The upcoming film is expected to enter the production phase at an unspecified date in 2022

Reunion: The actor announced last month that his long-time co-star Danny Glover will make an appearance in the latest film, reprising his role as LAPD Sergeant Roger Murtaugh

Reunion: The actor announced last month that his long-time co-star Danny Glover will make an appearance in the latest film, reprising his role as LAPD Sergeant Roger Murtaugh

Mel went on: ‘I called Danny [Glover] up, of course, and said “Hey, dude, is it okay with you if I direct this?”, to which Glover replied “Yeah, let’s go”.

Though the plot of the fifth film in the franchise is as yet unknown, Mel told how he has complete faith in Danny, adding: ‘I know Danny’s going to pull it off real well, too. He’s kind of like the show pony in this one’.

The upcoming film is expected to enter the production phase at an unspecified date in 2022.

Accepted: Mel asked for 75-year-old Danny's blessing to direct the movie following the death of director Richard Donner - who took charge of the first four films.

Accepted: Mel asked for 75-year-old Danny’s blessing to direct the movie following the death of director Richard Donner – who took charge of the first four films.

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