Mel Gibson: ‘It’s time Hollywood forgave me’
First, you have to show some repentance and acknowledge your hurtful words and actions. Why don’t we talk then.
Ostracized by Tinseltown after an anti-Semitic tirade captured on tape during a 2006 drunk-driving arrest, the actor-director has since had to make do with a handful of parts in obscure or poorly received films.
It is a far cry from the adulation he enjoyed as the “Mad Max” and “Lethal Weapon” films established him as a star, before he went on to win Academy Awards for producing and directing 1996’s “Braveheart.”
As he unveils his new faith-based World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” this weekend, the 60-year-old devout Catholic will be hoping cinemagoers have shorter memories than movie executives…
During the high-profile arrest in Malibu, north of Los Angeles, Gibson said Jews were responsible for all the wars in the world.
He later apologized, blaming alcoholism, but he had already been facing accusations of anti-Semitism following the release of his controversial 2004 movie “The Passion of the Christ.”
…He has since faced further accusations of anti-Semitic and aggressive behavior, which he has strenuously denied.
In a recent podcast with Variety magazine, Gibson said he was trying to put the 2006 incident behind him, and found it “annoying” that people were still bringing it up.
“Ten years have gone by. I’m feeling good. I’m sober, all of that kind of stuff, and for me it’s a dim thing in the past,” he said.
Sorry you find charges of Antisemitism “annoying,” Mel. How about dealing with it head-on and explaining how you’ve changed.