EXCLUSIVE: MEL GIBSON FINALLY TALKS

EXCLUSIVE: On May 6th, Mel Gibson’s much-delayed comeback picture, The Beaver, will open in limited release. It’s directed by his longtime friend and co-star Jodie Foster. The movie has already garnered reviews praising Gibson’s performance as “the best of his career” and there is talk that Gibson will make an appearance with Foster at the Cannes Film Festival to support the film. But Hollywood and the rest of the world will be watching to see how the picture fares at the box office. Because its audiences will determine whether Mel Gibson can continue acting in front of the camera (and not just behind it as a successful producer, director, and writer). The problem is that his once very private life has become public fodder  — his 2006 DUI arrest and drunken anti-Semitic rant and his simultaneous separation from his wife of 28 years, his ex-girlfriend’s 2010 allegations of abuse, his ongoing custody battle with her for their new baby, and his recent decision to plead no contest in criminal court to a misdemeanor charge. Veteran Hollywood journalist Allison Hope Weiner sat down with Gibson in the Santa Monica offices of his Icon production company on April 18th:

I opted to give Gibson’s interview to Deadline because editors at other media outlets seemed inclined to use this story to pursue their own agendas. It’s his first major sitdown since portions of the taped conversations between the filmmaker and his ex-girlfriend were leaked to the Internet. There were no pre-set conditions, no topic off limits, and no ground rules. This is just Mel being Mel. I found him to be funny but also melancholy, occasionally brazen and often abashed. And I was often reminded that I was in the presence of a true creative talent. I’ve always found Gibson to be amazingly honest in interviews, but I was taken aback at times by how self-knowing he was in response to certain questions. While there were topics Gibson was legally prohibited from discussing, he did his best to provide direct answers to all of my questions:

Speaking for the first time about leaked audio recordings of angry conversations between himself and his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, Gibson explains the context in which they were recorded: “It’s one terribly awful moment in time, said to one person in the span of one day, and doesn’t represent what I truly believe or how I’ve treated people my entire life.” He said that if the scandal means that the public no longer wants to see him on the big screen, “I could easily not act again. It’s not a problem. However, Gibson has already lined up his next film: to re-team with Braveheart’s Randy Wallace on an Alexander Dumas-like “swashbuckler kind of stuff” where he won’t be the leading man.

Gibson praises those Hollywood friends like Whoopi Goldberg who spoke out on his behalf and notes that he’s also received many private calls of support. But he says about those Hollywood friends who didn’t, “it doesn’t bother me. Why would anyone speak publicly and drag themselves through this crap?” He addresses the cast members of Hangover II who objected to his planned cameo in the film. Gibson says that he’s continued to write during the tapes scandal and hasn’t allowed it to keep him from living his life. But he admits to rethinking his movie career as an actor: “If I could make that choice again, I’d make a different choice.”  Here’s the Q&A:

DEADLINE’S ALLISON HOPE WEINER: Were people angry at you about what you said on tapes?
GIBSON: I was angry at me.  But, no one expressed any anger at me.  They may have felt it.

WEINER: Do you feel regret over what you said on the tapes?
GIBSON: Of course.

WEINER: After the tapes ended up on line, many people asked themselves how could someone who’s been around this long and knows the business managed to get into a position where so much of their private life ended up on line? Did you ever think that those private conversations would eventually get out?
GIBSON: [Looks at the ceiling and shakes his head and sighs] Who anticipates being recorded?  Who anticipates that?   Who could anticipate such a personal betrayal?

WEINER: People didn’t understand how you could say the things you did on these tapes.  They wondered, what kind of person says those things.  Right now, many people think you’re a racist and that you hate women from listening to those tapes.
GIBSON: I’ve never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality — period. I don’t blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited.  You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship. It’s one terribly, awful moment in time, said to one person, in the span of one day and doesn’t represent what I truly believe or how I’ve treated people my entire life.

WEINER: Are you worried that audiences will hold what happened against you, and you won’t be able to act anymore?
MEL GIBSON: I don’t care if I don’t act anymore.

WEINER: Really? Is that true?
GIBSON: It really is true.

WEINER: Aren’t you going to be hurt if people judge you based on what they believe occurred here?
GIBSON: I’m beyond that, way beyond that. The whole experience has been most unfortunate. And so it’s not without all the downside.

WEINER: But if you don’t get to act again… I’m asking the same question.
GIBSON: I could easily not act again. It’s not a problem. I’m going to do something now because I want to do it and because it’s fun. I’ve already pulled another job and it’s going to be fun. I don’t know if it’s going to get off the ground, but I’m going to go work for [Best Picture Oscar winner Braveheart's screenwriter] Randy Wallace again. He’s got this script and he’s had it for years. He wrote some book and he’s adapted it to a script. And it’s almost like Alexander Dumas — like that swashbuckler kind of stuff.

WEINER: Bodice-ripping?
GIBSON: Yes. It’s total bodice-ripping swashbuckling stuff, but it’s funny. It’s funny and yet it’s got really good serious undertones too. Randy writes a decent script. And I responded to it right away. I thought this is hilarious. I’ve got to do this. And I’m not the main guy in the film — which is great.

WEINER: You were going to do a small part in Hangover II. How did you respond to being asked to do that and then having cast members not want you in it? How did it feel to have them allow a convicted rapist [Mike Tyson] in the movie and not you?
GIBSON: You have to let that go. I sat here and talked to [director] Todd [Phillips] about it. I like Todd. How could you not like Todd? He’s smart and he’s gifted and so are the other people in the film. It’s okay. You just have to let that go.

WEINER: That’s a very Hollywood hypocritical moment.
GIBSON: It shows you a few things. You just move on and go okay. I’m not greatly offended by it. It seemed like a good idea at the time and it went south.

WEINER: What gets you to the point of ‘I don’t care’? I don’t believe you don’t care about people coming to see your work.
GIBSON: It’s like being a chef. If you’re making a cake, you don’t just make the cake and have it look nice and have nobody tastes it. But that doesn’t take away from your ability to execute what you do as well as you can and to have it be something for many. So that it’s like, say Apocalypto when it came out. I think it’s a good film. It doesn’t have a lot of dialogue; it’s mostly just like watching stuff happen in a language you never heard before. It didn’t do surprisingly well at the box office, no, but it has this life where people see it and they go “Whoa,” and the feedback is really amazing, so you know that you’ve hit. And that’s enough. That’s enough. And the end of the day, it’s what did they think of that? Did they get something from it? Were they entertained? Were they educated? Were they elevated? Were they all three? You know, which is really good? Entertain, educate, elevate. I think that’s what Jodie did [in The Beaver]. If you can get all three of those, you’ve got the Trifecta going.

WEINER: Do you think that the audio tapes have hurt your ability to make your own movies?
GIBSON: I don’t know. I don’t know. Guys like Robbie [CEO Rob Friedman] over at Summit [Entertainment] have been really nice. It didn’t seem to bug those guys at all. They were like, ‘This is crap. We’re going out with this movie.’ The next movie I’m in is How I Spent My Summer Vacation and it will have a distributor because we’re in the business of entertainment.

WEINER: Even when the drunk driving/anti-semitic incident happened and was splashed everywhere, you continued to work. Do you just compartmentalize things so you can keep working when you’re at the center of something like this?
GIBSON: You have to. There are a lot of people depending on you. There are deadlines to meet and fiscal responsibilities. There are the basics of supporting yourself and those who depend on you and those commitments that you have to co-workers.

WEINER: What did you think of Whoopi Goldberg going out on a limb and publicly defending you?
GIBSON: I knew Whoopi before she was Whoopi. And, as she’s great and I always liked her and loved her. I like her even more now because she got it.

WEINER: She took a lot of flack for defending you.
GIBSON: I know. I love her for it.

WEINER: Jodie defended you as well. But it’s a short list of people who spoke out for you. What was your reaction to the fact that not many people publicly defended you?
GIBSON: That doesn’t bother me. Why would anyone want to speak publicly and drag themselves through this crap? It seems to add fuel to the fire. Very many people are supportive, of course, but you find out who your friends are. I have many friends and they’ve been great.

WEINER: When we last spoke after you finished Apocalypto, you said you probably wouldn’t act again. And, a four years later, you did the Edge of Darkness. You’re in The Beaver now. Did something change?
GIBSON: It was something different and it was also Jodie. I’d give her a pedicure every day of the week if I could. We met on Maverick many years ago. I realized that one has a perception — everyone gets preconceptions. She totally surprised me. I knew she was bright, so that didn’t surprise me. She was really bright. And she was pragmatic and extremely sensitive and a good heart, a real good heart. So how could you not become friends? We became fast friends and we maintained that over the years. We’ve both had our different little journeys. It’s untraditional. But there are a lot of things we have in common. I can empathize with her. From four years of age, she’s been out there. And it’s not that for me, but almost, because I was a baby when I started. I was probably more developmentally arrested at the age of 21 than she was at four. [Laughs] You couldn’t get two people who are more diametrically opposed on everything that they think about religion and politics than what we do. But there is a core of goodness there that’s undeniable and I just love her.

WEINER: Don’t you find that a lot of your industry friends have different political beliefs than you?
GIBSON: Nobody is the same. The whole notion of politics is they always present you with this or this or this. I’ll get a newspaper to read between the lines. Why do you have to adhere to prescribed formulas that they have and people argue over them and they’re all in a box. And you watch Fox claw CNN, and CNN claw Fox. Sometimes I catch a piece of the news and it seems insanity to me. I quietly support candidates. I’m not out there banging a drum for candidates. But I have supported a candidate and it’s a whole other world. Once you’ve been exposed to it, once or twice or however many times, if you know the facts and see how they’re presented, it’s mind-boggling. It’s a very scary arena to be in, but I do vote. I go in there and pull the lever. It’s kind of like pulling the lever and watching the trap door fall out from beneath you. Why should we trust any of these people? None of them ever deliver on anything. It’s always disappointing.

WEINER: You’d kept much of your private life out of the public for so many years. And you kept this relationship with Oksana Grigorieva really private for quite some time. The public didn’t even know you were dating her for a long while.
GIBSON: It’s nobody’s business. It really isn’t. Why is it? Why is it anyone’s business? I think it detracts from my business. It’s a change. And why is that of interest to anyone? It always baffles me. Why is that of interest to anyone? If people understood how mundane my life really is. You’re sort of thinking, who cares? It’s staggering. It’s a surprise to me. It’s just a life.

WEINER: It seems like you’ve become really uncomfortable with your fame.
GIBSON: Yes. When I was younger and it first started to happen, there’s some kind of novelty to it in your twenties. You quickly realize before your twenties are over, you realize that it’s not anything it appears to be in your imagination or any other thing, and that it has a lot of downside to it. Now you deal with that. It’s like trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube, but you can’t. The toothpaste is out there. You realize change has happened. You face it, you cope with it and you move on. And it’s not easy. Change is always proceeded by a little pain. [Shrugs shoulders with smile.] Some people can change and they don’t have to go through so many painful things. But I think that I’m of a personality [laughs at himself] that I’m a little stubborn, so it’s tough for me.

WEINER: Do you think that being a movie star now is drastically different than when you first became famous 30 years ago?
GIBSON: Of course it’s more difficult. The pop culture has become more frenetic. There are more forces at work that are far more invasive. However, I think it would be perfectly doable to defend ones loved ones from some of the harsher aspects of public life. You’re not going to be a 100% successful. But you can see when it’s on purpose. It’s so blatantly easy to avoid at times and you can tell when it was unavoidable.

WEINER: People don’t know very much about who you really are. You had this public persona that seemed easy-going and always happy and joking. And I think people all thought that personality as the Lethal Weapon franchise evolved was yours.
GIBSON: Yes. Kind of slightly manic. A kind of cuddly pathology.

WEINER: But your public persona is not really you.
GIBSON: It never is. Remember old Cary Grant. People said, “Boy, what’s it like to be Cary Grant?” [Imitates Cary Grant voice and says] “I wouldn’t know.” It’s like, “I don’t know who that guy is.”

WEINER: Did you ever question that you chose the wrong occupation  — especially when the tapes were released? Did you think that, ‘I’m sick of this and I chose the wrong job’?
GIBSON: [Hesitates] There are a lot of instances over the years, with the loss of personal anonymity, you’ll always look back at. Nobody warns you about that. You walk into that arena and your intentions are fairly pure — you just want to be good at what you do and do what you love to do. That’s all. It takes on another side life. There are all these side streets that you really have no control over. One looks back with regret on that. There was a moment where there was a fork in the road where you could have chosen one way or the other. For example, I know people because they know me, they’ve chosen another way because they don’t like what it does. You go back and say, if I could go back and make that choice again, I’d make a different choice. It’s unfortunate that I was 21 or 22 years old when I made the choice because without benefit of experience or any kind of maturity, one makes a choice in the spur of the moment, that you again can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.

WEINER: There are other things you could do to stay out of the public eye. You could write.
GIBSON: I’m writing now. I’m writing on three different things. That’s what I’ve been doing this whole time is writing. I’m always writing. There is always a story brewing in my head. It’s been productive.

WEINER: It just seems that if you could only act, that would be one thing. There are other things that have less exposure.
GIBSON: I walked away from acting for eight years and tried to make the choice that I should have made when I was 21. But, it doesn’t make any difference. Nothing changed. You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.

WEINER: Do you remember where you were when the tapes scandal broke? What was your reaction?
GIBSON: I don’t remember a bunch. What came first? The chicken or the egg. The Beaver was completed. We’d finished shooting, I think.

WEINER: Before the tapes were leaked on line, you’d reached a $16 million settlement agreement with Oksana, right?
GIBSON: I can’t really talk about that.

WEINER: Well, it has been reported that you reached a $16 million dollar settlement with Oksana and she signed the agreement. And then, shortly after agreeing to the settlement, she rejected it and the tapes were leaked to RadarOnline only days later. [Gibson says nothing.] So, when did you first find out that tapes had been made of your private conversations?
GIBSON: I really can’t talk about this stuff. It’s all kind of … There are a lot of things pending, custody and all kinds of things that I can’t even go into. Put it this way, for the sake of my daughter and the rest of my children, I really can’t talk about this. There are all sorts of legal things pending.

WEINER: What are you dealing with in terms of legal things?
GIBSON: Everybody has a dog in the fight but me, oddly enough. I haven’t got a lawsuit out on anyone because I think it’s extremely… You have to think about your children. That’s all there is to it. I can’t really discuss this. There are a lot of delicate and sensitive issues and I don’t want to be the cause of grief to any of my children or to friends or family or associates on either side because it’s a matter that should be dealt with. It’s important to me that it’s dealt with correctly and it’s important that I maintain my integrity through this for the sake of those I love. So speaking about it is just not on and apart from anything else, I’m prohibited by court order. Now, the system is flawed as we know, but you’ve got to ride with that. I think that it will all eventually come out in the wash and I’m depending on that. I have a lot of faith in that. Even though any organization, anybody, will always be flawed or not perfect in many ways. But at the end of the day, they’re trying to work in a fashion that achieves some kind of justice. I’m going to hook my hitch onto that and follow that through. Perhaps some time I will go on and comment in a more full way. But even if the judge hadn’t put some kind of court order on me, I think I’d stay mum on a lot of these things just out of consideration for Lucia and my other children and my grandchildren and friends and family. It doesn’t do any good. Maybe, when this is all over and hopefully, justice is achieved. Maybe I could say something. But I’d never want to leave anything lying around that would… a lot of damage has been done. I don’t want to add to it.

WEINER: Let’s talk about what you plead to in court regarding allegations that you hit Grigorieva.
GIBSON: I was allowed to end the case and still maintain my innocence. It’s called a West plea and it’s not something that prosecutors normally allow. But in my case, the prosecutors and the judge agreed that it was the right thing to do. I could have continued to fight this for years and it probably would have come out fine. But I ended it for my children and my family. This was going to be such a circus. You don’t drag other people in your life through this sewer needlessly, so I’ll take the hit and move on.

WEINER: How did you find yourself in the position to make some of these many bad choices? When you were pulled over for the DUI in Malibu, weren’t you separated from your wife?
GIBSON: The next day.

WEINER: Were you having problems before that?
GIBSON: Marriage is marriage. Everybody has problems. I don’t want to really talk about that either.

WEINER: What I was trying to get at is that you found yourself without your family after a long marriage. Were you in a good frame of mind?
GIBSON: I doubt it. It’s nobody’s business, my separation, my divorce, any of that stuff. It’s out there, okay, so it happened. As to the details, I have precious little to keep to myself. And if I can even hold on to even painful things for myself, so be it.

WEINER: At this point, you seem to have made it past the worst of the tape scandal. How are you feeling about things?
GIBSON: The main thing is that it was terribly humiliating and painful for my family, all my kids.

WEINER: Did they talk to you about that?
GIBSON: Yeah, we spoke. And I had to speak to them with everyone but my youngest who is blissfully unaware, thank God. Well, she may be aware of it one day, and at that time, I guess I’ll just address that. I spent thirty years keeping them away from this kind of thing and I was quite successful. So why should I start now dragging them through that stuff? You try to manage that.

WEINER: Let’s talk about The Beaver. It’s getting amazing reviews — there was just an incredible on by Richard Roeper. Was it a movie that everyone wanted to do?
GIBSON: Nobody wanted to do it. It was always on the top of the pile for scripts that don’t get done but that should have been done.

WEINER: Because?
GIBSON: I don’t think anybody really had a notion of really had to grapple with it. It really could have gone in several different directions. There were three main ways it could have gone. When I read it, I chose a different way to what Jodie did. She said you have to read it and tell me what you think.

WEINER: What was Jodie’s take? And how were the differences between you two resolved?
GIBSON: It’s called trust. She’s very decisive and she’s very smart and she had a very clear vision of what she wanted. I was thinking, I’ll go for the yucks or something more obvious. I’d go in there with that inclination because that’s in me, and that would be counter-productive. Because her vision and what she’s trying to do with the film would not have been served by my shtick. What’s the reality of a guy who’s using a puppet to express himself? What’s the reality of that? That can happen.

WEINER: During the film, you actually find yourself looking at the puppet when it’s talking.
GIBSON: The idea was almost to kind of disappear a little bit. Or there were balances you had to hit. It’s the way it’s shot. He’s almost always a two shot. Walter and the Beaver is almost a two shot — there are very few close-ups. And, that was brave of her. I thought, oh my God. I was like, throw a close-up of the Beaver so I can relax. [He collapses back on the couch with laughter.]

WEINER: I thought the family and the father being at the center and how everyone reacts he gets the puppet was really moving.
GIBSON: It’s a band-aid that he needs to sort of get through a really hard time . Because he’s walked so far out, there’s only the puppet left. I found that really interesting. How far people will go and how strong we are to really be able to survive terrible trauma. Whether it’s PTSD or guys who come back from war? How do the World War II guys or the Vietnam guys survive that? When this latest group come back, it’s going to be fireworks because I don’t think we have the mechanisms in place for them to adjust as easily.

WEINER: But there is a feeling expressed by wife and the older son in the movie that Walter is being depressed on purpose.
GIBSON: Right. ‘He’s doing this to us. He embarrasses us. He doesn’t care about us because he’s so trapped in himself.’ And, depression is like that. It’s somewhere one can be caught. You can get stuck there. Initially, it does stem from a certain amount of egotism. You have to say, okay, I’m not the most important thing here and you have to travel towards humilities. What does it do to everyone around in the family? It is an illness. It is a disease. And, I think there is a better understanding of it. A guy said to me one time, something really profound, and it’s so simple. It’s that depression lies. It’s a liar and you have to shut it down. There is nothing that alleviates it more than going out and doing something for someone else. It’s almost like instant healing. Get away from yourself. People can’t even get out of bed and it gets really severe. I’ve never been at that stage. Everyone goes through low and high and low and high and some people are blessed to be created on an even keel all the way through—but not me.

WEINER: You’ve battled it?
GIBSON: Of course. I think the majority of people do—especially. It has something to do with the speed of life and the information overload.

WEINER: Is that why you were looking for a project like this with Jodie? She said that you guys were fascinated by desperation and had been looking for a long time to do a movie that explores what people do when they’re truly desperate.
GIBSON: Yes, we were looking. I read it and I saw the odd quirky humor and at the same time, the very profound undertone of what happens to us and what can happen to us and how do you handle that. What’s the solution to that? What’s the answer to life’s question pass the halfway point? I think we’re all past the halfway point — jeez, I hope so.We had conversations about, boy, I can understand why the guy doesn’t want to get out of bed. Not that I ever didn’t get out of bed. I did have a couple of days like that in my life where you’ve been working seven days a week — it’s like leave me alone.

WEINER: So you were drawn to this script for a lot of personal reasons.
GIBSON: We all present a version of ourselves whether you’ve got a puppet on your hand or not. To actually be very real out there in a public way, why?

WEINER: The thing that struck me about the movie is that it does have it’s funny moments, but…
GIBSON: But it’s not humorous. When I first read it, it made me laugh until I cried. He was so pathetic, this guy. I understood that aspect of him. Every aspect of it — the drinking, the obsessive compulsive kind of stuff, and that he’s tried everything. Oh yeah. [Laughs] What’s the answer for this stuff? And there is an answer. There has to be an answer. There’s nothing that can afflict humankind that doesn’t have an answer, hasn’t got an antidote.

WEINER: Is there closure in the movie?
GIBSON: In a way, but not completely. There are solutions and it doesn’t all happen like that. [Snaps his fingers.] Bad things happen like that. But good things all take time — growth, healing, that all takes time. That process — how bad it can get and embarking on the solution. There are solutions and you’ll find them, as you go, it’s a leap of faith in a lot of cases.

WEINER: At least you believe you’re going somewhere else after this. I’m not even sure, although I have moments.
GIBSON: I have to believe that otherwise, I’m out of here now. Dr. Kevorkian… But you’ve got to have that belief, boy.

WEINER: When I watched the movie, I had to stop laughing because it’s kind of pathetic and you don’t feel right laughing. It’s so bad and so much suffering for Walter.
GIBSON: It should make you a little uncomfortable. And all the other characters, many of them don’t signal the uncomfortable feeling — but Jodie’s does. It’s rock bottom. Rock bottom. It’s like building back from rock bottom.

WEINER: Somehow, you found rock bottom.
GIBSON: [Laughs] Somehow.

WEINER: You’re very quiet in this film. We haven’t seen you act in such a quiet fashion in a while.
GIBSON: I haven’t done that in a while. But it was fun working with the puppet. And when you’re doing it, you’re not aware of it. What’s this thing doing? Is it looking at the camera? (Laughs) Really.

WEINER: Were you afraid you’d look silly?
GIBSON: Yes. I was like, that was alright? And she’d go, ‘Yeah.’ And I say, yeah? She’d say, ‘Yeah, it was fine. Let’s move on.’ [Looks hesitant.] But I never saw it.

WEINER: Did you practice at home to see if it looked ridiculous?
GIBSON: Yeah. And it did look ridiculous.

WEINER: You don’t look like a very glamorous movie star in this film. You actually look kind of bad.
GIBSON: I was a little porky. There was a sallow, unhealthful glow which was purposeful.

WEINER: Did you care about not looking that great in the film about you…?
GIBSON: Oh, my vanity? Well, everyone is vain. I knew I looked bad in it. It sort of fits. The guys been doing drum circles, and eating pills, and drinking. He starts to come back to some modicum of health.

WEINER: Do you worry about that? Do you try to stay fit?
GIBSON: Yeah, you do stuff like that. [Whispers with a smile.] Nobody wants to see my belly button on my chin. I don’t like it when I see somebody else’s belly button on their chin. It’s the way things go. Hey, I do what I can to sort of just stave off the clock — walk, swim, try and smoke an electric cigarette. I mean it’s all bad for you. Life is bad. We’re all dying. We’re all in the process of oxidizing. Everyone of us is in the process of oxidizing so to sort of interrupt one aspect of that while everything else goes on, it’s a freak show.

WEINER: Is it hard to have a new baby at your age?
GIBSON: No. Not at all. That’s the best thing. That’s just great. It’s just — look, children are just amazing gifts. The whole journey of discovery again and having a different perspective now. It’s different. You learn. I mean, I have a daughter who is 30 and I have a daughter who is 18 months. And the 18 month is getting 30 years of benefit.

WEINER: Can you go out alone or with your family and not be followed right now?
GIBSON: Yeah, it happens sometimes. You ain’t seen much of me recently. It’s doable. Yeah, I go out. I do what I need to do. Life goes on. It’s part of your job to be out there. But there are aspects that you don’t necessarily want and sometimes they are completely unavoidable. You get blindsided and try to deal with it in a pragmatic way.

Comments (727)

  • Wow. Refreshingly candid.

    Comment by Fox Mulder — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 6:58pm PDT  
    • refreshingly candid? he’s a bully and a bigot.

      Comment by steve — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 7:21pm PDT  
      • Never had a bad moment Steve?

        He’s human and unfortunately his bad moment has been made public.

        I cant believe people would sit there and judge him. Dont you have enough things in your own life that you know a little more about to judge. Why pass an opinion on someone you dont know??

        And the guy that thinks his “in the know”.. seriously?? You sound like a 15 year old with gossip. Are you Mel’s gardener?? Should really get a life dude.

        Comment by Adam — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 4:15pm PDT  
      • Glass house, bud…

        Comment by Handsome Smitty — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 7:54pm PDT  
      • You know, a person’s life is more than any one or two moments, captured as snapshots, and frozen in time. It’s easy to sit on the sidelines, lobbing invective, and hold others to a standard we couldn’t hope to maintain. Why don’t you try living under that kind of a microscope, and see how you fare?

        Comment by amkaen — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 10:03pm PDT  
        • No matter how you want to excuse it, there is no excuse for his behavior. A person may not be defined by one or two moments but telling a woman she deserves to be gang raped by “n words” or that the jews are responsible for all the world’s war is a clear and obvious reflection of a person’s character as a racist, an anti-semite and a fame flaunting bully.

          Its made even worse by this ridiculously sycophantic interview that accuses the media of “pursuing its own agendas” because they rightfully want to grill a celebrity and hold him accountable for his hatred.

          Boycott every thing Mel Gibson does, he doesn’t deserve a dime from the public.

          Comment by Jesse — Saturday April 23, 2011 @ 12:49am PDT  
          • ok don’t be so ridiculous. Mel Gibson was taken out of HANGOVER 2 for making insidious comments yet Mike Tyson A CONVICTED RAPIST is celebrated for his ridiculousness in the film.

            THINK ABOUT IT!!

            Comment by Anonymous — Sunday April 24, 2011 @ 12:04pm PDT  
          • Jesse- If you want to boycott Mel Gibson’s stuff, then go ahead. But are you so insecure that you need the masses beyond to boycott Gibson? You can’t do it alone? That’s pathetic. Be a man. If you don’t like his stuff, then don’t watch. But let others decide what they want to do.

            Comment by Quint — Monday April 25, 2011 @ 10:54am PDT  
          • Jesse: You are wrong. There is an excuse and it’s a simple one. He is human, and like all of us – every one of us, he is not perfect.

            People with serious alcohol problems can be totally smashed, say or do the worst things and not mean or believe them. You become sober and say “What in the world was I saying and thinking?” He is not a racist. You notice how Whoopie Goldberg is one of his best friends? Do you realize that? Do you think that if he was a racist, that would be true? No – it would not.

            When messed up on drugs or alcohol you can say many things you don’t mean. You could say your Mom is a “b word” – does that mean you actually hate your Mom? Are you anti-Mom now? Or were you doing a drunk rant you didn’t really feel in your heart?

            You’re hearing ONE SIDE of a conversation. You don’t know the truth but instead you just choose to believe that one heavily edited side.

            He is not a racist, a bully, or even a bad guy. These people who have been down and out explain just how much he helped them when others wanted nothing to do with them. He’s a decent person that has had a few issues because of drinking and other things. The people who truly know him for a long time and deep down tell you the truth about him and yet you choose to believe one that hates him and wants to burn him after splitting from a bad relationship (that she helped cause to be bad).

            He’s made mistakes that should never have been made public. He’s human. These things happen. He hasn’t done anything super horrible.

            Boycott his movies? Ha. No – in fact I’m going to start to see them all at least twice.

            Comment by Axel — Wednesday May 4, 2011 @ 5:13pm PDT  
          • geta life did you even read or watch what he said

            Comment by anthony — Wednesday September 28, 2011 @ 7:37am PDT  
      • No, not a bully, not a bigot. A human being, warts and all. Kind of like all the rest of us.

        Comment by MarkinIdaho — Saturday April 23, 2011 @ 12:00am PDT  
      • Yeah, and you never had bad times in your life where you acted like an ass, Steve?

        Comment by Quint — Monday April 25, 2011 @ 10:50am PDT  
      • I have worked with many people from all walks of life in my job. The one thing I have noticed is that people are bigots. When someone makes a remark about certain races their careers are over, their photos in the paper and on t.v. 24 hours. Why is it that when someone makes a horrid comment about a Mexican, Irish, Italian ect.,
        on one says this awful. It’s a joke! Its’ how these people are.
        Lets try not to be so mean to each other and remember… DO NOT CAST THE STONE!

        Comment by no name — Monday April 25, 2011 @ 11:22am PDT  
      • Why is it that when anyone says anything about the Jews they are raked over the coals, but Jews (or Whites with Jewish lineage) can say everything, in the closet at their tea partys and get away with it. The Jews are no more special than any other ethnic group in the world, and maybe they should stop taking themselves so seriously. We are all only human…no human: Black, White, Jew, Muslim, Asian/Oriental, Spanish/Latino, Indian/Native American and/or all the other divisions not mentioned here are better than another, NOT ONE. We all live and die the same way, some better because they have bigger toys (or guns), but at the end of the day the life expectancy for all is the same….until that changes..Get Over yourselves…

        As far is Mr. Gibson is concern: He is paying for his demons in full.

        Comment by Jane — Monday April 25, 2011 @ 1:10pm PDT  
      • Wow, he said something in which you don’t agree with and he’s a bigot. Sorry, the U.S. has become way to P.C. and it’s a shame.

        Comment by piratespunch — Tuesday April 26, 2011 @ 12:24pm PDT  
      • Steve, You are an insensitive bully and a bigot. I wish I could test your I.Q. It probably is about 39.

        Comment by andrea reynolds — Friday April 29, 2011 @ 4:39pm PDT  
      • Your an ass. You don’t know the man! The media has been on his back ever since he made the Passion, which was a huge success by the way. We all do dumb things, thats what makes us human. Take the thorn out of your own eye mate.

        Comment by devlin — Friday August 19, 2011 @ 3:42pm PDT  
    • yes that was a refreshing read… always have liked Mel and so glad to hear he is OK. He is a brilliant mind and he sounds like he really GETS IT. Bravo Mel … all the best to you.

      Comment by Beatrice — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 9:07pm PDT  
      • Those in the know, truly understand the implications of the Mel Gibson fiasco.

        It’s not easy knowing more than you should in this town. Especially if you have an opinion to the contrary, or won’t play the game as it is dictated.

        Dark circles in yonder hills. Very dark indeed.

        Good on ya, Mel.

        Comment by Zionista — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 10:57pm PDT  
        • People like Ed have more hate in them than Mell. These smug clowns wont go see the move. That is great because the rest of us will have a better time. Ed thinks Jews are the only people ever mistreated. Too bad we is not black and lived 50 years ago.

          Comment by Scott — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 12:30am PDT  
        • “Dark circles in yonder hills?”

          Really?

          Comment by Great Casear's Ghost — Tuesday April 26, 2011 @ 2:33pm PDT  
      • I NEVER stopped being a huge fan of Mel Gibson. He is a human, who has said and done things they are ashamed of. Who isn’t? He is still and incredibly gracious, generous and obviously gifted talent whose actions of greatness far exceed his flaws. You Go Mel!

        Comment by Tom Talbert — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 7:37am PDT  
        • . PEOPLE WHO ARE NEGATIVE THINK THAT THEY ARE PERFECT
          THEY ACT LIKE THEY HAVE NEVER LOST THEIR TEMPERS. NOBODY IS PERFECT. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU WERE SECRETLY RECORDED. IT IS ALL ABOUT MONEY. THINK ABOUT IT WHY DID THERE IS 2 SIDES TO EVERY STORY. I WILL ALWAYS BE A GIBSON FAN, NO MATTER WHAT.

          Comment by CARMEN — Tuesday April 26, 2011 @ 5:29pm PDT  
      • totally agree . . . way to go Mel !!!!!!!!!

        Comment by Blasher — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 8:16am PDT  
      • He beats women. That’s what he does. And he still feels like it’s all her fault! “Betrayed”, “blindsided”- poor you!

        Comment by AnnaRusskie — Saturday April 23, 2011 @ 7:18am PDT  
        • Indeed.

          Boo frikkin hoo.

          Poor Mel with his catholic millions and loads of kids, an ex wife who was loyal to him for years, only to be left for a model who eventually screwed him over by showing him for the aggressive douche he is. Boo hoo boo hoo.

          Comment by TVfan — Wednesday May 4, 2011 @ 9:25pm PDT  
      • I agree with you, and hope that he does go back to directing, because he is so obviously brilliant in that area.

        Comment by Kate — Friday November 11, 2011 @ 1:58pm PST  
    • A comprehensive interview with Mel Gibson who isn’t always as upfront & candid as this interview is. He’s very good at evasion & throwing up verbal smoke screens in interviews. But this one is revealing & Mel is as honest & open as he is ever going to be. He’s a huge talent & I hope his best work is ahead of him. A very good interview, well done & a great read.

      Comment by Jane E Seymour — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 10:06pm PDT  
      • Bravo! I couldn’t have said it better.

        Comment by andrea reynolds — Friday April 29, 2011 @ 4:59pm PDT  
    • Yeah, refreshingly candid. A few more questions though…

      1. Mel, did jews really start all the wars?

      2. Is the holocaust really just an invention or exaggeration?

      3. Should girls with sugar tits really just shut up and blow you?

      4. Is Winona Ryder really an “oven dodger”?

      Comment by producer type — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 11:32pm PDT  
      • I think that we all say things in the heat of anger that we really do not mean at all. We are all human and no one is perfect and most of us are lucky enough that no one has recorded one of these moments. I have no reason to judge the man on a rant, all I know is I have enjoyed his acting and his movies and his rant is not going to change that. There is an old saying, “people in glass houses should not throw stones” To me this was just a normal guy having a bad moment.

        Comment by George — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 12:09am PDT  
      • Hey Ari—excuse me, I meant “producer type”—

        Are we bitter because Mel didn’t sign with you? Are we trashing Mel as an “anti-Semite” because he remained loyal to Limato when you tried signing him in 2006?

        Comment by Just Asking — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 12:51am PDT  
      • Hey… one more for “producer type”

        > Are you ever allowed to be insanely drunk in your life and say things you later regret? (And in a day and age of 24/7 news media where no one seems to have any sort of private life, that only begets more insanity…….)

        Not completely defending Mel (this whole fiasco with the Russian broad is pretty indefensible) but the precipitating event was made worse by a media and paparazzi that glorifies this sort of crap.

        Comment by crazyproduceguy — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 3:01am PDT  
      • This article, and most of the intelligent comments that follow, are about healing. Yet I guess like God invented weeds to screw up a nice lawn, and we have to put up with lying commercials in order to watch TV, in the same way there always has to be one moron to sh$t on what everyone else is feeling. Congratulations! You are that moron. I have a Q of my own: did you leap up and post the same kinds of Qs when Alec Baldwin was once again being fawned over in the media–after we all heard him say (to his own daughter) some of the most horrific things anyone could ever say to another human being?

        Didn’t think so.

        Comment by Jack Gray — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 3:34am PDT  
      • Same Q re: Roman Polanski below. Oh, and Mike Tyson re: interviewer’s well-made point that the Hangover II crowd thought it was fine that he, a convicted rapist, was in their little flick but not Mel.

        Hmmm. Didn’t think so.

        Comment by Rex Range — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 3:37am PDT  
      • you are sick and need prayer, my son.

        Comment by hdsporster — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 6:01am PDT  
        • just to be certain producer type understands, you are the sick one, Mel is The Man!

          Comment by hdsporster — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 6:03am PDT  
      • What an idiotic post. Who are you trying to impress? Jesus

        Comment by Anonymous — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 6:41am PDT  
      • Wow ! Does idiocy come your way that easily?

        Comment by Lloyd swain — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 6:43am PDT  
      • Move on, fella, move on. Gibson’s human just like us.

        Comment by Mike — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 6:49am PDT  
      • That was pathetic comment, please get a life.

        Comment by Anonymous — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 7:03am PDT  
      • Exactly! Slavering sentimentality to shore up a vile bigot.

        Comment by Elle — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 7:44am PDT  
      • I agree producer type. It would be different if this was the first time and there was no prior history of antisemitism but he does always seems “to go there” whenever he is angry or is lashing out. I would take that as a clue to his deep beliefs. “A drunk man’s words are a sober man’s thoughts.”

        Comment by ktm — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 7:56am PDT  
        • And he ADMITS as much! When she asks him about people thinking he’s a racist, he says: “I’ve never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality — period.” Treated. Great. So, you’re a racist AND a coward — you’ll WORK with Jews while privately regretting their very existence. He’s right — much better. D-bag…

          Comment by TheGhostOfGriffinMill — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 8:40am PDT  
          • So you’re a believer that words count more than actions… that’s funny. Anyone can say anthing and that doesn’t automatically make it true.

            When Gibson has been drunk and upset, the media has trumpted what he said — and in the case of Grigorieva, those tapes were heavily edited — but he doesn’t talk like that 99.999% of the time and actions DO speak louder than words.

            Comment by Annie — Thursday July 19, 2012 @ 12:28pm PDT  
        • Your comment is not true in life. I know. I loved a man who was tortured with the anti-semitic views of his father. He associated all of his life with people of every faith and nationality and appreciated their beliefs. When he was drunk, he was a totally different person whom I didn’t recognize. He used ethnic slurs and insults. Things I never heard him say when he was himself. Was he really anti-semitic? No. I was with him for over 30 years until he passed away and I knew him better than anyone. So it is a fallacy that what people say when they are drunk is truely what they are.

          Comment by Lois Turchioe — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 12:35pm PDT  
          • Lois,

            Good for you for staying with someone who had these problems. We all have problems and being Jewish, it is difficult to stand up for Mel. I too believe he is antisemitic. He has made these comments several times. I doubt Winona Ryder made up what she reported. This does not make Mel a bad actor or other areas of his life, a bad person. He is however an antisemite. It isn’t just one occasion or one drunken moment. Yes, he was influenced by his father. My father is a racist. I try to live my life differently. We can rebel against the negative things that were forced upon us, or we can accept them.

            I have had too many drunken moments in my life and embarrassed myself, but no one has ever told me later that I said anything bigoted or racist. I have done other things that were ugly and maybe lost a friend or two because of it. That’s how life works. We pay for our actions. If Mel’s movies became money losers for the studios then I guess he won’t be asked to be in them anymore.

            I would like to think people can change, and maybe Mel has, but never forget that he is a very fine actor and during this interview he may have been “playing” the very contrite man.

            Comment by D — Thursday May 12, 2011 @ 2:02pm PDT  
      • If Mel Gibson was an atheist who believed in “social justice” or a Muslim or if he just played to the leftist agenda, he would be considered a ROCKSTAR in Hollywood’s eyes. They would not only forgive him, they would love and adore him. His biggest sin in their eyes is being Christian.

        Comment by SDW — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 8:28am PDT  
        • I agree. even if others are sick of hearing it! Way to go Mel

          Comment by piratespunch — Tuesday April 26, 2011 @ 11:54am PDT  
      • yes to number 1 and major exaggeration that most people are sick of hearing about.

        Comment by Anonymous — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 8:59am PDT  
      • Thank you! WTF was that! So he’s a victim now. “You find out who your real friends are” and guess what Mel…they found out who the hell you really are too!

        Mel is tremendously gifted and talented, but he’s also in denial and trememdously F’d up. This interviewer didn’t really get to the heart of it. And thanks Producer type for listing the questions that she should have asked. Here’s another: Did you really push your kid’s mother while she was holding the baby? Did you really want Oksana to get raped by a pack of “N’s”? and lastly, at your age and at this juncture in your life, when does your personal madness stop – when do you finally change, grow up and actually become the person that you’re so desperately trying to convince you are????

        Comment by Janelle — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 11:06am PDT  
        • No Charlie Sheen is in denial. Mel seems to have a realistic grasp on his life and everything going o around him.

          Comment by Nerd — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 3:21pm PDT  
          • Actually Charlie denies nothing. He and Mel openly admit they’re flawed human beings. I’d rather know a person who readily acknowledges their failings – than someone who purports to be perfect.

            As for rants, many people rant in the heat of the moment. Else what is Jessie’s “A hymie in hymie town.” Or Cosell’s “Look at that little monkey run!” Or Winehouse, “Blacks, pakis, gooks and nips.”

            Mel has handled his misfortunes with aplomb and grace IMO. And I’m gonna pay to see his movie – maybe twice. Just ’cause I admire him and Ms. Foster!

            Comment by Flipwigget — Saturday April 23, 2011 @ 9:16am PDT  
          • The man was sober calling another human those kind of names. I do not care what the girlfriend did there is no reason in this world to call a women that kind of vile filth. That kind of filth comes from the depthes of a persons soul!!! My heart was broken to know this of Mel Gibbson.I take no joy in this mess.

            Comment by Wendi — Saturday April 23, 2011 @ 12:52pm PDT  
        • Let’s get the facts straight. It’s all on tape after all, and not hard to comprehend. He was warning her she would get raped if she dressed in that fashion. He did not indicate in any way whatsoever that he wanted her to be raped.

          Those people that judge Mr. Gibson had better be darn sure they are squeaky clean themselves….. and as we all know, NOBODY is squeaky clean.

          Comment by Blooter — Saturday April 23, 2011 @ 12:53am PDT  
      • …didn’t someone involved with the Jews once say something to the effect of “let he who is without sin cast the first stone?” You people might think of that while you are adding to the rock pile on top of Mel Gibson. He made a mistake and has apologized for it. GET OVER IT!!! Who hasn’t made a mistake? Hmmm…I can only think of one and I’m pretty sure he has already forgiven Mel…

        Comment by nathan — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 11:28am PDT  
        • Correction, Mel made several mistakes. He was forgiven for saying snti-semetic things. He was even forgiven by many for what happened with his wife. And you know what, he’s gonna do it again. It’s even very clear in this interview that he isn’t very remorseful. He didn’t apologize for anything. He isn’t even coming clean about where all of these things that happened came from. If he was really sorry and really wanted to make up for these things, he’d get into anger managementr or go see a therapist and really try to change. People in the spotlight are watched by everyone. Though it may be unfortunate, many average joe’s look to these superstars to be of greater essence because they have a platform on which to become so. We can’t excuse ill behavior like this simply because the person says they regret it and made a mistake. They have to be held accountable, and that’s what’s happening with Mel. What does he care? He’s still got friends and plenty of money. The only thing he’s sorry about is that his true colors came out. And with such a huge talent and star as big as Mel, it’s simply inexcusable that he could be so readily forgiven for a “mistake”. The only mistake here is that Mel got caught. I don’t feel the least bit sorry for him and certainly will be passing up his films for some time.

          Comment by Freeden — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 2:14pm PDT  
          • Your TOTALLY right!!! He should apologise to this interviewer, and the next and basically anyone that is able to ask the question of him, because he’s life, and everything in it is our business and we have a right to hear him say it..
            And in regards to the anger management, how do you know he hasnt been?? You dont!!
            The point is, you have no idea what he has done, is doing, and what he’s going to. Thats what makes being a judgmental prick so difficult – You have no idea what your talking about!!

            Comment by Adam — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 4:26pm PDT  
          • I dont feel sorry for Mel , he is human and makes mistakes..thats a shock to you that a human makes mistakes.

            Freedon I feel sorry for you. I dont think Mel owes any of us a explanation . I dont think he should have to tell us if he is getting help for anything , thats a private matter. He is a actor and he is suppose to entertain us and thats all he owes us.

            Mel is a great actor and I believe he is a very good man , and I for one will continue to watch any movie he makes. Good Luck Mel on The Beaver , I know I am looking forward to seeing it.

            Comment by fran — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 8:43pm PDT  
          • ” If he was really sorry and really wanted to make up for these things, he’d get into anger managementr or go see a therapist and really try to change”……………… Question. Do you know Mr. Gibson personally? He may already be doing these things you mention. It would be nobody’s business if he was, but I wonder why you simply assume that he is not. As far as “forgiveness” goes, that is a matter for those he is in a relationship with.

            Comment by Blooter — Saturday April 23, 2011 @ 12:58am PDT  
          • he is the right to his opinions. he can say what he wants. he doesnt need to apologize or be remorseful if he doesnt want to. get over it. like you never say anything you regret.

            Comment by bigAl — Thursday December 15, 2011 @ 3:55pm PST  
        • First of all what do you mean, “you people”. Secondly, which one incident are you referring to? His dad the holocaust denier whose views he supported? His drunken tirade against the jews? Calling winona an oven dodger? His tirade against the mother of his child? Please let me know.

          Comment by Producer type — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 3:29pm PDT  
      • What do you think the answer the questions you have posed are? Isn’t that all that matters? Drudging up hate-filled sentiments only begets more of the same, get a life man…I can tell by the tone in your writing that you have some hate in your heart as well. He said repeatedly that we are all flawed, acknowledging this is not the solution but it is the only way anyone will have the strength to change.

        Comment by GFA — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 11:29am PDT  
      • Mel Gibson said some very hurtful things about Jewish People and even though was drunk he meant it.

        How can Mel worship a Jew named Jesus and hate his people. Jesus was a Rabbi. Go figure!

        Comment by Fred — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 11:59am PDT  
        • People who follow Jesus are called Christians. This includes those who once followed Judaism. Those who call themselves Jews reject Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

          Comment by Arnold — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 4:05pm PDT  
      • Answers to your questions:

        1. No. The Germans did.

        2. The Holocaust was horrible… hence the name.

        3. Yes. Yes, they should.

        4. Yes. Yes, she is.

        But more importantly… STFU Your holier than thou routine may work for some… but I’d bet there are more than a few ugly comments and stupid mistakes in your life. He’s just a man… and it’s just a life full of warts and uncomfortable moments and regrets and, hopefully, glimmers of redemption and happiness and peace live EVERYONE ELSE.

        Comment by Brian — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 12:27pm PDT  
    • I don’t care if he was drunk and apologized. I will never watch a Mel Gibson movie again.

      Comment by NonPracticingJew — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 12:36am PDT  
    • He’s exposed as an adulterer, wife beater, alcoholic, and bigot.

      Yeah, he’s candid allright.

      Comment by Smarg — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 4:03am PDT  
      • What an arrogant person you are to sit in judgement of someone and to do so with incorrect suppositions. Let’s take a look at your statements:
        1) Adulterer? While technically married, he was legally separated when he took up with Grigorieva.
        2) Wife beater? Not according to the only woman he ever married, so I’m not sure where your expose comes from.
        3) Alcoholic? Do you throw stones at cancer sufferers too? Alcoholism is a recognized disease.
        4) Bigot? Not according to people who KNOW him.

        Comment by wt — Monday April 25, 2011 @ 12:13pm PDT  
    • you know what saddens me people, MEdia, Mels family breaking silence,,,,who cares, be your own boss, turn the tv off and read., get this, there is more focus on MEL then there is our own friggin government, wake up people.
      MEL, no disrespect, love your work, respectable stuff. if your reading, please, slap this american culture with reality @ the box office. give them what they want. you should know first hand.
      much love
      DANK

      Comment by dank — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 4:24am PDT  
    • Frankly, Hollywood determines who is popular and who isn’t. Roman Polanski (child rapist) popular, Mel Gibson (bigot, drunk) unpopular. Go Figure Hollywood?

      Comment by Ms. Marlow — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 5:11am PDT  
    • It is all about forgiveness. Forgiving others thay have hurt you anf forgiving yourself. Alcohol sometimes makes you say things you never remember saying. It also makes you hurt tho ones you love. Mel would probably be better of he would never drink again. He is and always will be a favorite of mine. He is not perfect but who among us is? He knows right from wrong, good from evil and is loyal to his family and friends. May God continue to bless Mel Gibson.

      Comment by dreammer — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 6:07am PDT  
    • Love you Mel, as far as I’m concerned you can do no wrong!

      Comment by Angela — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 6:19am PDT  
    • What REALLY angers me is that he got away with drugging a 13 y.o. girl and then raping her and… no, wait. THAT was Roman Polanski and we know how Hollywood would welcome HIM back in a second. Mel, if Hollywood hates you, so what?

      Comment by Kevin Petersen — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 7:39am PDT  
      • Truer words were never spoken.

        Very much looking forward to The Beaver, and whatever you decide to direct next, Mr. Gibson.

        Comment by s — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 9:29am PDT  
      • LOL. Great point. If Mel had done the same thing Polanski did HW would be throwing him a party with their underage daughters as the only guests. As long as he didn’t have a racist rant that’s leaked to the public whilst doping and raping they’d finance his next project in a heartbeat and nominate him for an Oscar and every other award there is.

        Comment by Stacy — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 9:46am PDT  
      • BRAVO.

        Comment by nicole — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 10:20am PDT  
      • um….. Roman Polanski cannot enter the USA without being arrested. If he’s free, you can blame that on the French and the Swiss, but not on Hollywood. Mel is scot free.

        Comment by Mr. Reality — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 12:05pm PDT  
        • I believe that’s why Kevin wrote, “we know how Hollywood WOULD welcome him back in a second.”

          Comment by @ Mr. Reality — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 5:36pm PDT  
        • Polanski may not be able to enter the USA , but it hasnt stopped our so called righteous stars from running to him and making movies.

          Mel is a wonderful gifted man, so he said a few things big deal..some comments about him are worse then anything Mel has said. It must be nice to be so perfect that you people can go out and destroy his life and that of his family with your hatred .

          Comment by fran — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 8:34pm PDT  
      • So true. Hollywood hated you as soon as they caught wind of “The Passion” I wonder if we heard all their fights and slurs how they would look. He who is without sin cast the first stone. Everyones hands should be empty. People with good hearts and motives behave contrary every day. I wish the best for Mel and most of all peace and blessings on his family.
        Tara

        Comment by Tara — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 12:07pm PDT  
        • Mel is a racist and anti-semite. The Passion of The Christ was a well executed but extremely biased anti-jewish propaganda film. Guess what? Jesus wasn’t a hot white hippie guy, he was a Jew. Read the Bible. He was one of the chosen people. He wasn’t portrayed as a white guy until the 14th century when it was a marketing decision.

          Mel is a devout conservative Catholic, except when he’s not. Meaning when he’s banging people outside of his marriage, getting drunk and ranting about the jewish conspiracy, liberally dropping the n word and threatening women.

          Comment by bob — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 7:10pm PDT  
          • And I’m absolutely sure that you’ve never dropped the n word or threatened someone, bob. People screw up a lot and what are you gonna do about it? I’m sure a lot of your friends do too, except they’re not under a white hot spotlight all the time. Grow up.

            Comment by anonymous — Sunday April 24, 2011 @ 2:35pm PDT  
      • LOL!
        So true.

        Comment by Anonymous — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 12:11pm PDT  
      • Roman Polanski committed a horrendous crime and escaped punishment. Mel Gibson has made awful comments and espoused anti-semitic, racist and misogynistic opinions on multiple occasions. Polanski broke a law. In my opinion, Polanski’s crime is unforgiveable while Gibson’s transgressions are merely repulsive. I see your point but Gibson doesn’t get a pass (from me) just because Polanski did something far worse.

        Comment by HRT — Saturday April 23, 2011 @ 10:52am PDT  
      • Yeah and I love that Zack Galifanakis had no problem working with Mike Tyson but refused to work with Mel Gibson. Hollywood’s hypocrisy is vile.

        Comment by Dan J — Saturday April 23, 2011 @ 11:54am PDT  
    • Sounds like he feels sorry for himself rather than sorry for what he’s done. Still scum.

      Comment by kris — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 9:12am PDT  
    • IM JUST GLAD TO KNOW MEL IS ALRIGHT! AND….. AS PEOPLE GET OLDER YOU APPRECIATE SOMETIMES TO KNOW PEOPLE LIKE HIM ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN ANYONE ELSE ONE ELSE AND THEY ARE SPOT LIGHTS AND HAVE NO PRIVACY!!! REALLY! BLESS THIER HEARTS, CUZ , THEY REALLY DONT HAVE A PERSONAL SIDE OF LIFE. I TRULEY FEEL FOR THEM …AND…MEL IS STILL MEL 99.9% GREAT THOUGHTFUL DOWN TO EARTH PERSON WHO IS ALSO FORTUNATELY IS ALSO EXCELLANT ACTOR AND ABOVE ALL WONDERFUL FATHER!

      Comment by MS, CYNTHIA SINGLEY — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 9:16am PDT  
    • I have always liked and admired Gibson for his acting, writing and directing. A very talented man who has been treated badly by the press. We all have “our moments” and times we wish were best forgotten. As a celebrity those times are recorded for posterity. The public loves to pry into an actor’s private life and pull back the cover and reveal anything that suggests another aspect to his/her screen persona. Gibson is human like every one of us. I only wish they would let him have some aspect of his private life back and leave him with some dignity both for his sake and the sake of his children.

      Comment by Stuart — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 2:47pm PDT  
    • Do you have the right to tell another person to not be offended and, “just get over it”? Actually no, you do not. Words incite others to action. By telling someone else to just deal with it you are offended and angered by their remarks. See how it works? It seems that the posts defending Mel, are well, defensive of what is truly bad behavior on Mr. Gibson’s part. So was Mel guilty of an alcoholic induced rant that should just be ignored and forgiven? Or, is he a rich, spoiled, foul mouthed, biogoted, aging superstar who did this interview because he cannot let go of his own image of himself. I have my opinion and you are entitled to yours. What you are not entitled to is to let your own bigotry deny the damage that is caused by hatred, for that is what bigotry actually is. I will never watch a Mel Gibson movie again. Even for free.

      Comment by Janice — Saturday April 23, 2011 @ 4:01am PDT  
    • I have always liked Mel Gibson. I feel he is intelligent and the type of person that if you were lucky enough to be his friend you would find that he would be there no matter what when you need him.

      Show me the person out there who says that they have NOT done something in the course of their life that they look back on now and literally cringe at the fact that they could have been SO incredibly stupid or thoughtless or unfeeling to have done, and I will show you a liar of the highest order.

      Mel messed up when he was drunk – (Anybody out there who has been foolish enough to get really drunk who doesn’t have his own “there but for the grace of God go I” story about what would have happened if they had been made to face the consequences of their actions?).

      This – shall we say somewhat less than kind woman that he made the huge mistake of getting himself involved with, who betrayed him by releasing SECRETLY recorded tapes of their PRIVATE conversation – was his second.

      My guess is that Mel is not going to make a third of this caliber, and I believe if people are fair they will be able to look at what has transpired; realize that these emotional meltdowns are isolated incidents – not a true measure of the man nor his life.

      I for one, intend to go to see movies he is in and involved with because I know that he is going to do his best – and his best is very, very good, to make certain that the quality of any project he deigns to lend his none-to-small talents to is going to worth my time.

      To hell with the jerks here who are referring to him as a bully and a racist – the American public is not so stupid as such narrow individuals would like to believe it is.

      Don’t surprised when you see Mel Gibson rising up from this series of mis-adventures even better and more influential than he ever was.

      As Napoleon Hill said: “In every adversity there is the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.”

      Comment by Much A Do — Saturday April 23, 2011 @ 6:01am PDT  
    • I’m trying to feel sorry for Mel but keep hearing the vicious rant to his ex-wife which I heard online. It had me trembling with fear. I kept thinking about how he must have treated her in person when things didn’t go his way. UGH!!!!!

      No sympathy from me.

      Comment by cocopirata — Saturday April 23, 2011 @ 6:18pm PDT  
      • First of all, it was not his ex-wife. It was his 40-year old girlfriend. If you read everything involving this, including the article above, it’s clear the tapes were edited. You have no idea what she was saying or doing. The tapes do not begin with “hello”. It may do some good to educate yourself on hearing the full story. Check online and do a little reading.

        Comment by WhoKnows — Sunday May 8, 2011 @ 4:18am PDT  
    • i hope he shrivels up and dies somewhere in obscurity… fucking racist. i, for one, will never give him another penny of my hard earned money. other racist supporters can support this multi-millionaire cocksucker… “braveheart”, which was in my top 5 all-time best directed movies, is in the trash. i was a fan dating back to “gallipoli” and have spent plenty of money to fuel his empire, and like many, i was betrayed. he will get nothing more than vitriol from me. i don’t know how my associates in this town can continue to support and hire him. it makes me rethink my friendship with several of the studio heads that i’ve come up with in this business… there is no place for racist in this town.

      Comment by incredulous — Saturday April 23, 2011 @ 8:38pm PDT  
      • The only thing which makes sense in your comment, is that you don’t use the capital “I” when you speak of yourself. You are just a “lower case”

        Comment by andrea reynolds — Friday April 29, 2011 @ 5:04pm PDT  
    • Great, heartfelt and real. I appreciate seeing people face the real issues of life, some of our own making, the consequences, results and pains and face them and move on, forward not back. Mr Gibson reminds me that there are no perfect people, that we all have our (secrets), his has been made public. There is a scripture in the Bible that saids “A man gift will make room for itself” We all have gifts. Mel Gibson has gifts as well. I look forward to seeing some of his future projects and his gifts on display. If you are having a problem in seeing the wisdom of my words hear Christ Jesus’ “First remove the beam from your own eye so you can see clearly enough to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”

      Comment by Vincent Dorsett — Monday April 25, 2011 @ 1:03pm PDT  
    • i understand mel gibson is dealing with it, i don’t understand how the woman can do that, is she desperately trying to get away from him and the only way to do that is to ruin his reputation? or is it really true that he hit her? if he did, then i think he should have some major psychiatric sessions or healing or something like that before he goes back to work… i don’t like seeing guys who can hit a woman and live as if nothing happened… if it’s not true, then why did she lie? i want to hear her side of the story too but this is between them, too personal

      Comment by cyn — Saturday May 21, 2011 @ 8:52pm PDT  
    • I think Mel Gibson is a hero. All he wanted was a honorable wife that loved him and she didn’t make the cut.
      This obviously upset, hurt him and made him feel rejected. I think he got the short end of the stick and it’s his ex-wife that was a gold-digger. I hope that Mel continues making he wonderful movies that inspire us all. Thank you Mel Gibson for all you do

      Comment by Mike — Sunday August 28, 2011 @ 2:24pm PDT  
    • I love Mel Gibson!! I certainly hope he returns to the big screen! Fantastic actor and still so so handsome!

      Comment by tina — Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 5:55pm PDT  
  • Mel is still the man. We’ve all gone through something insane in our life. Mel’s was public (and crazy) but hey, it happens. Be cool and let the man do his business.

    Comment by Lethal1 — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 7:02pm PDT  
    • Yeah! These things just happen! Sometimes we all go on horribly racist rants! We can’t be held accountable for our actions! This is Hollywood!

      Comment by Ben — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 10:51am PDT  
      • umm…I’ve said some really racist stuff when I’ve been drunk but would I ever actually harm someone because of their race or religion? Not a chance…words are words, actions are actions…judge people by what they do not by what they say

        Comment by TheNewLoon — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 11:43am PDT  
        • new loon — hopefully you will be ostracized from the community as well, if you are not already… hell, you’re probably some dumb 35 year old production assistant anyway — getting drunk and going on racist rants. you sound like an idiot… grow up dunce.

          Comment by incredulous — Saturday April 23, 2011 @ 8:42pm PDT  
  • Mel Gibson is a wastoid drunken loser bigoted heartless piece of garbage. He sucks. He needs to retire from the industry, become a monk in Antarctica and be forgotten about. He is hateful and he is a pathetic joke. The prejudice and slurs and stupid comments he constantly makes are a travesty. Go away mel gibson. Please just go away you awful piece of crap. You are done.

    Comment by oh man he sucks — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 7:13pm PDT  
    • As I read this I was reminded of someone who is really a racist piece of human jetsam, Kanye West. This guy is a no talent cry baby loser who hides behind his color, and feels he is deserved everything he wants. This douche-bag West makes racist and other hateful comments, disrupts events, makes lousy music, and for some reason, he continues to be welcome in the mainstream media. West is someone I would like to see go away. Someone please flush the toilet. As for Mel, I see him as someone who was screwed over by the Malibu Police, and then by his then girlfriend. Police officers usually do not run and blab someone’ comments to the media, and if it had been West who made them, no one would have cared. Same for the taped telephone call(s). If West called his ho and called her names and made the comments Mel made, West would have been worshiped by all the thugs and viewed as a bad-ass. Oh man do you suck.

      Comment by Realist — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 7:50pm PDT  
      • realist — this is not about kanye west dumb-fuck. granted west is an idiot, but don’t shift the topic. this is about your racist pal mel gibson. clearly you share his hatred of jews, blacks and women, and hopefully you will share his ultimate fate…

        Comment by incredulous — Saturday April 23, 2011 @ 8:46pm PDT  
    • Man, do you even understand the words you wrote. How do you hold your head up high as a great judge of a mans actions by committing the same offense you are accusing him of. You cryers of the word bigot often and in this case definitely you far more personal and offensive and violent and bigotted language than any racist person ever. Your mouth should be washed out with soap for the detritous that comes from it. And you sit there from the safety of your keyboard judging mankind. You my friend are a pussy. And ignorant. If you can’t logically understand how stupid you sound you need to be quarantined from the rest of society to live peacefully in your backwards worldview where your actions are pure and everyone else who lacks judgement even multiple times are vile.

      Comment by sickofhipocrites — Saturday April 23, 2011 @ 11:35am PDT  
      • WHAT are you smoking? There was NOTHING racist or inflammatory in his post. you, on the other hand claim to be defending a man from “keyboard judging” then call someone a “pussy”, judging them from your keyboard. I’m sure you’re happy with yourself too, to have told off the mean Mel hater. The hypocrisy is staggering

        Comment by anotsusagami — Sunday April 24, 2011 @ 9:58pm PDT  
    • You make me laugh. Who’s the hateful one, dude? Read your own words again.

      Comment by WhoKnows — Sunday May 8, 2011 @ 4:20am PDT  
  • God bless you Mel!

    You have guts and talent and have made some real good pictures. I’ve appreciated your willingness to tell the truth as you see it, even though it has brought you a lot of flack.

    Here is hoping you have more years to do that in the future. Not all the good leading roles involve young men. We old guys have adventures too, and maybe more profound than when we were young.

    jm

    Comment by James — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 7:14pm PDT  
    • I like how those TMZ commenters run here. Those who were screaming that we are all stupid because those tapes were chopped :)

      Comment by Shy — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 2:31am PDT  
  • Great interview. Best of luck, Gibbo.

    Comment by NYCRex — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 7:15pm PDT  
  • Nice interview, Deadline. A little bit of humanity in an inhumane business.

    Comment by Tom — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 7:17pm PDT  
  • Come on Mel give us another Braveheart (u da man)!!

    Comment by Moxie Soda — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 7:20pm PDT  
  • Great read, good to see that he is finally moving on to a new stage in his life, and putting those things behind him.

    Comment by JohnDoe — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 7:20pm PDT  
  • Hollywood falls at Roman Polanski’s feet, and they want to banish Mel Gibson? It’s hard to even put into words all the things that are wrong with that.

    I don’t particularly like some of the things Mel Gibson has said and done. But we have all overlooked so much trash from artists over the years, in order to watch their movies or listen to their music. The things he has done are such ridiculous trifles in comparison, and his work is always top notch. If Mel manages to get a project to the theater, I’ll pay to watch it without any hesitation.

    If I’m looking for a role model for myself or my children, I won’t be looking towards Hollywood anyway.

    Comment by NotDeadYet — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 7:22pm PDT  
    • Hear hear.

      Comment by Truth — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 11:01pm PDT  
    • Excellent response. It is mind boggling that people would rather praise and support someone guilty of raping a 13 year old girl than support a repentant actor. Hollywood truly is the land of fruits, nuts and flakes.

      Comment by MrsFudd — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 7:12am PDT  
    • Well said NotDead Yet

      Comment by Anonymous — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 8:04am PDT  
  • Class act.

    Comment by TDP — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 7:23pm PDT  
    • You’re obviously not a Jew.

      Comment by Ed — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 7:45pm PDT  
      • Dude, he was drunk. Get over it. People stay stupid shit when they’re drunk and getting pulled over by cops. We forgive in America.

        But don’t get me wrong I think it’s f’d up to rag on Jews. Jesus was a Jew. You shouldn’t insult the Son of God’s people.

        Comment by Parker Lewis — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 9:02pm PDT  
        • It’s not your place to “forgive” Mel since he’s done nothing to you. It’s also snide and pretentious of you to speak for those whom he HAS offended. You mention Jesus Christ, the Son of God. What do you think He thinks of Mel Gibson? What do you think He thinks of a movie that made millions off His death and was slyly pushing a cult religion instead of what He lived and died for? Mel Gibson makes me sick. He’s a repeat offender who got away with multiple offences until someone caught him on camera and exposed him.

          Comment by Cho — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 8:57am PDT  
          • He was caught on camera? Really? Prove it. News to me. Or are you just starting new gossip?

            Comment by WhoKnows — Sunday May 8, 2011 @ 4:22am PDT  
      • I am Jewish. Had a bar mitzvah and all. However, I have a deep respect and sympathy for Mel. Everyone says things they deeply regretted or acted in a manner they realized later was way out line. The difference is Mel had these acts recorded and widely publicized.

        I have respect for him because, unlike many stars cause in similar scandals, he took the brunt of the responsibilities for these actions. He did not hire a 10 person pr team to combat the bad press and, instead, acted in a humble manner (as demonstrated in this interview).

        If I never talked or respected anyone who had ever expressed an anti-semitic joke or statement that went a bit too far… I would be living a very isolated existence.

        Behatzlacha Mel.

        Comment by JS — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 9:02pm PDT  
        • Dude you are a class act too. Thank you for your comment.

          And of course: GO MEL!!

          Comment by Dave — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 12:01am PDT  
        • Yeah, I agree with you. He could have easily mitigated the controversy by claiming that his ex-wife’s surreptitiously recorded tapes had been spliced to create maximum embarrassment for maximum leverage in their money dispute (and they were indeed evidently doctored, according to experts who analyzed them at the time of their release for news outlets as I recall.)

          But he chose not to go there in his own defense as he well could have. Unlike a lot of celebs, he’s always stepped up to the plate & copped to his human imperfections & that is admirable, even if the actions which required him to cop to his faults were not.

          At the very least I give him props for not succumbing to the temptation to believe all the industry-generated PR that he’s some kind of a God as so many celebrities tragically do and for recognizing that he, just like the rest of us, will be a flawed work in progress until the day he leaves this earth.

          He even seems to genuinely get that the real beauty of life – indeed, its true joy – can only be found in the ongoing struggle against all odds to overcome as many of the faults our humanity bestows upon us as we can in the little time we’ve been given to do it.

          So in this case, for me at least, it’s “Detest the sin, but salute the sinner.”

          Comment by leilani — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 11:04am PDT  
          • just a note…Oksana is not his ex-wife…

            Comment by andie — Tuesday April 26, 2011 @ 8:24pm PDT  
        • YOU HAVE MY DEEPEST RESPECT DUDE!

          I wish there was more peole like oyu out there!

          you lead by exemple thsats greate!
          you have the right morl ethic and mentality!
          a hell of a good combination!

          :) ))

          Comment by SWEETHEART — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 3:37pm PDT  
      • No, but some of my best friends are… Really? A drunk-off-his-ass alcoholic rants on like a crazy person, and you take it as a personal affront to you? I hope God measures you by the same stick on your own sins. Do you think Christians did NOT find Mel’s words on that notorious night offensive? And might I add, it so happens that I possess a very fine pair of sugar tits and I did not appreciate his demeaning tone about my attributes. (P.S. Great interview.)

        Comment by Ess Tee — Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 9:40pm PDT  
      • OR a jerk.

        Comment by DJT — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 5:15am PDT  
      • Please learn how to move on people…the rantings of a drunken man/woman should be taken as seriously as a promise from the president. Every nationality has some stereo-type that can be exploited. God forbid every time I hear a joke about a drunk Irish man I get offended. Granted the things he said were not meant to be humorous but geez…some of you are crying like a bunch of girls. Whoops, I apologize to all of the females out there, as well as the trans-genders. It’s getting to where if you, happen to offend anyone you are the devil. I say screw that and tell me how you really feel, good or bad. Thank god the comics out there don’t subscribe to this theory of “political correctness”…would make for some dull entertainment. Some people just need to grow up and worry about there own lives instead of grandstanding on someone else’s mistakes. Besides, he’s an actor, WHO REALLY CARES?:P

        Comment by b-man — Friday April 22, 2011 @ 10:31am PDT  
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