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Beyond waxing his legs in What Women Want, Mel Gibson has a history of cinematic martyrdom.

The Man Without a Face (1993) A disfigured teacher mentors a troubled teen -- the star's directorial debut and obligatory Elephant Man-esque role.

Braveheart (1995) If his Christlike execution isn't rough enough, Gibson's Scottish leader must play macho while clutching his late wife's hankie.

Conspiracy Theory (1997) The off-kilter crime yarn finds his paranoid cabbie enduring gothic torture a la Clockwork Orange and Marathon Man.

The Patriot (2000) As a Revolutionary widower/warrior, Gibson gets covered in British blood and, shockingly, sees two of his kids slaughtered.

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Originally posted Sep 05, 2003 Published in issue #726 Sep 05, 2003 Order article reprints

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