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Can we forgive Mel, enough to give him an Oscar?

Sep. 22, 2010by: Paul Tassi

This isn't so much a news item, but something I've been wondering for a while now. The next time I see Mel Gibson in a movie, will I be able to forget about all the terrible things he's said and done? Or more generally, can the public and his peers forgive him?

Well, we might have to deal with this issue sooner than we think. According to an interesting article over at Deadline, Mel's performance in THE BEAVER, the Jodie Foster film about a man who loses his mind and talks through a beaver puppet, is actually Oscar worthy. Here are some of the most glowing praises:

Gibson is “extraordinary”. One person said, “he gives an incredible performance. If you can forget what happened, and I didn’t have tabloid images racing through my mind watching him, it’s really something. I still don’t want to be his friend but he’s great in this.” Another told me today, “I don’t bullshit about these things. He’s amazing.”

Yes, as it turns out, the movie might be a whole lot more than the genesis of a million sexual innuendo laden blog posts, and what do we, and I guess, the Academy, do if Gibson really has turned out an incredible performance here?

I've always been of the firm belief of separating the actor from the person. This has led me to still hold Tom Cruise in high regard, despite all his Xenu-space-craziness. But this does beg the question, where do you draw the line?

Mel has said some pretty horrific things that are affront to a few different races, and his treatment of his girlfriend is nothing short of disgraceful, but are those things we can overlook and still give the man his due as an actor?

It's an open question, and I'm not even sure I've made up my mind on the issue. What do you guys think?

Extra Tidbit: I think that in the moment, you'll get lost in the character, whether you want to or not, as is the nature of any good film.
Source: Deadline

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10:14AM on 09/25/2010
I dont care about the shit he said (or did). The guy has obvious personal problems that I wont ever lose sleep over. None of it stopped me from loving Edge of darkness. I wont not watch a good movie because of petty ignorance. If this movie is good and he's good in it, I'll watch it.
I dont care about the shit he said (or did). The guy has obvious personal problems that I wont ever lose sleep over. None of it stopped me from loving Edge of darkness. I wont not watch a good movie because of petty ignorance. If this movie is good and he's good in it, I'll watch it.
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5:24PM on 09/23/2010
I say separe the artist and the man. That beaver picture looks like we're in for something unusual... and amazing.
I say separe the artist and the man. That beaver picture looks like we're in for something unusual... and amazing.
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5:04PM on 09/23/2010

Not Really Forgiveness

I just think the story sounds way too good to not check out, as well as something Mel should have taken up long ago. Imagine blaming your puppet of being the anti-semite, not you.
I just think the story sounds way too good to not check out, as well as something Mel should have taken up long ago. Imagine blaming your puppet of being the anti-semite, not you.
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12:05PM on 09/23/2010
I'm pretty numb to some of the stupid shit that comes out of his mouth. He's not the first person to be outted for an ignorant racist, nor will he be the last. However, I like to think I can separate the image from the art. So if he's good in this, then props to him.
I'm pretty numb to some of the stupid shit that comes out of his mouth. He's not the first person to be outted for an ignorant racist, nor will he be the last. However, I like to think I can separate the image from the art. So if he's good in this, then props to him.
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8:51AM on 09/23/2010

Bring it on, I love Mel...

I couldn't care less what nasty things he said to his grilfriend or what kind of comments he made when he was drunk-- people have problems, they act out, just because he's famous doesn't mean he should be a model of sanity-- this is the guy who made it big on as the Mad Max and Martin Riggs (the mentally unstable but lovable police officer) Come on everyone, lets offer Mel a healthy round of forgiveness and let him know that after years of entertainment he has us in his corner. And really
I couldn't care less what nasty things he said to his grilfriend or what kind of comments he made when he was drunk-- people have problems, they act out, just because he's famous doesn't mean he should be a model of sanity-- this is the guy who made it big on as the Mad Max and Martin Riggs (the mentally unstable but lovable police officer) Come on everyone, lets offer Mel a healthy round of forgiveness and let him know that after years of entertainment he has us in his corner. And really guys- who among us hasn't wanted to call a girlfriend a c--t?
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8:31AM on 09/23/2010
Was watching his old episode of The Simpsons the other day - funny as hell. However there's a line where discussing his untouchable popularity he says something like "I speed all the time and I never get pulled over" - that sure came back to bite him in the ass, eh?
Was watching his old episode of The Simpsons the other day - funny as hell. However there's a line where discussing his untouchable popularity he says something like "I speed all the time and I never get pulled over" - that sure came back to bite him in the ass, eh?
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6:27AM on 09/23/2010

Fuck the Fucker

Fuck that nazi. I will never watch another movie he makes. If I see his punk ass on the street I'll Donkey Punch him.
Fuck that nazi. I will never watch another movie he makes. If I see his punk ass on the street I'll Donkey Punch him.
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5:20PM on 09/23/2010
Yeah, I'm sure he'd be real scared of a joblo troll
Yeah, I'm sure he'd be real scared of a joblo troll
5:22AM on 09/23/2010
THE MAN SAYS FUCKED UP SHIT WHEN HE'S REALLY DRUNK, LETS ALL BE HYPOCRITES AND ACT LIKE WE NEVER SAID ANYTHING FUCKED UP BEFORE.
THE MAN SAYS FUCKED UP SHIT WHEN HE'S REALLY DRUNK, LETS ALL BE HYPOCRITES AND ACT LIKE WE NEVER SAID ANYTHING FUCKED UP BEFORE.
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5:24AM on 09/23/2010
ps. the man made how many movies with glover? i highly doubt he is racist, he just says racist shit. i live in philly, people say racist shit like crazy, but it doesnt mean theyre actually racist. words are one thing, actions are another.
ps. the man made how many movies with glover? i highly doubt he is racist, he just says racist shit. i live in philly, people say racist shit like crazy, but it doesnt mean theyre actually racist. words are one thing, actions are another.
11:58PM on 09/22/2010

Forgive Mel !!!

If we judged everyone during a very bad time or the worst possible moment in their life...we wouldn't like or respect anyone! Besides...Mel Gibson's personel life is none of my business! However, if this performance is indeed Oscar worthy - you can bet the Academy will conviently overlook it.
If we judged everyone during a very bad time or the worst possible moment in their life...we wouldn't like or respect anyone! Besides...Mel Gibson's personel life is none of my business! However, if this performance is indeed Oscar worthy - you can bet the Academy will conviently overlook it.
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10:20PM on 09/22/2010
Of course he played this role well because him and the character are CRAZY!
Of course he played this role well because him and the character are CRAZY!
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9:28PM on 09/22/2010
If his performance is truly amazing, I will have no problem with him winning various awards. He was quite stunning in the vastly underrated gem "Edge of Darkness" from earlier this year, so I'm betting he's great here.
If his performance is truly amazing, I will have no problem with him winning various awards. He was quite stunning in the vastly underrated gem "Edge of Darkness" from earlier this year, so I'm betting he's great here.
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8:30PM on 09/22/2010
He already had a ocuple Oscars so I am neutral on this. Depends on how good he is in it on whether or not it can wash away the memories of his statements.
He already had a ocuple Oscars so I am neutral on this. Depends on how good he is in it on whether or not it can wash away the memories of his statements.
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6:56PM on 09/22/2010
Well, the NFL and its fans have apparantly forgiven Michael Vick for mutalating animals, so I think we should be able to forgive Mel Gibson for a few questionable remarks that may or may not have been spliced together.
Well, the NFL and its fans have apparantly forgiven Michael Vick for mutalating animals, so I think we should be able to forgive Mel Gibson for a few questionable remarks that may or may not have been spliced together.
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6:36PM on 09/22/2010
mel gibson acting is still rocks
mel gibson acting is still rocks
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6:35PM on 09/22/2010
Personally I dont give a shit about what he does in his personal life. Hes an awesome director and Ill watch any movie he makes.
Personally I dont give a shit about what he does in his personal life. Hes an awesome director and Ill watch any movie he makes.
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6:25PM on 09/22/2010

Method Acting is bullshit.

And Mel Gibson still rocks.
And Mel Gibson still rocks.
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5:26PM on 09/22/2010

Most artists are fucked up anyway

He grew up with a holocaust denier for a father and clearly suffers from (at least) alcoholism and probably bi-polar disorder. Doesn't make him a horrible human being. It means he's flawed and has issues and needs help, but A LOT of artists are completely fucked up in their private lives. Also, while I'm not justifying use of racial slurs, I'm in college and have heard so many white guys say the n-word in private that I find it hard to say anyone who uses it is a horrible person. Makes them
He grew up with a holocaust denier for a father and clearly suffers from (at least) alcoholism and probably bi-polar disorder. Doesn't make him a horrible human being. It means he's flawed and has issues and needs help, but A LOT of artists are completely fucked up in their private lives. Also, while I'm not justifying use of racial slurs, I'm in college and have heard so many white guys say the n-word in private that I find it hard to say anyone who uses it is a horrible person. Makes them kind of stupid but it doesn't mean they're ready to go lynch someone.

I'm all for judging an artist based on their art, not their personal lives. No one's asking you to go out to lunch and split a few beers with the guy.
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5:00PM on 09/22/2010
How about who gives a shit? Nothing Mel has said or done impacts any of your lives in the slightest way. Most of you guys need to shut the fuck up and mind your own business.

I give a shit about The Beaver though. It's good to hear great things about it.
How about who gives a shit? Nothing Mel has said or done impacts any of your lives in the slightest way. Most of you guys need to shut the fuck up and mind your own business.

I give a shit about The Beaver though. It's good to hear great things about it.
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4:56PM on 09/22/2010
It's hard to argue that someone's personal life should NEVER get in the way of your reception of their work. If someone hits your grandma with a car on purpose, you're probably not going be open to their performance - there is a point, ya know? That said, Gibson's performance will just have to be that much better to get recognized. I like what someone said, though, about the Polanksi nom. Clearly the academy has brushed off more serious transgressions than evidence of raging dickhood.
It's hard to argue that someone's personal life should NEVER get in the way of your reception of their work. If someone hits your grandma with a car on purpose, you're probably not going be open to their performance - there is a point, ya know? That said, Gibson's performance will just have to be that much better to get recognized. I like what someone said, though, about the Polanksi nom. Clearly the academy has brushed off more serious transgressions than evidence of raging dickhood.
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4:52PM on 09/22/2010
He's a great director AND a fucking ignorant and racist asshole.
He's a great director AND a fucking ignorant and racist asshole.
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5:24PM on 09/23/2010
coming from a guy with the name womanizer?? Yeah I'm sure your perfect, and have NEVER said ANYTHING racist around friends, or told a racist joke before.....Yep, glad to see someone so perfect! *sarcasm off.
coming from a guy with the name womanizer?? Yeah I'm sure your perfect, and have NEVER said ANYTHING racist around friends, or told a racist joke before.....Yep, glad to see someone so perfect! *sarcasm off.
4:24PM on 09/22/2010

I've always likes Mel

Even with some of the batty things he's said and done.

The latest incidents are harder to digest, because when you hear an actor you like saying certain things...I mean, some people have enough trouble separating actors from the roles they play, so how hard will it be to do it the other way around?

In the end, years from now, when, really, it all matters, I don't think people will feel the same. I like the man, and I hope the best for him, though I suspect a degree of self-destructiveness
Even with some of the batty things he's said and done.

The latest incidents are harder to digest, because when you hear an actor you like saying certain things...I mean, some people have enough trouble separating actors from the roles they play, so how hard will it be to do it the other way around?

In the end, years from now, when, really, it all matters, I don't think people will feel the same. I like the man, and I hope the best for him, though I suspect a degree of self-destructiveness in him.

When an actor is in hot water, I tend to avoid that news. In this case it was harder. He won't win any Oscars until the hubbub dies down. Looking at how a much smaller incident affected Tom Cruise, I won't count on it. But then again, we've already forgiven Alec Baldwin and Christian Bale.
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4:12PM on 09/22/2010

Mel is still the best ACTOR.

His gf WAS NOT PREGNANT when he allegedly hit her. Also, this fact has not been proven. Her story has changed multiple times, and has not been consistent with separate statements by her dentist, who also claimed that the injuries could've been self-inflicted. That mixed with her not telling any friends or relatives about the incident, appearing fine at the EDGE OF DARKNESS premiere, and traveling with him around the world, not to mention her new leaked e-mails where she states "YOU DIDN'T DO
His gf WAS NOT PREGNANT when he allegedly hit her. Also, this fact has not been proven. Her story has changed multiple times, and has not been consistent with separate statements by her dentist, who also claimed that the injuries could've been self-inflicted. That mixed with her not telling any friends or relatives about the incident, appearing fine at the EDGE OF DARKNESS premiere, and traveling with him around the world, not to mention her new leaked e-mails where she states "YOU DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG" and the claims that she and her bodyguard threatened other people's lives if they did not fabricate evidence against Mel, is enough for me to question her story.

Let's face it, the woman met Mel at the [now second] lowest point of his career. He was separated from his wife, down and out, but still very rich. She saw an opportunity. She's a musician who never had a career, and saw an opportunity. She got him to drop over $5 million on an album that never sold any copies, and a house for her to live in. When the relationship was dwindling, she needed some security to keep the meal ticket. A prior businessman boyfriend of hers stated a FULL YEAR before she broke up with Mel, that she's an opportunist.

Mel has said heinous things over the past five years, while either drunk and/or excessively angry. Is it right? No. Have you ever done it? Yes, you fucking have. EVERYONE makes racist, sexist, derogatory, prejudicial comments behind closed doors, either out of anger, or in an attempt to be funny. You never said something out of anger that you didnt mean and later regretted? You never said a blonde joke? A Catholic or Jewish joke? A black joke? A gay joke? No? Bullshit. Yes you have. You know you have. You're just lucky enough to not have it posted all over the Internet and tabloids.

By the way, these recordings were ILLEGALLY RECORDED. Its an unlawful wire tap.

Break-ups can be nuclear, as is this one. As Sly tweeted, "Heartbreak can make a man lose his dignity," and that's what happened here. Mel is a good soul at heart, and a nice guy according to the many people Ive met who have worked with him. Hes just made mistakes, as we all have. For those of you who hate him, people are human, just as you are. At the very least, reserve your judgment until things have been PROVEN.

Bottom line is, this all has nothing to do with Mels talent. He is simply one of the best actors we have, and he deserves that credit. If Polanski can win an Oscar for sodomizing and 13-year-old a girl, I think Mel should get an Oscar if he deserves it. Will he ever win it? Nope.
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4:10PM on 09/22/2010
I could care less about what someone does on their downtime. I go to a movie to see a good perfomance and not the actors home life.
I could care less about what someone does on their downtime. I go to a movie to see a good perfomance and not the actors home life.
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3:32PM on 09/22/2010
he will never win an oscar, because most of the people that will be voting for him are Jewish. He can go and punch a pregnant women and say racist things about other ethnic groups. However, he did talk enough smack about Jewish people to where they woulnt vote for him. He could be Tom Hanks in forest gump, and the jewish people still woulnt vote for him... I personally dont blame them...however I am a firm believer in credit is deserved where credit belongs
he will never win an oscar, because most of the people that will be voting for him are Jewish. He can go and punch a pregnant women and say racist things about other ethnic groups. However, he did talk enough smack about Jewish people to where they woulnt vote for him. He could be Tom Hanks in forest gump, and the jewish people still woulnt vote for him... I personally dont blame them...however I am a firm believer in credit is deserved where credit belongs
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3:25PM on 09/22/2010

Forgiven

I thought he was only ACCUSED of punching his girlfriend.

People everywhere are fucking up, they just don't have the misfortune of having it on the front page of every tabloid in America when they do. Don't believe everything that you read. If his performance is worthy then give the man an Oscar.
I thought he was only ACCUSED of punching his girlfriend.

People everywhere are fucking up, they just don't have the misfortune of having it on the front page of every tabloid in America when they do. Don't believe everything that you read. If his performance is worthy then give the man an Oscar.
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3:20PM on 09/22/2010
fuck double posts..
fuck double posts..
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3:19PM on 09/22/2010

Please...

Everyone knows that if this were ANYONE ELSE, there wouldn't even be a discussion, no matter how great they were in a movie. People should just come out and say they still like Mel because its perfectly fine to be Sexist, Racist, and an Anti-Semite. Jeez, I'm sure if he actually did set his girlfriend on fire while spouting out the N-word and carving a swastika into his forehead with a knife people would still like him. We may not know the whole story, but there's still plenty we DO know to be
Everyone knows that if this were ANYONE ELSE, there wouldn't even be a discussion, no matter how great they were in a movie. People should just come out and say they still like Mel because its perfectly fine to be Sexist, Racist, and an Anti-Semite. Jeez, I'm sure if he actually did set his girlfriend on fire while spouting out the N-word and carving a swastika into his forehead with a knife people would still like him. We may not know the whole story, but there's still plenty we DO know to be true, its just no one really wants to admit they are perfectly okay with the way he is in real life so they wont take any heat.
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3:17PM on 09/22/2010
Yeah every time I see him I can't help but think how he punched a woman who was pregnant with his daughter. But besides that, you know, MINOR detail, why the hell not. At least he knows he has issues (I think... hope).
Yeah every time I see him I can't help but think how he punched a woman who was pregnant with his daughter. But besides that, you know, MINOR detail, why the hell not. At least he knows he has issues (I think... hope).
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3:13PM on 09/22/2010
Forgive him,treat him good..U never know how long we may have Mel around. I would hope he would never harm himself deliberately or accidentally (via boozed up etc)-I think U get the concern here.
Forgive him,treat him good..U never know how long we may have Mel around. I would hope he would never harm himself deliberately or accidentally (via boozed up etc)-I think U get the concern here.
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3:05PM on 09/22/2010
My all-time favorite actor. The man is a legend and i could give two shits about what his bitchy gf provoked him to say about her. She probably deserved it.
My all-time favorite actor. The man is a legend and i could give two shits about what his bitchy gf provoked him to say about her. She probably deserved it.
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3:04PM on 09/22/2010
Not sure if anyone has touched on this, but this kinda seems like damage control, hype the performance in the hopes of getting past the fact HE PUNCHED A PREGNANT WOMAN. There's no doubt that Gibson's talented and possibly still is talented, but his behavior wasn't loony couch jumping, Matt Lauer's glib, we come from aliens Tom Cruise stuff, his behavior was destructive and racially intolerant. Yeah, I'll still see the movie, but his antics are much harder for me to separate than Cruise's.
Not sure if anyone has touched on this, but this kinda seems like damage control, hype the performance in the hopes of getting past the fact HE PUNCHED A PREGNANT WOMAN. There's no doubt that Gibson's talented and possibly still is talented, but his behavior wasn't loony couch jumping, Matt Lauer's glib, we come from aliens Tom Cruise stuff, his behavior was destructive and racially intolerant. Yeah, I'll still see the movie, but his antics are much harder for me to separate than Cruise's.
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2:51PM on 09/22/2010

Mel may actually be...

Crazy. If he wins an oscar for this role, it will be because its the easiest piece of acting he's ever done for a role. I mean look at 'em. He's Nucking FUTZ!

Seriously, has anyone ever seen lethal weapon? He was crazy in that too. Oh how bout the Passion of the Christ. If that aint bat shit crazy, then i don't know what is...
Crazy. If he wins an oscar for this role, it will be because its the easiest piece of acting he's ever done for a role. I mean look at 'em. He's Nucking FUTZ!

Seriously, has anyone ever seen lethal weapon? He was crazy in that too. Oh how bout the Passion of the Christ. If that aint bat shit crazy, then i don't know what is...
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2:47PM on 09/22/2010
i loved "edge of darkness". i thought gibson gave an outstanding performance. was it his best? no. but i was damn good. i can always bypass the bad press and real-life crap surrounding an actor or actress if the performance is good. so, yes, if he gives a worthy performance or directing job he should get one.
i loved "edge of darkness". i thought gibson gave an outstanding performance. was it his best? no. but i was damn good. i can always bypass the bad press and real-life crap surrounding an actor or actress if the performance is good. so, yes, if he gives a worthy performance or directing job he should get one.
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2:45PM on 09/22/2010
Are we sure he is acting or did someone just decide to start filming his everyday life?
Are we sure he is acting or did someone just decide to start filming his everyday life?
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2:44PM on 09/22/2010
Gibson's racist rants are so over the top that he might just be a comedic genius without even trying. The guy is definitely a Psycho but he can still channel his psychosis into good performances. As a person I think that the guy is a totally insane D-Bag but as an actor, the jury is still out.

Now my question is this:

Is the Beaver an actual Beaver or is it slang for a vagina??
Gibson's racist rants are so over the top that he might just be a comedic genius without even trying. The guy is definitely a Psycho but he can still channel his psychosis into good performances. As a person I think that the guy is a totally insane D-Bag but as an actor, the jury is still out.

Now my question is this:

Is the Beaver an actual Beaver or is it slang for a vagina??
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2:40PM on 09/22/2010

Media Get OUT

I think Mel is a really talented person. But the media loves to blow shit out of wake.. Who cares what his personal life is and how it turns out. WE ARE ALL F***K'd up and if everyone was in our personal life none of use would have jobs lol... but also like the Christian Bale's rant on the Terminator set.. He his no different than what you, your self would do. Action is his job/passion. If you were working on something and someone came around and kept F-ING it up you would be pissed.. snap a
I think Mel is a really talented person. But the media loves to blow shit out of wake.. Who cares what his personal life is and how it turns out. WE ARE ALL F***K'd up and if everyone was in our personal life none of use would have jobs lol... but also like the Christian Bale's rant on the Terminator set.. He his no different than what you, your self would do. Action is his job/passion. If you were working on something and someone came around and kept F-ING it up you would be pissed.. snap a just chunk of us. but omg we can point a finger and say hes a bad person. Yet that same person flips when a co-worker messes up there report/take there thunder on something they work so hard to achive... Now im not saying Mel was right or wrong but it is never as simple as black and white.. There are many different shades of gray. No one took into account that maybe Mels thing is nuts.. i hade a nuts g/f and they do anything to discredit you.. maybe she cheated on Mel... but no one looks at the fact his ex wife and mother of his other offspring say he would never do that nor has he ever done that to us... but that doesnt sell papers.. MEL pissed off telling someone to 'BEEP' them self is...

UGH!
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2:38PM on 09/22/2010
He is like Tom Cruise in my eyes. I ignore the shit off camera and enjoy his acting on camera.
He is like Tom Cruise in my eyes. I ignore the shit off camera and enjoy his acting on camera.
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2:37PM on 09/22/2010

Polanski

Roman Polanski won an oscar while on the lam for drugging and sodomizing a 13 year old girl. I'd say the academy can be pretty forgiving.
Roman Polanski won an oscar while on the lam for drugging and sodomizing a 13 year old girl. I'd say the academy can be pretty forgiving.
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3:22AM on 09/23/2010
Yeah, seriously, though Polanski may be the one exception where I cannot separate the work from the man. You have to draw the line somewhere.
Yeah, seriously, though Polanski may be the one exception where I cannot separate the work from the man. You have to draw the line somewhere.
2:15PM on 09/22/2010

He's forgiven

I could care less what he said. He didn't kill anybody. If Michael Vick can start for the Eagles, Mel should get an Oscar. The man is a legend.
I could care less what he said. He didn't kill anybody. If Michael Vick can start for the Eagles, Mel should get an Oscar. The man is a legend.
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2:39PM on 09/22/2010
Agreed. Although Vick should have been paid a visit by the Bear Jew. That guy is sick and twisted and has textbook serial killer tendencies.
Agreed. Although Vick should have been paid a visit by the Bear Jew. That guy is sick and twisted and has textbook serial killer tendencies.
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2:01PM on 09/22/2010
While the man definitely has issues, his professional career should be judged separate from his personal life. If his acting warrants an Oscar, then he should be awarded for it, imo.
While the man definitely has issues, his professional career should be judged separate from his personal life. If his acting warrants an Oscar, then he should be awarded for it, imo.
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1:41PM on 09/22/2010

THE JEWS CONTROL THE OSCARS!!!

I'm very curious to see this movie. I have heard quite a bit of early praise for Gibson's performance, I think Jodie Foster said it was the best thing he's ever done, or something like that. But even if it IS absolutely incredible, I don't think he'll get any love from The Academy. Yeah, pretty much file that under shit that will never happen.
I'm very curious to see this movie. I have heard quite a bit of early praise for Gibson's performance, I think Jodie Foster said it was the best thing he's ever done, or something like that. But even if it IS absolutely incredible, I don't think he'll get any love from The Academy. Yeah, pretty much file that under shit that will never happen.
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1:39PM on 09/22/2010
I'm still a big fan of Mel Gibson. Gibson is a legend and is one of the best actors of all time. I think he can make a comeback in Hollywood. I mean just look at Downey Jr. and Rourke. They both had difficult pasts and now they are A-List stars and are in high demand. I'm just saying I am rooting for Mel to make a comeback.
I'm still a big fan of Mel Gibson. Gibson is a legend and is one of the best actors of all time. I think he can make a comeback in Hollywood. I mean just look at Downey Jr. and Rourke. They both had difficult pasts and now they are A-List stars and are in high demand. I'm just saying I am rooting for Mel to make a comeback.
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1:43PM on 09/22/2010
I agree with you 100%.
I agree with you 100%.
1:59PM on 09/22/2010
thanks dude
thanks dude
1:29PM on 09/22/2010

Best Actor

Sly Stallone said it best when he said that we still don't know the full story. Her claims have changed so many times we still don't know what really went down. We know that Mel has an explosive temper that results in him saying undeniably terrible things, but we're all guilty of that. If any of us were to listen to recordings of ourselves at our worst moments, we would all find ourselves despicable. Also as Sly Tweeted about Mel, "A broken heart makes a man lose his dignity."

Mel has one
Sly Stallone said it best when he said that we still don't know the full story. Her claims have changed so many times we still don't know what really went down. We know that Mel has an explosive temper that results in him saying undeniably terrible things, but we're all guilty of that. If any of us were to listen to recordings of ourselves at our worst moments, we would all find ourselves despicable. Also as Sly Tweeted about Mel, "A broken heart makes a man lose his dignity."

Mel has one of the nicest reputations in Hollywood from those who have worked with him. While many have rushed to judgement after the media coverage of his mistakes in the past five years, those who have worked with him have nothing but good things to say about him, from high-profile directors like Richard Donner to below-the-line crew members. It is known that he has struggled with the bottle for quite some time, but he's always been known to have a good heart. He just has very dark moments, as we all do.

All that being said, Mel Gibson is still one of the most talented actors and directors we have. And no matter what, I want him in more movies. There's no man I'd rather pay to see. Not because of his personal life, but because of his on-screen persona. Will Hollywood forgive him enough to give him an Oscar? I honestly don't think so, but I really wish people could set aside their personal grudges (which they're rightfully entitled to), and judge a man for his talent alone.
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1:27PM on 09/22/2010
I think this movie has a great premise and I personally don't care about Gibson's issues.

I don't know what the Academy will do. Have many actors been denouncing him? He didn't get not convicted of a terrible crime like Polanski, and Polanski was welcomed back with open arms.
I think this movie has a great premise and I personally don't care about Gibson's issues.

I don't know what the Academy will do. Have many actors been denouncing him? He didn't get not convicted of a terrible crime like Polanski, and Polanski was welcomed back with open arms.
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1:24PM on 09/22/2010
What if Mel's behavior was all just an elaborate Joaquin-style hoax, except it was for his own entertainment?
What if Mel's behavior was all just an elaborate Joaquin-style hoax, except it was for his own entertainment?
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1:23PM on 09/22/2010

wait just a second....

...forget mel gibson. did i just read "...film about a man who loses his mind and talks through a beaver...?"
is this a joke? that sounds like something an 4th grader would come up with.
...forget mel gibson. did i just read "...film about a man who loses his mind and talks through a beaver...?"
is this a joke? that sounds like something an 4th grader would come up with.
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1:21PM on 09/22/2010
I've always seperated the person from the role also, otherwise Id never watch a movie. For me its along the lines of a love the sinner not the sin kind of thing. Just because someone does something horrible doesnt mean you cant appreciate other things they have done. Gibson has always been an amazing actor as good as Pacino, Deniro and the other hollywood icons. Gibson as a human being is quite a disgrace, but I just dont want to miss an opportunity too see something amazing on camera just
I've always seperated the person from the role also, otherwise Id never watch a movie. For me its along the lines of a love the sinner not the sin kind of thing. Just because someone does something horrible doesnt mean you cant appreciate other things they have done. Gibson has always been an amazing actor as good as Pacino, Deniro and the other hollywood icons. Gibson as a human being is quite a disgrace, but I just dont want to miss an opportunity too see something amazing on camera just because the guy is a nut away from the camera.





P.S. Is this film actually coming? i just read an article that it was shelved indefinately because of the tapes. The post here is unclear as if this movie is definately coming or not.
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1:20PM on 09/22/2010
As a black guy, I have no issues with watching his movies. If i was going to be offended or pissed off by every idiot who throws around the n-word, says sexist or racist crap, or gets drunk and acts like a towering asshole, my movie watching choices would shrink drastically. I'll definitely check out The Beaver, the premise seems great.
As a black guy, I have no issues with watching his movies. If i was going to be offended or pissed off by every idiot who throws around the n-word, says sexist or racist crap, or gets drunk and acts like a towering asshole, my movie watching choices would shrink drastically. I'll definitely check out The Beaver, the premise seems great.
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1:15PM on 09/22/2010
I guess if the Academy snubs him they can just smile and blow him.
I guess if the Academy snubs him they can just smile and blow him.
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