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Mel Gibson slams claims that he’s set to star in upcoming film about Ireland

The actor has slammed the reports as "completely untrue"


Mel Gibson has slammed claims that he’s set to star in an upcoming film about Ireland.

According to the Irish Sun, Turkish film maker Omer Sarikaya claimed that Mel will be a part of his new project when production kicks off next year.

The film has been dubbed ‘Famine’, and will be based on events during 1847, when the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire Abdul Majid sent food ships to Drogheda in Co. Louth.

Omer told the newspaper: “Mel thinks the topic of the story is amazing. He (Mel) loves Irish people and the country and he’s half Irish.”

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“So next year we are shooting this movie in Ireland and Turkey. We already have big investors and sponsors.”

The film maker reportedly approached Mel with the idea when they met at the Venice Film Festival.

However, Mel’s publicist Alan Nierob has since denied Omer’s claims, and said: “Mel is 100 per cent not involved with this (film). These claims are completely untrue. This is a misrepresentation as our client knows nothing about this project.”

Despite the denial, Omer told the publication: “I have met Mel. Maybe his publicist doesn’t know about this project.”

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