He's no stranger to controversy, and now claims have emerged that Mel Gibson was difficult during negotiations for one of his most famed roles in 1995 film Braveheart.
A new book, Leading Lady, penned by former Paramount CEO Sherry Lansing, reveals the Hollywood actor was not happy with how much he was being offered financially, almost leading to the star deciding to not direct and star in the flick, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
"He grabbed a large glass ashtray and threw it through the wall,” agent Jeff Berg is quoted as recalling in the book. "He threw the ashtray through the wall!"
The now 61-year-old actor admits himself that his reaction was "probably a little over the top".
"I was like, 'What the f— do you people mean? I turned down three jobs — blah, blah, blah'," he says in the book.
"I was kind of upset, probably a little over the top. It was all posturing bulls***."
The film went on to win five awards at the Oscars, including Best Director which gives a nod to Mel's work.
One of Mel's more recent directing efforts has been for film Hacksaw Ridge, which landed several Oscar nominations this year.
Mel spoke to Be at the Sydney premiere of the film, and explained how he became involved in the war film.
"Hal Wallis was trying to get the rights to the movie back in 1948. And he [Desmond Doss] wouldn't give it of course, because he was very humble - he never even went to the movies. So it was actually Bill Mechanic, who's the producer on this [who got me onto it," Mel said.
The movie follows Doss, a 'conscientious objector', who refused to bear weapons at war, yet was awarded a Medal Of Honor for saving 75 of his comrades.
Hacksaw Ridge was filmed in Sydney and boasts a star-studded Aussie line-up, including Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey and Teresa Palmer, alongside Andrew Garfield, who plays Doss.
The actor/director spoke about how shooting in Australia (where he grew up) compares favourably to working on international film sets, before letting rip with the swear words!
"There's a lot less baloney here than in other places," he said.
He added: "The cast and the crew, and all the people involved in the filmmaking here are as good or if not, better than anywhere in the world.
"Australia is a great place to film. It's more direct. You call a spade a f*cking shovel, you know?"