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has hollywood gone too far in the patriot The Patriot the American 1775-1781 War of Independence epic starring Mel Gibson is the subject of much controversy worldwide So what is all the fuss about Everyone loves Mel right Spike Lee hates it and many Britons are taking issue with it Its a big-budget summer smash-hit blockbuster war epic So why is The Patriot provoking such venom The Patriot is a big big movie with a big big star tackling a big big subject But as is increasingly the way in Hollywood such minor details as history and factual detail take a backseat to the stuff that gets millions of moviegoers into cinemas The Patriots ace card is Mel Gibson Everyone loves Mel right Even if you think his films are toss which many of them are you cant resist that cheeky grin those world-weary wrinkles and those rippling biceps Mels a hero no question from Braveheart to Lethal Weapon to the wacky rooster in Chicken Run He was born to save the day climb the mountains slash the swords lead the charge get the girl beat the baddies and so on So weve got Mel good start All we need now is a story one thatll appeal to an American market because HEY thats where the munzo is Heres a good one a story based on one of the heroes of the American War of Independence The subject of slavery Mel plays Benjamin Martin and Benjamin is based on the character of Francis Marion who was known as the swamp fox a hero of the Revolutionary War and the man credited with inventing guerrilla warfare In The Patriot Mels character leads the battle against King George IIIs army of vicious Red Coats But theres more than meets the eye with this story or at least the eye of director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlins camera remember Godzilla Independence Day
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