Mel Gibson has revealed he has an hour of unseen Braveheart footage that could be used to make an extended cut.
Gibson’s Oscar-running 1995 film, which he directed and starring in, boasts an epic running time of two hours 48 minutes. However, it could have been even longer.
“There’s almost an hour [of unseen footage] lying on the floor someplace, but I think it’s the right hour,” Gibson told Collider. “There’s literally an hour someplace. There’s an hour of stuff.”
Asked if he has ever been approached about putting together an extended cut of Braveheart, Gibson replied: “People have mentioned, ‘It’s a big deal, wooh.’ I don’t know, [if] somebody – Fox or Paramount – want to finance that, go ahead. They want to dig up the footage, I’ll slap it back together. And then we’ll get Steve Rosenblum, who’s a great editor. I’ve worked with him since a couple of times. I think he’d be up for it.”
Gibson added: “That was one of the highlights of his life, I think. That was a good flick.”
Gibson stars in the classic war film as William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. The film was nominated for 10 Oscars and won five: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup and Best Sound Editing.