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Mel Gibson tattooed 'squiggles' on biker fan

Published 26/05/2016

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Mel Gibson related to his character's transformation from "sinner to saint" in new film Blood Father.

Mel Gibson once tattooed squiggles and pictures on a biker.

The actor and director stars as a former biker John Link in Jean-Francois Richet's new thriller Blood Father, and he did a lot of in-depth research when preparing for the film.

Mel, 60, mainly studied gangs through watching documentaries and speaking with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officers who had infiltrated such groups. But he at one point he decided to fully immerse himself in the culture, and learnt how to tattoo, with one biker allowing Mel to test out his artistic skills.

"Some guy let me tattoo him... I was just drawing little squiggles and pictures on the guy," Mel told Britain's The Guardian newspaper. "He was like: 'Yeah, go ahead, I don’t care.' With ink and everything. So, yeah, he’s stuck with that stuff now unless he wants to get it erased somehow."

Rather than being inked himself Mel wore temporary tattoos, grew a beard and focused on getting into shape in order to embrace the required mindset of his character.

The film's narrative focuses on an ex-convict who reunites with his estranged 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers, with the actor describing his character John as being "very American". Committed Catholic Mel found the redemption element of the film particularly appealed to him, especially his alter ego's transformation from "sinner to saint".

"The fact that he’d led a pretty rough life – he’s got a lot of sins on his back... Not quite saint, but close enough," he said.

Despite happily doing press for Blood Father, Mel is adamant that he won't be promoting himself or his films on social media outlets anytime soon.

"No. I don’t tweet. I fart," he laughed.

The Braveheart star, who attended the premiere Blood Father at the Cannes Film Festival last Saturday (21May16), is glad to be back in the "driver's seat" though having spent a few years lying low following his battle with alcoholism and a spate of controversial remarks made in the public sphere.

Blood Father, which also stars William H. Macy and Diego Luna, is slated for U.S. release on 26 August (16).

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