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Gibson: I'm done financing films

Mel Gibson has said he won't be financing his own films in the future because he doesn't want to be taken for a ride.

The actor and director found the money for projects such as controversial religious film The Passion Of The Christ (2004) and 2006's Apocalypto, but told the Hollywood Reporter that he won't be doing it again.

Referring to those films, he said: "Nobody would have financed them, they more or less worked, but I would never have got anyone else to finance them.

"I'm out of that business of financing my own films because they see you coming and take you for a ride. I'm not a fool."

The Expendables 3 star continued: "It's difficult for the things I deem worthy to direct, where you can get a really good compelling story out of - nobody else has much faith in it and never did."

Talking about which projects he is drawn to, Mel said he has had never had "a master plan" when it comes to his career.

"I just do what's in front of me and what interests me at the time," explained the 58-year-old.

"There are ideas everywhere and they come literally from everywhere and that's good.

"But there are no new ideas, ever. The only thing you can do that is different is to execute the idea differently."

Mel was speaking at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, where he picked up a lifetime achievement award.

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