Mel Gibson made a rare public appearance at the premiere of AMERICAN GANGSTER in Hollywood on Monday night (29Oct07) - because he hopes to work with all three of the film's "big players". The Braveheart star felt sure that showing Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington and director Ridley Scott his support would help him secure their services in future films. He quipped, "These three big players here... they're all friends of mine. I just wanted to see the movie and I'm an admirer of their work individually. I just want to see what they can cook up together you know. "Maybe I'd like to direct a movie with all of them in it, including Ridley."