Mel Gibson: 'I nearly got killed filming Braveheart'

Mel Gibson: 'I nearly got killed filming Braveheart'

MEL Gibson has revealed that he nearly got killed filming the much-admired battle scenes in Braveheart.

Speaking ahead of the 20th anniversary of historical epic Gibson,who directed and starred in the Oscar-winning film, said that he was almost seriously injured by a horse.

He said: "There was a horse that nearly killed me. He had a good trick where he did this whole rear-up thing, but he'd also fall backwards, which is a problem if you've fallen off first and you're behind him.

"He did that to me. My stunt double ran in and pulled me out of the way just as the horse fell."

The 58-year-old added that the secret to the film’s success lies in his meticulous planning of the battle scenes, many of which featured member of the Irish army.

Speaking to Empire magazine, Gibson said: "The thing I wanted out of the battle sequences was clarity. I've seen a lot of these battle movies and they just turn into mush.

"I broke it down to archers and horses and hand-to-hand and who had the high ground and the low ground, everybody was clearly delineated, even though it was often the same bunch of people playing different parts.

"We had the guys from the Irish Army, and one day they were all dressed like Scots and the next day they'd be English. I think there's a scene where somebody actually kills himself!"