El Mel talks in tongues

Aussie all-rounder Mel Gibson got a taste for foreign language films from making middle-America shocker The Passion Of The Christ and now he’s thirsty for more.

Having obviously spent some months with his snout buried in a phrase book, the Lethal Weapon star is now almost ready to roll on Apocalypto - a story which will feature unknown Mexican actors speaking in the Mayan tongue of Yucateco.

“What I'm doing is making an action-adventure film of mythic proportions,” Gibson said on Friday. “It’s a story about a man and his woman, his child and his father, his community, the man is put in an incredibly heightened, stressful situation... he has to overcome tremendous obstacles. So it's a universal story in that respect.”

Gibson wrote the story and will begin filming on 14 November in the jungle in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Apocalypto means ‘a new beginning’ in Greek. We wonder what the Yucateco word for “Please make this one under three hours as I am not sure my bum can take the strain…” is?