Mel Gibson on ‘Hacksaw Ridge’: ‘This is the pinnacle of heroism’

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NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) — In an interview with Michael Strahan on “Good Morning America,” director Mel Gibson called “Hacksaw Ridge” “the pinnacle of heroism.”

Based on a true story, “Hacksaw Ridge” tells the tale of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who was drafted and sent to the Battle of Okinawa but refused to fight. Instead Doss set out to protect his fellow soldiers.

“He saved their lives without firing a single weapon,” Gibson said. “He chose the higher route, which is pretty high indeed.”

“He took [the high road] in a seriously dangerous way,” Strahan joked.

Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield plays Doss in a role, Gibson said, he “inhabits perfectly.”

“He did such a great job, I’m really proud of him,” he said. “I’d like to work with this guy all the time. He’s amazing.”

The film, which, according to Strahan, is generating Oscar buzz, opens in theaters on Nov. 4.


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