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Mel Gibson will donate Mayan sets
Mel Gibson
Gibson says the film is "an action adventure of mythic proportions"
Mel Gibson will donate sets from his new film Apocalypto to the Mexican state of Veracruz when filming ends.

The Hollywood director will donate six replicas of Mayan pyramids and several movie-set villages, officials in Veracruz announced.

Apocalypto, set 3,000 years ago in central America, features dialogue spoken in an obscure Mayan dialect.

Shooting on the movie began on 14 November and was due to be completed in late March or early April.

The director of cinematography for Veracruz state, Prospero Rebolledo, said the sets had been built for Gibson's film.

"He is doing some construction work, building in particular some pyramids and indigenous villages," he said.

"He has donated to us these pyramids."

Authenticity aim

Gibson, who will not act in the film, has said Apocalypto will focus on the life of a Mayan man, touching on "civilisations and what undermines them".

Set before the conquest of Central America by Europeans, Gibson said the film will shun "European faces" to preserve authenticity.

The film is Gibson's first as a director since 2004's The Passion of the Christ, which detailed the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus Christ leading up to a brutal depiction of his crucifixion.

The Passion took more than $600m (337.5m) worldwide despite being filmed in the Aramaic dialogue.

Like The Passion, Apocalypto is expected to be distributed with English subtitles.

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