Mel Gibson’s break through films were Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2 (1981), and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Due to his physical appearance he made a natural leading male role in action pictures. Not only was the Lethal Weapon series extremely successful, they were also Gibson’s “favorite performances. It sounds really crummy, I know, but although the work doesn’t look hard, it’s difficult to create effortless on screen.” Although Gibson was an awesome leading man and had many successful films, he has also had much success as a director and producer. Gibson won two Academy Awards for Braveheart in 1995; the first for Best Director and the second for Best Picture. Other films include The Man Without a Face, We Were Soldiers, Immortal Beloved and Hamlet.