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|Some Mayans felt the film fostered unfortunate and unfair stereotypes about their past practices. If I recall, also, some of the film's leading actors were not even Mayan. Also, Gibson was still embroiled in controversy over his drunken racist remarks made during the time of his arrest.
Much of the the controversy has died down. For myself, I appreciated the fact that Gibson filmed "Apocalypto" in the original Mayan. I thought the film was hard to watch and hid my face at times (but I'm a sissy) and I thought the love of family and loyalty to family came through very well. It was a stunning film. I'm sorry it didn't do better. It was under rated most likely because of Gibson's bad boy behavior and not his skill as a director/producer/story-teller.