updated 05/03/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/03/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Those knocked over—and out—by Gibson are everywhere: Lethal Weapon 3 and Young account for some $380 million in ticket sales around the world. And the Aussie rancher and father of six may be right when he scoffs at "all this 'sexy' stuff." If Gibson's a quaff with universal appeal, it may have to do with something more magical the camera captures: "Across a room, he's just another medium-size handsome guy," says Air America director Roger Spottiswoode. "But when you get close on him, he's got this old-fashioned movie-star voodoo." Here's looking at you, Mel.