Gibson Reduced Lethal Weapon Crew To Tears

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November 26, 2010 | 2:15pm EST

Mel Gibson was so intense during the filming of Lethal Weapon, he left crewmembers in tears with his portrayal of unhinged cop Martin Riggs.
The actor surprised his co-stars and director Richard Donner with his emotional performance as the suicidal sergeant, and several of the crew wept during a scene where Riggs contemplated shooting himself following the death of his wife.

Donner tells Total Film magazine, “The camera was shaking because I’m crying, the operator’s crying. And I start to get worried about Mel. (He) hit (himself) with (the gun)! And this was after the take was over.”