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Surprise! Mel Gibson Shocks Hollywood With Unannounced Cameo At 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Premiere

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May. 8 2015, Published 11:53 a.m. ET

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Mel Gibson rarely walks the red carpet these days, so it was a surprise when the former A-lister resurfaced at the Hollywood premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road Thursday.

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Mel Gibson ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Premiere Photos
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Mel Gibson's trademark smile lit up TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, as the embattled actor surprised fans appearing at the debut of the reboot of his Mad Max series.

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The 59-year-old shares a laugh with director George Miller and leading man Tom Hardy, who champions the role that helped Mel rise to the A-list in the 1980s.

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The Passion director received a warm reception from fans at the event, insiders told Us Weekly.

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The Lethal Weapon star was in a great move, insiders told the magazine, as he was "slapping backs, hugging people, laughing and generally looking thrilled to be there."

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Hardy, 37, was surprised as anyone to see Gibson at the premiere, telling media at the event, "It's great to have Mel here, I didn't expect him to come."

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Hardy credited the tarnished celeb, and director Miller, for establishing Mad Max as an iconic cinematic character, telling reporters, "I've just inherited the legacy."

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Gibson, whose career was derailed by a series of scandals uncovered by RadarOnline.com, has had limited work in Tinseltown since his ugly rants were exposed.

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He's tried to move past the scandal, having his 2011 domestic violence battery conviction -- in connection with attack on baby mama Oksana Grigorieva -- dismissed last year.

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Gibson, who's been plagued by rumors of anti-Semitism, speaks with a gentleman wearing a yarmulke.

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Can Gibson ever resurrect his career, or is his legacy forever tarnished? Only time will tell.

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