The actor and director Mel Gibson thrilled his fans with a flash of his knees when he turned up for the European premiere of his latest film Braveheart wearing a traditional Scottish kilt.
He appeared every inch the Scottish hero as he arrived dressed in Buchanan tartan - to calls of "We want Mel" from around two thousand adoring fans.
"Braveheart" tells the story of Scots hero William Wallace. Mel Gibson not only played the leading role, he directed and co-produced the film too.
Mel Gibson received a hero's welcome when he arrived for the European premiere of "Braveheart" at Stirling University's MacRobert centre in Scotland last night.
The kilt-clad Australian heartthrob, who plays a legendary Scots patriot fighter was greeted by scores of delighted fans.
Gibson's co-star, Angus MacFadyen, arrived with his partner, the British actress Catherine Zeta Jones.
The film has in some quarters been interpreted as politically motivated. But Gibson was quick to deny any such suggestions:
"You know I'm not Scottish, and I didn't make the film for those purposes, you know, to be used as some kind of tool for political gain or loss. I think that whatever happens, the Scottish people will make it happen."
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"Braveheart" is a sweeping costume epic set in the wilds of the Scottish mountains, the latest of a string of Hollywood movies filmed in the British Isles.
Gibson directs and co-produces the film as well as playing the leading role of William Wallace - the thirteenth-century Scots farmer, who turns into a freedom fighter upon witnessing the cruelty and tyranny of the English.
Politicians and Hollywood moguls joined celebrities at a post-premiere private party for seven hundred at Stirling Castle.
While inside the castle walls there was entertainment, Scottish food and Braveheart ale, outside, outside, the fans enjoyed a firework display as they waited for the star guest to reappear.