Director Mel Gibson was recently in France promoting his new film "Hacksaw Ridge" when he was asked by France 24 if the film is "anti-war." "Hacksaw Ridge," which opens November 4, tells the story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a conscientious objector who served in World War II by rescuing wounded soldiers. In the Battle of Okinawa Doss saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He received the Medal of Honor.
It is an anti-war movie. I think all war movies are anti-war movies, but we do have to be compassionate to our warriors. When I was a kid I moved to Australia, I would have been drafted in Vietnam at 18, but by that time the war had ended, I was like 17 and the war was over so I never got drafted. My father was not a big believer in that conflict, but - and here's the truth of it - I hate war, but I love the warrior. And those guys that went to war, I appreciate and honor their sacrifice, because many of them lost much, even when they come home they suffer. So they need some attention.