Mel Gibson, Charlize Theron

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Cameras are finally gearing up to start shooting on director George Miller's upcoming Mad Max movie starring Charlize Theron.

And although Tom Hardy will be replacing the franchise's original star Mel Gibson as the title character, we've been wondering: will Mel be making a superstar cameo in the highly anticipated action flick?

Well, we got an answer...

"Nope," Gibson recently told us at the Angels at Rick charity benefit in L.A. "I've got nothing to do with it. George, he's filming in Namibia or something."

But that doesn't mean he wouldn't want to. "It would be fun to fly to Namibia and be a snake in the background or something," he laughed.

Gibson says he's really excited for the franchise's fourth installment, even if he isn't a part of the upcoming flick. "I think it's going to be great," he said. "George is a genius."

Meanwhile, Gibson was just one of the celebs, including Ted Danson, Ray Liotta and Taylor Armstrong, who came out to support Angels at Risk, a charity that works with the prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug abuse among youths.

"It's a good cause and substance abuse is an epidemic in this country at the moment," he said. "I mean it is the devil really. Substance abuse is the devil. And I've been through my own little trials so I feel empathy with it."

X Factor finalist Chris Rene, who has overcome drug addiction himself, says he now has "incredible experiences" with fans who are seeking help with addiction and recovery since his stint on the show.

"Because I've done it, they see the inspiration," he told us. "They're like, 'We're going to do the same thing you're doing.' Mothers come up to me and tell me their kids are in rehab, that they want to change and they're actually doing something. It happens on a daily basis."

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