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As LL Cool J famously said: Don't call it a comeback.

Then again, you many want to call it a comeback if you're referring to Mel Gibson's long-awaited return to the big screen as an actor, which will happen with Jan. 29's 'Edge of Darkness.' It is Gibson's first movie credit since 2003's 'The Singing Detective' and first starring role since 2002's 'Signs' -- not to mention his first since a lifetime of personal baggage and two weighty iconic films he directed, 'The Passion of the Christ' and 'Apocalypto.' As LL Cool J famously said: Don't call it a comeback.

Then again, you many want to call it a comeback if you're referring to Mel Gibson's long-awaited return to the big screen as an actor, which will happen with Jan. 29's 'Edge of Darkness.' It is Gibson's first movie credit since 2003's 'The Singing Detective' and first starring role since 2002's 'Signs' -- not to mention his first since a lifetime of personal baggage and two weighty iconic films he directed, 'The Passion of the Christ' and 'Apocalypto.'

"[It's] his comeback movie," producer Graham King told Moviefone at Thursday's premiere of 'The Young Victoria' in Hollywood, of Gibson's turn in 'Edge of Darkness.'

"He hasn't been in front of the camera for about six, seven years," King says. "I think he chose to take some time off from acting. He directed of course 'Apocalypto,' which is amazing. I think he just took some time off. Lucky enough, I got a script that he was interested in."

'Edge of Darkness' is a crime thriller co-written by 'The Departed' scribe William Monahan and co-starring Ray Winstone and Danny Huston.

Gibson, also during that time, famously weathered a DUI arrest, allegations of anti-Semitism for drunken comments to a police officer and a divorce, in addition to directing the ultra-violent 'Passion of the Christ.'

Uber-producer King has a big slate of upcoming projects -- reportedly more than 20 in the works, in fact. But at the top of his mind is the late-February start to filming of 2011's 'The Tourist,' starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.

"A quiet one, I hope," King jokes about what he expects on the set with his paparazzi-stalked stars. "It's going to be pretty crazy out there. But I think those two are going to be magnificent in this script. I'm really excited about it."