According to the Associated Press, while filming his latest project How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Oscar winner Mel Gibson has embraced the gift of giving. The actor has been staying in the Mexican port city of Veracruz during the movie’s production and he’s decided to make a huge donation to a prison/future museum.

Prior to shooting, the Ignacio Allende prison held 1500 inmates who were moved and transported to another facility while Gibson and his crew converted it into a movie set for his thriller. When production wraps the entire building will be turned into a museum and he’ll donate some of the film’s set pieces to the new institution.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation stars Gibson as a career criminal nabbed by Mexican authorities who is placed in a tough prison (Allende) where he learns to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy. We take it that the innocence of this child will change his corrupt ways? We can smell the development of a pseudo father-son relationship from a mile away.

The film is set to be released sometime in 2011 and hopefully it will get better marketing and more love than his last flick, Edge of Darkness.

What do you think of Mel Gibson’s charity work? Does his new film sound interesting?