Mel Gibson is playing a cantankerous version of Santa Claus in his latest film, 'Fatman', and the internet is not happy.
The 64-year-old Academy Award winner, who is known for his portrayal of Max Rockatansky in the Mad Max series, and has given us hits like 'Braveheart' and 'The Passion of The Christ', is now facing intense backlash online after the release of the trailer of his upcoming black comedy film, Fatman.
While the makers of the film seem to have pulled out all the stops in showcasing a unique version of Father Christmas, the casting of Mel Gibson has enraged the online community, who plan to boycott the film on account of his problematic anti-Semitic views and domestic violence allegations.
The Twitter community has spoken out against the film and Mel Gibson, who has been embroiled in numerous controversies over the course of his four-decade-long career.
The problematic persona of Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson's latest film 'Fatman' is a twisted tale on a disgruntled man called Chris Cringle (portrayed by Gibson), who also happens to be Santa Claus.
The film co-stars Walton Goggins (Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight) and Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Blindspot, Homecoming) and is scheduled to release on the 13th of November.
Over the course of his career, Mel Gibson has often been called out by fans and members of the industry for his insensitive and anti-Semitic remarks. In 2006, he was infamously arrested for drunk driving and was also heard spewing hatred against the Jewish community.
Despite him apologising for his vitriolic rant that very year, his remarks proved to be the tipping point for a large section of the community.
He is often known for his rants and problematic tirades on religion and faith, which have never failed to invoke the ire of the online community. Apart from that, he has also faced domestic abuse allegations as well as a restraining order from his ex-partner, Oksana Grigorieva.
Recently, in June, he was also embroiled in an exchange with popular actress Winona Ryder, where he reportedly asked if she was as an 'oven dodger' which is apparently a derogatory reference to her Jewish background.
From being an alleged homophobic to an accused racist, the online community have certainly not forgotten any of Mel Gibson's past demeanours as they took to Twitter to vehemently oppose the release of his new film:
Amid mounting dissent, this festival season certainly doesn't seem to look too jolly for Mel Gibson, who continues to face the music for his problematic past actions.