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300 Mexican Prisoners Moved for Mel Gibson

1/10/2010 2:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mel GibsonMel Gibson's movie career is changing the way bad guys serve time in Mexico -- 300 inmates have been moved to another big house to make room for a movie Gibson is shooting.

It's all going down at the Ignacio Allende prison in Veracruz, Mexico -- the prison director claims he's emptied part of the prison so Mel could use the facility for an upcoming movie.

The prison director says the inmates have been sent to at least 4 jails. It's unclear which movie Gibson is planning to shoot inside the facility.


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carlos gallardo    

saludos ... bueno pues antes que nada me da gusto que mel gibson una vez mas este en mexico produciendo su pelicula nueva con actores mexicanos , yo soy uno de ellos que le gustaria poder contactar con la produccion para trabajar en este filme impresionante , deseo ponerme en contacto con su productora para llevar mis fotos y curriculum gracias y buen dia. tels 0445514374027 y 52947453

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1696 days ago

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Mel Gibson, at one time was a darling of the Hollywood entertainment industry. He has had a long career with many successful movies.

1685 days ago


Its a good information and great trip.thanks for sharing.

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1714 days ago


Demonstrations outside the Veracruz prison started up again this week (beg11Jan10), as officials continued to ship inmates away from the jail - prompting a publicist for Gibson to speak out over the controversy.

Gibson's rep, Alan Nierob, tells, "No one with production asked for this transfer. What they do and how they do it is their business, it doesn't involve my client at all."

1745 days ago


I think it will be difficult for him but I think in some ways his vulnerabilities make him sorta appealing also. He has probably completely alienated a certain percentage of his fans but I think most people can empathize with his alcohol problem.

1743 days ago


Can Mel Gibson still draw a crowd?

But by the end of summer 2006, Gibson suddenly was toxic after that drunken, vocal run-in with Malibu police. Despite immediate apologies and the beginning of a self-proclaimed "journey through recovery," things unraveled. ABC quickly dropped plans for a Gibson-produced Holocaust-themed miniseries; his wife and mother of their seven children separated from him (they divorced last year); and several prominent industry figures, most notably Sony chief Amy Pascal and Endeavor partner Ari Emanuel, publicly encouraged an industry boycott.


Hollywood being Hollywood, income potential buys a lot of forgiveness, or at least useful denial. So, three years beyond his traffic stop, Gibson not only is starring in "Darkness," but he's also, as a result of their agency merger last year, a client at WME under Emanuel. ("It works fine," Gibson's longtime agent Ed Limato says of the arrangement. "He's a major client for the company.")


1742 days ago


Fidel Herrera, Governor of Veracruz (Mexico), told reporters that the decision to transfer the inmates was not to facilitate filming.
"I do not know whether they'll film a movie, but this issue became a news Headliner," Herrera said.
He added that criticism is preferable to a massacre at the prison, with a heap of slain.
According to Herrera, military and police discovered a plan to start a riot that would allow the mass murder of inmates at "Ignacio Allende" in the port of Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico.
The governor reported that organized crime planned to attack the prison on Jan. 9 and behead prisoners who appeared on a list.

Governor: Mexico prison not cleared for Gibson film
14 January 2010

Veracruz, Mexico, Jan 14 (EFE).-

Inmates were cleared from a prison last week in Mexico's Veracruz state for security reasons and not to allow U.S. actor Mel Gibson to begin shooting a film later this month at the facility, Veracruz Gov. Fidel Herrera said.

"Whether the Gibson film is made or not, I don't know, but this issue turned into a national spectacle," Herrera said.

Criticism is better, however, than having a massacre at the prison, with a "bunch of beheaded people," the governor said.

The Veracruz state government was criticized for reportedly speeding up the removal of inmates from the Ignacio Allende prison, located in the port city of Veracruz and housing some 1,000 prisoners, for the shooting of a Gibson movie.

The security forces closed streets near the prison, which is on one of the main streets in Veracruz, located some 400 kilometers (249 miles) east of Mexico City, last weekend so inmates could be transported to other facilities aboard about a dozen buses.

The operation began shortly before midnight Friday and ended around 3:00 a.m. on Saturday.

The courts were never notified of the decision, meaning that the law was violated, the state's chief judge, Reynaldo Madruga, said.

The inmate transfer caused problems for defense attorneys, who must assist clients accused of robbery, murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking and other crimes, Madruga said.

Security forces personnel uncovered a plot to stage a riot at the prison, Gov. Herrera said, adding that an organized crime group planned to attack the facility on Jan. 9 and behead inmates whose names were on a hit list.

"The Defense Secretariat, the navy, the prosecutor's office and the Public Safety Secretariat allowed us, with the cooperation of many of the inmates who appeared on the execution list, to carry out a discreet transfer," Herrera said.

Officials decided to speed up the transfer to foil the attack on the prison, which will be replaced by a new facility currently under construction, the governor said.

The inmates were moved to state prisons in the cities of Acayucan, Coatzacoalcos, Tuxpan, Cosamaloapan, Papantla and San Andres Tuxtla.

Filming for the Gibson project, whose subject is not known, is expected to last several months.

Gibson, one of Hollywood's biggest names, filmed his 2006 Maya epic "Apocalypto" in Veracruz state.

1742 days ago


I used to be a big-time Mel Gibson fan dating all the way back to his earliest films, so of course I was hugely disappointed by his recent Anti-Semitic slurs when he was pulled over for drunk driving.
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1741 days ago

oh GROSS, I bet that's a nasty, nasty place to have to shoot a film.

1747 days ago


and how much is the prison getting paid for this?

1747 days ago


This is totally disgusting. Why should these people be displaced so that some mega-egotistical fool can make a movie? Obviously money plays a very big part in all of this yet I still say it is disgusting. I for one will not go to see this movie. In fact I wouldn't waste my time seeing any of Gibson's movies. From handsome, respected actor to over the hill, slander mouthed, cheating creep.

1747 days ago

Glory Bee    

I can only hope that the money the Mexican prison receives will be an economic boon to the area and/or prison. Providing better conditions for all involved. Sadly, there is so much corruption there I fear the money will go into the pockets of a few corrupt officials. We can hope for the positive.

1747 days ago



They aren't forcing regular people out of their homes. They are temporarily rehousing PRISONERS from one jail to another. Sorry but I don't really share your outrage at criminals being temporarily inconvenienced for a short time.

1747 days ago

Who cares. They are criminals. Nobody cares if they are displaced loser.

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