Mel Gibson's decade-long directorial hiatus has officially ended

By Blake Bakkila
Updated October 05, 2016 06:19 PM
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Mel Gibson has made his way to Venice.

Gibson was joined by Andrew Garfield, 33, who leads the cast of the World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge. The two were seen laughing and talking at a photocall at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday. Gibson kept it casual in a polo shirt and jeans, and Garfield sported a white button down and tie with black pants.

The 60-year-old actor and director returned from a 10-year directorial hiatus as the film – which is already garnering Oscar buzz – marks his first directorial effort since 2006’s Apocalypto.

“Maybe I’m a megalomaniac, I don’t know,” he told reporters of his latest film. “But I just love telling the story and I love to see the story the way I see it.”

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Gibson has acted in various films during his directorial hiatus, including The Expendables 3 in 2014 and Machete Kills in 2013. He is also set to star alongside Sean Penn in the upcoming film The Professor and the Madman.

Hacksaw Ridge will hit theaters Nov. 4, 2016.