It may seem so. The actor is already going to appear as the bad guy in this fall's "Machete Kills," and now it looks like he's going to exercise his unlikeable quality once again, as Showbiz 411 reports he'll be villain in "The Expendables 3." It sorta makes sense for Gibson to roll with Sylvester Stallone and his buds, since he came to fame in the same era as those guys, breaking out with "Mad Max." And again, it's a clever way to play on his public persona for a quick "ha ha look Mel Gibson is the bad guy" and then have some schadenfreude as we watch him get wasted.
But is this truly the start of a career comeback? Somehow we doubt it. Even audiences will tire of Gibson stunt casting, which already feels played out to some degree, even though "Machete Kills" and "The Expendables 3" are yet to hit screens. A full career rehab is going to require a bit more than sneer-smirking through some action movie sequels, but they'll be minor pleasures to witness on the big screen for now.