Mel Gibson hasn’t exactly had the best last couple years. Religious passions, anti-Semitic slurs, and various alcohol-related charges have clouded what otherwise has been a spectacular career. Financially, thanks in large part to Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, money is no longer a real concern — and it appears now that media scrutiny is making Mel leave the U.S. behind for a new jungle retreat.
Reports are coming in that Gibson has purchased a $24 million 400-acre ranch in Costa Rica. Already, he’s sold two of his homes in the United States and sources are reporting that “he’s planning to live in his new location for most of the year.” From the article,
“Gibsonâ€™s move will endear him to a nation that is big on conservation. Costa Rica isÂ famed for the richness and variety of its rainforest and wildlife and is home to five per cent of the worldâ€™s flora and fauna. The ranch is well away from temptation, located more than 300 miles from Costa Ricaâ€™s capital, San Jose.”
Mel’s new home will no doubt feature some green additions. The actor has been active in eco-friendly initiatives; including starring in 2006′s Who Killed The Electric Car documentary. Recently, he also became a primary investor (along with Bruce Willis) in Green Rubber Global. According to a post we wrote last month, Green Rubber “will use waste-free environmentally friendly technology to produce a rubber compound that can be used to make all kinds of products â€“ including more tires.”
Space and a new setting may be just what Mel needs — he’ll also be using his new southern home to scout locations for his next film, an epic about the Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez De Balboa. Groovy. Hit the jump for more.Â