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Yesterday, THE EXPENDABLES 3 began principal photography and we caught our first glimpse of the film’s villain looking exceptionally “pumped up” and ready for action. That “villain” is none other than Mel Gibson, the Academy Award winning director of BRAVEHEART and star of a laundry list of outstanding films, to include the LETHAL WEAPON series, the MAD MAX series, MAVERICK, RANSOM, PAYBACK, THE PATRIOT, WE WERE SOLDIERS, and SIGNS. Even his in-between films have a certain charm, resonating with many folks as classics in their own right. 

Seeing that pic of Mel yesterday reminded me of one of his greatest attributes as a filmmaker and actor: Commitment. Gibson has rarely given less than his all (no one can excuse BIRD ON A WIRE) and adds a gravitas and power to each and every project he’s attached himself to, acting or otherwise. I would venture to say that he’s evolved into a fantastic director, perhaps even surpassing his skills as an actor. BRAVEHEART speaks for itself, and whether you’re religious or not, there’s no doubting the deftly crafted THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST or heart-pounding electricity that is APOCALYPTO. But, Gibson’s career was abruptly cut short by the one thing that crashes down on many a star’s head: his personal life.

Now, we’ve gone down the road of Gibson’s past behavior before, gleaned from phone calls, e-mails, and “sources” that paint a less than desirable portrait of the aging star. Certainly, if you’ve entertained that material, usually culled from the dregs of tabloid journalism, then it’s influenced your opinion of the man to some degree. And, there’s truth in that mire of bullshit, but I personally don’t see it as enough to convict the man of the sentence of life without a decent movie role or the chance to direct another film. In fact, that’s the real crime. In the years since his ostracization from the Hollywood elite, Gibson has paid a hefty price.

For some, it’s a price he had to pay. Our sense of justice varies by our own moral and societal scale, so it’s easy to nod our heads and say that, yes, he deserved to suffer. Some may feel that all is right in the world with Gibson’s state of being in the industry. Well, that’s just fine for those that feel that way. I can’t speak to any extremes of Gibson’s behavior beyond what I’ve heard from the various leaks and secondhand accounts. I’m not an attorney, a cop, or a judge involved in his cases. I’m a movie fan. A hardcore movie fan at that, and one that would like, more than anything, to see Gibson released from his “prison” with time served so he can get back to doing what he does best: Acting and directing.

Hollywood can be a fickle bitch and when she leaves you, she takes everything plus the ice cube trays. Now, Gibson isn’t short on cash last I heard, but he’s been on the blacklist long enough that even the cast of THE HANGOVER wouldn’t work with him. In the time since he reemerged in 2010 with EDGE OF DARKNESS, Gibson has had a difficult climb back into the saddle, compounded almost exclusively by his personal life. He starred in THE BEAVER, which was a tremendous performance that couldn’t have been more ill timed, as it coincided with more of his controversies, leaving the hugely underrated film mostly ignored. Since then, Gibson experimented with the VOD market, making a terrifically solid action romp, GET THE GRINGO, and has since had difficulty finding footing in any genre or market.

However, Gibson has seemingly embraced this “bad guy” image and found a new niche to explore: the villain. Taking the lead foil for both Robert Rodriguez’s MACHETE KILLS and Stallone’s geriatric action nostalgia franchise sequel THE EXPENDABLES 3, Gibson is jumping into a different shade of his career with this type of role, which is affording him the spotlight once more. I think it’s a sound and smart decision on his part and shows his awareness of where he is and where he wants to be. My only fear is that it becomes a typecasting problem, but I believe Gibson is stronger than that.

Which brings me back to Gibson’s resolve; his commitment. Seeing Gibson pumped (literally) and ready to get back in the game makes me happy, because it shows that he’s not done. He’s not going to go quietly and I’d expect no less from the man. I don’t know Mel Gibson. I likely never will. No more than I’ll know or connect with many of the people whose work I’ve admired throughout my life. But, as a fan, it is my hope that he will recapture his career, find new footing, and launch back into the kind of work that we all know he’s capable of, rather than scraping the bottom of the barrel just to stay in the game. Gibson is better than that and in the long run we’re all being robbed of a filmmaker and actor who has proven his skill time and time again.

I don’t care about Gibson’s personal life, barring some major horrific crime. In truth, if we knew all the sordid details of every celebrity we admire, from phone calls, e-mails, videos, and more, we’d likely run out of heroes real quick. We are all flawed, in many ways, but that does not place us beyond redemption. It just makes us human and Gibson is a very talented one. So, for the sake of those who want to see a talented actor/director make some more great work before he passes on from this world, I think it’s high time to let the man out of his shackles and get on with it. There are movies to be made here, people!

If you won't listen to me...at least listen to IRON MAN...

Extra Tidbit: Gibson has had a number of projects on the burner, including his Viking pic, Berserker, and the historical Maccabees film. He has declined to do another Lethal Weapon unless director Richard Donner was involved. What do YOU think would suit Mel best going forward? More importantly, what do YOU want to see him do?
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8:49PM on 08/21/2013

Pathetic

Is the movie industry so devoid of actors/ directors that everyone here feels the need to blow this guy to give him not a second, not a third or even a fourth chance but a "who knows what number he's up to" chance. His problem isn't that his ex-wife "manufactured" audio to make him out to be a douchebag. She supplied the audio and the media ran with what was there. Also, between these conversations and multiple encounters with the law (the racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-semetic run-ins with
Is the movie industry so devoid of actors/ directors that everyone here feels the need to blow this guy to give him not a second, not a third or even a fourth chance but a "who knows what number he's up to" chance. His problem isn't that his ex-wife "manufactured" audio to make him out to be a douchebag. She supplied the audio and the media ran with what was there. Also, between these conversations and multiple encounters with the law (the racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-semetic run-ins with the law) and the subtext from the very movies he's made, why would anyone want to listen to another word that oozes out of his mouth? Why is everyone here so willing to downplay the vile that is seething below the surface. I guess it's easy not to care if you are not a woman or black or Jewish or gay or part of any of the other groups he hates or looks down on. Must be nice to be able to sell your morals in hopes of a Lethal Weapon 5. This isn't a case of someone not being PC, this is a case of a frighteningly violent and hateful man who has been caught by his own words. But it doesn't affect you, so f*ck anyone else it does. Wow.
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2:09PM on 08/22/2013
Stop whining.
Stop whining.
7:23PM on 08/21/2013

Pathetic

Is the movie industry so devoid of actors/ directors that everyone here feels the need to blow this guy to give him not a second, not a third or even a fourth chance but a "who knows what number he's up to" chance. His problem isn't that his ex-wife "manufactured" audio to make him out to be a douchebag. She supplied the audio and the media ran with what was there. Also, between these conversations and multiple encounters with the law (the racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-semetic run-ins with
Is the movie industry so devoid of actors/ directors that everyone here feels the need to blow this guy to give him not a second, not a third or even a fourth chance but a "who knows what number he's up to" chance. His problem isn't that his ex-wife "manufactured" audio to make him out to be a douchebag. She supplied the audio and the media ran with what was there. Also, between these conversations and multiple encounters with the law (the racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-semetic run-ins with the law) and the subtext from the very movies he's made, why would anyone want to listen to another word that oozes out of his mouth? Why is everyone here so willing to downplay the vile that is seething below the surface. I guess it's easy not to care if you are not a woman or black or Jewish or gay or part of any of the other groups he hates or looks down on. Must be nice to be able to sell your morals in hopes of a Lethal Weapon 5. This isn't a case of someone not being PC, this is a case of a frighteningly violent and hateful man who has been caught by his own words. But it doesn't affect you, so f*ck anyone else it does. Wow.
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12:54PM on 08/21/2013

F Mel Gibson

F that anti Jew, woman hating piece of crap. I'm boycotting all his films going forward.
F that anti Jew, woman hating piece of crap. I'm boycotting all his films going forward.
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2:02PM on 08/21/2013
Would you like some cheese to go with your whine?
Would you like some cheese to go with your whine?
2:07PM on 08/21/2013
They have a cave troll.
They have a cave troll.
3:15PM on 08/21/2013
While I think he deserves a second chance after some effective damage control (a role in Machete Kills doesn't count), troll or not, this is what some people think of him now and it's not like it's out of left field. All of these Mel lovers don't seem to grasp the severity of his actions....
While I think he deserves a second chance after some effective damage control (a role in Machete Kills doesn't count), troll or not, this is what some people think of him now and it's not like it's out of left field. All of these Mel lovers don't seem to grasp the severity of his actions....
4:10AM on 08/21/2013

Totally agree

This is a great article, I have always loved Mel's movies, even in his lesser ones he's always been great. No one on this planet hasn't said or done stupid things while in the heat of anger, I for one am ready to see him back on the big screen. And shit, Mel is gigantic now, he's really committing to Expendables 3, can't wait!
This is a great article, I have always loved Mel's movies, even in his lesser ones he's always been great. No one on this planet hasn't said or done stupid things while in the heat of anger, I for one am ready to see him back on the big screen. And shit, Mel is gigantic now, he's really committing to Expendables 3, can't wait!
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1:19AM on 08/21/2013

Beat me to it....damn you Joblo!!!!!

I was going to reference what Robert Downey Jr. said Mel Gibson in his acceptance speech, but Joblo beat me to it. What Downey said was one of the biggest highlights of Downey's career. Not forgetting to help out those who help him out greatly back in the 90s. Classy, bold, and remarkably respectable.
Mel is not done. His career reminds impressive. Even when things were getting heated up, he still directed to back to back films which were both great. Unlike Lindsay Lohan and so many others in
I was going to reference what Robert Downey Jr. said Mel Gibson in his acceptance speech, but Joblo beat me to it. What Downey said was one of the biggest highlights of Downey's career. Not forgetting to help out those who help him out greatly back in the 90s. Classy, bold, and remarkably respectable.
Mel is not done. His career reminds impressive. Even when things were getting heated up, he still directed to back to back films which were both great. Unlike Lindsay Lohan and so many others in Hollywood, Gibson is still a talented actor and fine filmmaker. I don't care what he says about who, Mel directs a new movie and I'm there opening weekend. I got your back Mel, and so do a lot of others.
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1:12AM on 08/21/2013
Call me crazy, I want a Mel Gibson directed Lethal Weapon 5 or at least Danny Glover in a wheel chair with mini guns in the next Expendables.
Call me crazy, I want a Mel Gibson directed Lethal Weapon 5 or at least Danny Glover in a wheel chair with mini guns in the next Expendables.
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8:55PM on 08/20/2013

The Solution !!! ;-)

Mel won't be getting anywhere with this two villain parts, no matter how good & cool he will (or he will not) be in them. But that "viking project" looks like a perfect vehicle for him to direct it (and also starr). He's better known as an actor but the director job I think it is his secret weapon. I can foresee a comeback, and that will be more than welcomed. Too bad that ''Get the Gringo'' went on VOD and didn't get a theatrical release, since it was better than a lot of action movies that I
Mel won't be getting anywhere with this two villain parts, no matter how good & cool he will (or he will not) be in them. But that "viking project" looks like a perfect vehicle for him to direct it (and also starr). He's better known as an actor but the director job I think it is his secret weapon. I can foresee a comeback, and that will be more than welcomed. Too bad that ''Get the Gringo'' went on VOD and didn't get a theatrical release, since it was better than a lot of action movies that I saw last year. It's a shame that his performance in "The Beaver " went unnoticed because of the politics. (I lost respect for Jodie Foster since I read about her remarks that she regretted casting Mel). And since no one mentioned Christian Bale was also recorded ranting... but who mentions it. No One !!!
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10:10PM on 08/20/2013
Christian Bale was recorded ranting to a guy on a movie set for being out of line. Alec Baldwin ranted to his own daughter. Mel Gibson ranted to his wife, and to a police officer. The circumstances of Bale's breakdown aren't as shameful (and he ranted with more coherence than most).
Christian Bale was recorded ranting to a guy on a movie set for being out of line. Alec Baldwin ranted to his own daughter. Mel Gibson ranted to his wife, and to a police officer. The circumstances of Bale's breakdown aren't as shameful (and he ranted with more coherence than most).
11:14PM on 08/20/2013
@Duddi, I do think the two new movies will help, especially The Expendables III, but he will regain his momentum and make his way back to the top. I really wish he had agreed to do a fourth Mad Max though...that would have helped as well. I mean look what making incredible bookends to Rocky and Rambo did for Sly (and they were very heartfelt and genuine). I think that could have done wonders for Mel Gibson's career, but oh well...we will see what happens. All I know is he deserves it and
@Duddi, I do think the two new movies will help, especially The Expendables III, but he will regain his momentum and make his way back to the top. I really wish he had agreed to do a fourth Mad Max though...that would have helped as well. I mean look what making incredible bookends to Rocky and Rambo did for Sly (and they were very heartfelt and genuine). I think that could have done wonders for Mel Gibson's career, but oh well...we will see what happens. All I know is he deserves it and shouldn't be repressed due to people butthurt over things they are likely guilty of as well.
9:24AM on 08/21/2013
@HoyleHaw, no matter who he was ranting to, still he lost his sh!t... But it looks like it has never happened nowadays, same as people never mention the famous Kirk Douglas rape of Natalie Wood, or Polanski's shameful rape and recently Baldwin's scandal with his daughter. There are a lot of actors who fucked up, but they are still working...Mel was always a heavy-drinker, and saying that alone, let us know that trouble never escaped him, he's been making scandals since forever ;-), but now it
@HoyleHaw, no matter who he was ranting to, still he lost his sh!t... But it looks like it has never happened nowadays, same as people never mention the famous Kirk Douglas rape of Natalie Wood, or Polanski's shameful rape and recently Baldwin's scandal with his daughter. There are a lot of actors who fucked up, but they are still working...Mel was always a heavy-drinker, and saying that alone, let us know that trouble never escaped him, he's been making scandals since forever ;-), but now it looks like no one wants him back. Edge of Darkness didn't help, and nor did Get the Gringo & The Beaver. Can you get more humiliated than to get refused by the cast of The Hangover to film a scene with you > ? <
- @Vienna_Rage:A "Lethal Weapon" movie would be a good idea !!! Good that he let go of Mad Max (even thou i read he has filmed a bit part in the upcoming one), since he's a bit old for that one... I hope this two parts will help but playing a villain didn't help anyone, see Rourke for instance, he made a super comeback with "The Wrestler" and look where he's now... after that he was the villain in Iron Man 2 & Immortals and now he's making terrible B-Flick movies... But as i mentioned above Mel has a strong weapon... Hope he will use it soon !!! Anyway Cheers !!!
8:40PM on 08/20/2013
A wise man once told me that no one person is really better than the other, it's just that God or whatever divine force that controls the universe still hasn't expose your dark side to everyone else. From personal experience I also learned that even though people make mistakes, it doesn't necessarily make them bad people.
Now I don't know Mel Gibson personally, but I don't think he's any worse than me and you. So unless I found out that he's some kind of child rapist or a criminal sociopath,
A wise man once told me that no one person is really better than the other, it's just that God or whatever divine force that controls the universe still hasn't expose your dark side to everyone else. From personal experience I also learned that even though people make mistakes, it doesn't necessarily make them bad people.
Now I don't know Mel Gibson personally, but I don't think he's any worse than me and you. So unless I found out that he's some kind of child rapist or a criminal sociopath, I'd still watch his movies and enjoy the heck out of his performances.
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8:23PM on 08/20/2013

Right on

Mel's best roles have a darker edge to them, and it's not surprising that darkness comes from a very real place. It's not surprising that Mel has some issues, especially when alcohol is involved.

That said, I always felt the furor over THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST was overblown. I don't think Mel or the movie was anti-Semitic, but he certainly became anti-Semitic after the fit hit the shan. I remember Mel saying his Maccabean movie was his way of apologizing if anyone was offended by TPotC
Mel's best roles have a darker edge to them, and it's not surprising that darkness comes from a very real place. It's not surprising that Mel has some issues, especially when alcohol is involved.

That said, I always felt the furor over THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST was overblown. I don't think Mel or the movie was anti-Semitic, but he certainly became anti-Semitic after the fit hit the shan. I remember Mel saying his Maccabean movie was his way of apologizing if anyone was offended by TPotC - a movie where Jews were the good guys. I saw some extremely bitchy responses to that, and I'm not surprised Gibson took them to heart. And yes, from what little I read, the Joe Eszterhas (sp?) script was garbage.

This is kind of a long-winded way of saying that Mel Gibson deserves another shot: he's too talented not get work in Hollywood and he's paid enough. The fact that both RDJ and Jodie Foster (who cast him in THE BEAVER as a way of getting him back on track after the voicemail incident) are both in his corner speak volumes.
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6:19PM on 08/20/2013
As a movie fan...always loved Mel. With regard to his personal life...all I can say is...if my heat of the moment arguments with my wife were secretly recorded....I'd be quickly disowned by my parents. Point is...I think when very angry (and/or drunk - I dunno, I don't drink)...I imagine we'd not like anyone to see how we can be. I know that I very quickly regret the stuff I say when I cool down.
As a movie fan...always loved Mel. With regard to his personal life...all I can say is...if my heat of the moment arguments with my wife were secretly recorded....I'd be quickly disowned by my parents. Point is...I think when very angry (and/or drunk - I dunno, I don't drink)...I imagine we'd not like anyone to see how we can be. I know that I very quickly regret the stuff I say when I cool down.
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10:11PM on 08/20/2013
Ditto.
Ditto.
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5:29PM on 08/20/2013
Mel is the Man.... discussion over!
Mel is the Man.... discussion over!
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4:46PM on 08/20/2013

The Best C'mon Hollywood yet!

Usually I find one or two things wrong with your arguments (IMO, of course) but I was nodding along with this article all the way through. Gibson is a genius who commands the screen when he's on it. They need him.
Usually I find one or two things wrong with your arguments (IMO, of course) but I was nodding along with this article all the way through. Gibson is a genius who commands the screen when he's on it. They need him.
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4:45PM on 08/20/2013
He may have anger issues, but it's all been directed to people who deserve it anyways. I just want him to come back so he can finally tackle that Vikings movie?
He may have anger issues, but it's all been directed to people who deserve it anyways. I just want him to come back so he can finally tackle that Vikings movie?
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10:04AM on 08/21/2013
Pretty sure a police officer doing his job or pregnant ex-girlfriend didn't deserve what was said to them, c'mon....
Pretty sure a police officer doing his job or pregnant ex-girlfriend didn't deserve what was said to them, c'mon....
4:40PM on 08/20/2013

Nailed it again Paul!

You said what needed to be said. Spot on!
You said what needed to be said. Spot on!
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4:31PM on 08/20/2013

Couldn't agree more.

He's hugged the cactus for way too long.
He's hugged the cactus for way too long.
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4:15PM on 08/20/2013

Spot On

I agree with everything said here! His post breakdown performances have been good (to fantastic), and he is very talented. I am excited to see his villainous turns.

If anyone hasn't seen 'Get The Gringo', I couldn't recommend it more. It's terrific fun.
I agree with everything said here! His post breakdown performances have been good (to fantastic), and he is very talented. I am excited to see his villainous turns.

If anyone hasn't seen 'Get The Gringo', I couldn't recommend it more. It's terrific fun.
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2:53PM on 08/20/2013
Hell of an actor. Hell of a director.
Hell of an actor. Hell of a director.
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2:44PM on 08/20/2013

Yeeees!!! Mel Mel Mel!

Now that Bruce Willis is "bored" of action flicks and wants to make art movies like CATCH 44 and Lay the favorite (or maybe The whole eleven yards... or something like that), its time to bring back Mel to the action genre. But I don t need Lethal Weapon (as much as I love this saga). Give him some decent action solo film, ala TAKEN or TRANSPORTER, and then some part in a blockbuster. Like Sly and Arnold, I wants him in a dozen thrillers for the next ten years!
Now that Bruce Willis is "bored" of action flicks and wants to make art movies like CATCH 44 and Lay the favorite (or maybe The whole eleven yards... or something like that), its time to bring back Mel to the action genre. But I don t need Lethal Weapon (as much as I love this saga). Give him some decent action solo film, ala TAKEN or TRANSPORTER, and then some part in a blockbuster. Like Sly and Arnold, I wants him in a dozen thrillers for the next ten years!
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2:30PM on 08/20/2013
Cast him as led Luther.
Cast him as led Luther.
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2:24PM on 08/20/2013
He is one of my favourite directors and one of my favourite actors.sad to see him getting alienated in hollywood,media,society.it shows their hypocrisy as if they are noble saints who never did a wrong thing in their life.Get the gringo is really great with a Western vibe.i would like to see him direct more films and act in performance oriented drama films and do an action film once in a while
He is one of my favourite directors and one of my favourite actors.sad to see him getting alienated in hollywood,media,society.it shows their hypocrisy as if they are noble saints who never did a wrong thing in their life.Get the gringo is really great with a Western vibe.i would like to see him direct more films and act in performance oriented drama films and do an action film once in a while
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2:15PM on 08/20/2013
Hollywood is extremely inconsistent and profoundly adolescent in its standards, especially when it comes to judging people and "forgiving" them. Mel Gibson is a human being. Like every single other person, he has said things that are inappropriate. We have all had fits of rage (hopefully they've been few and far between, but there isn't a person alive who hasn't snapped at one point or another when pushed and unleashed a plethora of fury on someone and in doing so, said some extremely sick and
Hollywood is extremely inconsistent and profoundly adolescent in its standards, especially when it comes to judging people and "forgiving" them. Mel Gibson is a human being. Like every single other person, he has said things that are inappropriate. We have all had fits of rage (hopefully they've been few and far between, but there isn't a person alive who hasn't snapped at one point or another when pushed and unleashed a plethora of fury on someone and in doing so, said some extremely sick and horrible things that were way out of line). Why is that so unforgivable (not that it was the public's business in the first place)? I mean especially considering that most of the people who are so vehemently against him, won't let it go and continue to rub his nose in shit are the same people who have forgiven others such as Roman Polanski. I'm sorry but rape is just a tad more severe than using a few slurs, again in the heat of the moment. IAlso reverse racism is perfectly fine (i.e. African American actors/film makers making blatantly racist remarks toward caucasions) in the eyes of Hollywood. Mel Gibson is an astonishing actor and film maker and should be given the same opportunities as everyone else. He has more than earned his throne among the greats. In my mind, there is nothing to forgive. It happened (albeit, much of it was exaggerated and distorted by that woman), it's done. Overwith. In the past. Let's all move on and bring Mel with us.
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1:55PM on 08/20/2013

Good to have Mel back.

All the Mel Gibson hate over the years was pathetic and hypocritical, But it makes sense seeing as how it was American.
Mel did nothing worse than anybody else has when drunk as fuck, But America being America they had to make it into something it wasn't to feel better about themselves. Even the tapes of him in the privacy of his own home were a joke, because once more it was no worse than what happens behind millions of closed doors. Besides, Gibson like many others come from another time. A
All the Mel Gibson hate over the years was pathetic and hypocritical, But it makes sense seeing as how it was American.
Mel did nothing worse than anybody else has when drunk as fuck, But America being America they had to make it into something it wasn't to feel better about themselves. Even the tapes of him in the privacy of his own home were a joke, because once more it was no worse than what happens behind millions of closed doors. Besides, Gibson like many others come from another time. A time when the world wasn't full of politically correct fags and pussies like the world is full of now and while the racism isn't cool, no one can act like they have never said or done anything racist and needs to shut up, instead of trying to cover up their actions by jumping on a bandwagon and hoping people think they are holier than thou.
But Stupidity, Ignorance and Hypocrisy seem to what America is made of and just like a cult if your raised in it you never notice anything wrong.
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2:11PM on 08/20/2013
What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
2:24PM on 08/20/2013
Really, bro? Come on, man...
Really, bro? Come on, man...
4:39PM on 08/20/2013
@sarcastos - hating America to bring Mel Gibson back is stupid and ignorant dude. And posting an inane response like this is total hypocrisy. Now if you don't mind...I have my own cactus's to hug...
@sarcastos - hating America to bring Mel Gibson back is stupid and ignorant dude. And posting an inane response like this is total hypocrisy. Now if you don't mind...I have my own cactus's to hug...
5:26PM on 08/20/2013
Nice tantrum, bro.
Nice tantrum, bro.
1:51PM on 08/20/2013
To me, part of Mel Gibson's appeal was his humor and charm. That has clearly died over the years. I have a hard time taking him seriously these days. I think he's a hardworking Hollywood man and he may very well deserve a comeback. But the dude has some serious personal issues he's got to work on if he wants to be the Golden Boy he once was. And I wish him luck, I really do.
To me, part of Mel Gibson's appeal was his humor and charm. That has clearly died over the years. I have a hard time taking him seriously these days. I think he's a hardworking Hollywood man and he may very well deserve a comeback. But the dude has some serious personal issues he's got to work on if he wants to be the Golden Boy he once was. And I wish him luck, I really do.
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1:50PM on 08/20/2013

Who cares if he said racist shit?

he never hurt or killed anyone, that cunt cuts up hours of conversations and pastes them to an audio clip and people buy it. hes an asshole but he deserves another chance. Fuck being PC and accepting everyone.
he never hurt or killed anyone, that cunt cuts up hours of conversations and pastes them to an audio clip and people buy it. hes an asshole but he deserves another chance. Fuck being PC and accepting everyone.
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4:00PM on 08/20/2013
well, except that he did smack his wife. but people make mistakes, and if all actors' personal lives were aired in public there'd be NO ONE left with a clean image in hollywood.
well, except that he did smack his wife. but people make mistakes, and if all actors' personal lives were aired in public there'd be NO ONE left with a clean image in hollywood.
1:01PM on 08/20/2013

COuld not love this article more

My thoughts and feelings precisely. In addition to which, I've met many who know and have worked with the man, and the general consensus is he is one of the friendliest and kindest stars in the business. He has had his terrible moments and he does have his demons as we all do, but people have said from personal experience that he is a much better person to work with and be around than some other very publicly beloved stars.

Mel's IMDb page claims he has a role in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. I know
My thoughts and feelings precisely. In addition to which, I've met many who know and have worked with the man, and the general consensus is he is one of the friendliest and kindest stars in the business. He has had his terrible moments and he does have his demons as we all do, but people have said from personal experience that he is a much better person to work with and be around than some other very publicly beloved stars.

Mel's IMDb page claims he has a role in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. I know we're not supposed to trust IMDb about such matters, but God I hope that's true. I'd give anything to have had him don the leather one last time.
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12:27PM on 08/20/2013

This is all academic

Ultimately, you can make an impassioned plea, and argue whether or not you hold him to a different standard than you would others because you like his artistic contributions as an actor or director - but it comes down to money. Hollywood is risk-averse, if nothing else. There's a cognitive dissonance around Mel - women are not going to want to see him in a family movie, drama or rom-com - look at his ill-timed release directed by Jodie Foster. You can poo-poo people being offended by his
Ultimately, you can make an impassioned plea, and argue whether or not you hold him to a different standard than you would others because you like his artistic contributions as an actor or director - but it comes down to money. Hollywood is risk-averse, if nothing else. There's a cognitive dissonance around Mel - women are not going to want to see him in a family movie, drama or rom-com - look at his ill-timed release directed by Jodie Foster. You can poo-poo people being offended by his personal mistakes, but unless you wage a door to door PR campaign on his behalf, I don't see the driving ticket-buyers being swayed.
He's been cock-blocked out of action films, and consequently, he's doing the best he can: networking directly with veterans in the industry who are willing to stick up for him, and not being afraid of playing a villain. If he gets accepted in this mode, perhaps he can transition.
I do take issue with an implied dismissal of people who have a problem with his personal behavior. People have a right to vote with their wallets; if explicit verbal abuse of the most extreme nature, and his DUI anti-semitic rants are genuinely and deeply offensive to some people, I think that's certainly a valid response. At the end of the day, until the "ticket buyers" can forgive him, it's kind of foolish to expect Hollywood studios to try and position him as a rehabilitated star. I'm not passing judgement on whether he deserves to be brought in the fold or not, and I'm speaking as somebody who is a big fan of his work - I'm simply asking, how many potential disastrous film releases would we suggest Hollywood entertain before they realize that he might not be capable of filling seats. At the end of the day, that's all a "Movie Star" is worth to a studio - actors grow on trees.
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2:20PM on 08/20/2013
I agree that people can and do vote with their wallets, but Gibson hasn't had a film in theaters since 2010's Edge of Darkness, which just broke even with its final take. It was also his first major role since 2002's Signs and first major project after directing Apocalypto in 2006. It's not like he was flooding the marketplace and The Beaver aside, none of it's been a "disaster." He's hardly got a lengthy track record of the public shunning his films, so really, what exactly is Hollywood saving
I agree that people can and do vote with their wallets, but Gibson hasn't had a film in theaters since 2010's Edge of Darkness, which just broke even with its final take. It was also his first major role since 2002's Signs and first major project after directing Apocalypto in 2006. It's not like he was flooding the marketplace and The Beaver aside, none of it's been a "disaster." He's hardly got a lengthy track record of the public shunning his films, so really, what exactly is Hollywood saving their money for? The Lone Ranger?

Hollywood is ALWAYS a gamble, no matter what. There are no guaranteed successes or failures. They're all waiting by the phone/computer for those numbers with every debut, no matter the genre or star. Gibson has a better track record than most and box office to back it up, both as an actor and a director.

My point is that there is no evidence to support that general audiences don't want to see Gibson doing what Gibson does (i.e. acting or directing). Hollywood has simply assumed they won't because of some dirty laundry hung out by tabloids.

People are certainly allowed to feel offended by what was allegedly said by Gibson. That's their prerogative to be judgmental based on tabloid reports. I see a bigger picture and don't presume to have all the facts. However, based on his career, I do know for a fact that Gibson is a talented guy and I'd like to see more of that on display than some drunken phone calls that a private investigator dug up.

I suggest Hollywood get their heads out of their own judgmental asses. I think Robert Downey Jr. is a prime example of this. Ten years ago nobody would've predicted he'd be taking in a $50 million payday for a major comic book franchise. His talent was always there, but his personal life was in disarray. Now, the guy is on top and Hollywood has all their chips on him. You think Gibson couldn't do the same?

As for actors growing on trees? Sure, totally true. But, actors of Mel's caliber? I think not. Gibson is not a dime a dozen and I think he's earned that many times over.

3:59PM on 08/20/2013
I'm not really disagreeing with many of your points, but just pointing out the calculus of risk. As much as I like reading your articles, the entire premise often hints at why things are the way they are. Hollywood is always a gamble - I totally agree. To the extent that it is, the more money is put into being risk averse.

What are movie-goers saving their money for? Clearly it wasn't the Lone Ranger, and many of the other blockbuster films this year. And you can be rest assured that the
I'm not really disagreeing with many of your points, but just pointing out the calculus of risk. As much as I like reading your articles, the entire premise often hints at why things are the way they are. Hollywood is always a gamble - I totally agree. To the extent that it is, the more money is put into being risk averse.

What are movie-goers saving their money for? Clearly it wasn't the Lone Ranger, and many of the other blockbuster films this year. And you can be rest assured that the ivy-league analysts will be using SAP and other BI software to try and tabulate a formula that will solve for this recent fickle attitude. That's the problem - everything is a formula. That's why we see people attached to projects so early, and the story is often the most expendable (pun intended) aspect of the project.

That said, Mel's case speaks directly to the nature of studios. This is big money; entire careers can be won or lost on these projects. Mel's downfall wasn't unique, but the nature of it was a little "aggravated." His marriage fell apart, he had multiple DUI issues, including his anti-semitic tirade, and then these recorded phone conversations. I'm not pointing these out to say how bad each one was, but cumulatively show a specific problem. Combined with a real lack of repentance, there is an aggressive, unpleasantness to his problems. That's different than being an addict, or simply letting loose with some F-bombs.

Again - I'm not pointing this out to say this is any better or worse - but because that aggressive nature shuts him out to most female movie goers. That's a big, big red flag. That means no to directing - unless he self-finances and distributes. That means no to thrillers, dramas, broad comedy and rom-coms. What does that leave? Mid-budget action, sci-fi and horror.

Without insider knowledge, I think a lot of what has happened since is as much up to Mel as it is an unsympathetic public. American audiences want to see repentance and humility, as much as we want to see Schadenfreude. Mel has been largely unapologetic, sometimes getting pretty angry when asked about these issues. I can understand that - I wouldn't want to talk about that stuff either. The problem is that he's going to be forgiven much more slowly without that.

I'm not pointing out my preference or I support the way things are - just underscoring that with the amount of money involved, this is much less about Hollywood being capricious or biased, and much more about the psychology of transgression and forgiveness.

For what it's worth, I think he's a very talented actor and director. I think Woody Allen and Polanski have done things worse by orders of magnitude.

I just think it's unrealistic to expect Hollywood to gamble money on a major release until they see some hint of success. The Expendables 3 might do that. It's only been 3 years since those tapes were released, which were the "last straw" in a series of public embarrassments for him. Just because he hasn't been brought back into the fold yet, doesn't mean it won't happen.
7:25PM on 08/20/2013
It seems we are mostly on the same sheet of music smoove. Agree to mostly agree ;)
It seems we are mostly on the same sheet of music smoove. Agree to mostly agree ;)
12:11PM on 08/20/2013
Unlike other celebritites, Mel's fall has, I think, more to do with that it seemed to begin suddenly, and later in his career. Sean Penn and Alec Baldwin have both dealt with disgrace, but instead of ruining their careers, they have simply become sore notes in their history and/or personality (personally, I expect Baldwin to occasionally embarrass himself every couple of years, it's just one of those things). Technology has changed the game a bit. And Gibson was a much bigger star, even if his
Unlike other celebritites, Mel's fall has, I think, more to do with that it seemed to begin suddenly, and later in his career. Sean Penn and Alec Baldwin have both dealt with disgrace, but instead of ruining their careers, they have simply become sore notes in their history and/or personality (personally, I expect Baldwin to occasionally embarrass himself every couple of years, it's just one of those things). Technology has changed the game a bit. And Gibson was a much bigger star, even if his height was during the '90s. What happened with him (that we know about) is unfortunately still very accessible. I only write this by way of trying to make sense of the continuing grudge held against him.

As to his career. I do hope he can return to making movies that aren't necessarily over-the-top action films. Or at least make some of a higher caliber. No offense to Machete and Expendables, but they are largely excuses for stunt-casting, even if they are competently made. He's a terrific director, and I think he could keep out of the public eye better by doing more of that. Hell, if he just released another Get the Gringo-style movie for the fans, I for one would appreciate it, just to know he's still doing the acting thing, even if his exposure is down.
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12:02PM on 08/20/2013

Mel Gibson Directing a viking Epic

How could that not be great. I think that's what we all want to see next.

Oh and Robert Downey Jr is a class act.
How could that not be great. I think that's what we all want to see next.

Oh and Robert Downey Jr is a class act.
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12:00PM on 08/20/2013
He had a rant about how jews cause all of the wars... you get Chris ROck to stay that on stage and it isnt a controversy, it's a stand up routine! And then the second bout was: his "Wife" was trying to extort im, he realizzed she married him not for love but for the sake of furthering her own career... he was hurt and pissed and unleashed a verbal fury on her.... who cares! Gibson still kicks ass in everything.. and as for the Hangover shit... let them make movies with convicted men who rape
He had a rant about how jews cause all of the wars... you get Chris ROck to stay that on stage and it isnt a controversy, it's a stand up routine! And then the second bout was: his "Wife" was trying to extort im, he realizzed she married him not for love but for the sake of furthering her own career... he was hurt and pissed and unleashed a verbal fury on her.... who cares! Gibson still kicks ass in everything.. and as for the Hangover shit... let them make movies with convicted men who rape women, but not a guy who leaves a nasty voice mail!
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12:04PM on 08/20/2013
I always thought Mike Tyson was innocent myself. I don't care what a jury of his peers says.
I always thought Mike Tyson was innocent myself. I don't care what a jury of his peers says.
1:05PM on 08/20/2013
Just an FYI, it was Gibson's girlfriend who tried to extort him and whom he verbally abused. His ex-wife of 29 years came to his defense and said that he had never raised a hand to her in all their years of marriage.
Just an FYI, it was Gibson's girlfriend who tried to extort him and whom he verbally abused. His ex-wife of 29 years came to his defense and said that he had never raised a hand to her in all their years of marriage.
11:48AM on 08/20/2013

Hollywood will forgive Alec Baldwin because he's a liberal.

Mel Gibson hasn't been forgiven because he doesn't play that game. Plain and simple. Alec Baldwin lampooned conservatives on a weekly basis, and they loved it. Gibson's body of work speaks for itself, separated completely from his alcoholism and recorded rants with his spouse. It's sad that an article will never be written about the guy without referring to him as a "trouble star" or his "checkered past."
Mel Gibson hasn't been forgiven because he doesn't play that game. Plain and simple. Alec Baldwin lampooned conservatives on a weekly basis, and they loved it. Gibson's body of work speaks for itself, separated completely from his alcoholism and recorded rants with his spouse. It's sad that an article will never be written about the guy without referring to him as a "trouble star" or his "checkered past."
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11:53AM on 08/20/2013
It's not just that he's not a liberal, but the hatred toward him is compounded by his success with Passion of the Christ. If he hadn't made that movie, he probably wouldn't have taken such heat.
It's not just that he's not a liberal, but the hatred toward him is compounded by his success with Passion of the Christ. If he hadn't made that movie, he probably wouldn't have taken such heat.
12:15PM on 08/20/2013
I don't know about now, but I think back when The Passion was released, he might have been a little bit surprised by how he suddenly was some sort of conservative in Hollywood. Not that he's a blue-blooded liberal, but at least back then, I don't think he saw himself as a conservative, even to the extent some "centrist" like Bruce Willis did.
I don't know about now, but I think back when The Passion was released, he might have been a little bit surprised by how he suddenly was some sort of conservative in Hollywood. Not that he's a blue-blooded liberal, but at least back then, I don't think he saw himself as a conservative, even to the extent some "centrist" like Bruce Willis did.
11:40AM on 08/20/2013

forgive and move on

The sanctimonious indignation directed toward Mel is just sourced back to narrow minded idiots who have too much time to complain about small potatoes. He was never worth your time. If you love quality movies, then pushing Mel out of Hollywood is just shooting yourself in the foot.
The sanctimonious indignation directed toward Mel is just sourced back to narrow minded idiots who have too much time to complain about small potatoes. He was never worth your time. If you love quality movies, then pushing Mel out of Hollywood is just shooting yourself in the foot.
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12:37PM on 08/20/2013
You can call the ticket buyers of North America narrow minded idiots - but I'm wondering how effective you think that would be in getting them to change their opinions on the subject? I like Mel's work, but just because you aren't offended by what he did, doesn't de-legitimize other people's reactions. If they aren't going to buy tickets, then what's the point of Hollywood throwing a bunch of money at a picture for him. He's a financial risk, plain and simple. Sure, he can do these action
You can call the ticket buyers of North America narrow minded idiots - but I'm wondering how effective you think that would be in getting them to change their opinions on the subject? I like Mel's work, but just because you aren't offended by what he did, doesn't de-legitimize other people's reactions. If they aren't going to buy tickets, then what's the point of Hollywood throwing a bunch of money at a picture for him. He's a financial risk, plain and simple. Sure, he can do these action movies here and there, but if you look at his ambitious career and impressive, diverse body of work, how many of those do you think he's going to feel satisfied doing.

Or do you just want to call up and bitch out a studio head because he won't go along with you and risk scores of millions of dollars of his own studio's money to put Mel in a mainstream lead or give him a director's credit.

Look - I would like to see him back at work, but these types of impassioned arguments are kind of naive to the bigger pressures in Hollywood. He could be spit-roasting babies in his backyard, and Tinseltown wouldn't care if ticket buyers didn't have a problem. They can't make the audience like him - the audience has to come around first. And how many PR firms do you think would recommend taking your attitude as a pedestal to accomplish that?
12:56PM on 08/20/2013
Why you laboring on about Mel not being as bankable in response to what I said? I'm just talking about forgiving the man, not that he should have studios throw money at him, just that people should get off his back.
Why you laboring on about Mel not being as bankable in response to what I said? I'm just talking about forgiving the man, not that he should have studios throw money at him, just that people should get off his back.
4:00PM on 08/20/2013
Because at this point in the game - nobody is calling for the public stoning of Mel Gibson. People largely have moved on. Are there some massive anti-Gibson demonstrations going on this summer that I missed?
Because at this point in the game - nobody is calling for the public stoning of Mel Gibson. People largely have moved on. Are there some massive anti-Gibson demonstrations going on this summer that I missed?
4:44PM on 08/20/2013
I think were on the same page. I agree, no one's calling for his head. Most have moved on, and those that haven't, fuck 'em. There's no good reason why Gibson can't rise to his former glory. He doesn't need 100 million dollar projects to do that. He just needs people to work with him or get out of his way.
I think were on the same page. I agree, no one's calling for his head. Most have moved on, and those that haven't, fuck 'em. There's no good reason why Gibson can't rise to his former glory. He doesn't need 100 million dollar projects to do that. He just needs people to work with him or get out of his way.
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11:37AM on 08/20/2013
It's great to see Mel Gibson in The Expendables 3. He was great in Get The Gringo. Personally I would love to see him in a noir detective thriller like Payback once more.
It's great to see Mel Gibson in The Expendables 3. He was great in Get The Gringo. Personally I would love to see him in a noir detective thriller like Payback once more.
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11:31AM on 08/20/2013

celebs not as role models

That's great if you're actually trying to be a good parent, but there's a whole lot of kids out there who naturally look to celebrities and athletes because they don't have anyone in their lives worth looking up to. If you want to be the center of public attention, and make $20 million for a few weeks work, then there's some expectations that come with that, fair or not.
That's great if you're actually trying to be a good parent, but there's a whole lot of kids out there who naturally look to celebrities and athletes because they don't have anyone in their lives worth looking up to. If you want to be the center of public attention, and make $20 million for a few weeks work, then there's some expectations that come with that, fair or not.
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11:20AM on 08/20/2013
I know I cracked a joke in the other strikeback in regards to his new muscle, but I'm not against Gibson trying to make a comeback, but really? I don't see Machete Kills or Expendables 3 redeeming his image. Would Gibson have touched these films with a ten foot pole before? While his antics in the news severely hurt his celebrity, I still think he's incredibly talented and he should work to get behind the camera again, maybe act under his own direction again, but c'mon, to me, doing villain
I know I cracked a joke in the other strikeback in regards to his new muscle, but I'm not against Gibson trying to make a comeback, but really? I don't see Machete Kills or Expendables 3 redeeming his image. Would Gibson have touched these films with a ten foot pole before? While his antics in the news severely hurt his celebrity, I still think he's incredibly talented and he should work to get behind the camera again, maybe act under his own direction again, but c'mon, to me, doing villain roles is a bad idea....
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1:03PM on 08/20/2013
I think he's a versatile actor and that means playing a bad guy sometimes (better than Denzil doing it the same way he plays EVERY role and then getting an Oscar for it). Gibson has been talking about not acting anymore and if these are roles he can have fun with so he can get his passion going again then I'm all for it!
I think he's a versatile actor and that means playing a bad guy sometimes (better than Denzil doing it the same way he plays EVERY role and then getting an Oscar for it). Gibson has been talking about not acting anymore and if these are roles he can have fun with so he can get his passion going again then I'm all for it!
12:25AM on 08/21/2013
Baby steps. If MACHETE KILLS and EXPENDABLES 3 do well then he'll have a better chance of getting stronger roles. I wouldn't be surprised, if those movies do well, that RDJ pulls a string or two and gets him in an IRON MAN or AVENGERS movie - certainly Mel did the same thing for him when RDJ was a lost cause in Hollywood.
Baby steps. If MACHETE KILLS and EXPENDABLES 3 do well then he'll have a better chance of getting stronger roles. I wouldn't be surprised, if those movies do well, that RDJ pulls a string or two and gets him in an IRON MAN or AVENGERS movie - certainly Mel did the same thing for him when RDJ was a lost cause in Hollywood.
11:16AM on 08/20/2013
It's true that Mel Gibson has been troubled, had his share of outbursts and said some horrible things - but hey, so has Alec Baldwin and that guy managed to resurrect his career. It will be cool to see Gibson back behind the camera, perhaps helming of a slightly smaller scale than Braveheart, Passion of the Christ and Apocalpyto and I think he certainly can make a comeback and that Machete Kills and The Expendables 3 will go a good way to having the public want to see him in more films.
It's true that Mel Gibson has been troubled, had his share of outbursts and said some horrible things - but hey, so has Alec Baldwin and that guy managed to resurrect his career. It will be cool to see Gibson back behind the camera, perhaps helming of a slightly smaller scale than Braveheart, Passion of the Christ and Apocalpyto and I think he certainly can make a comeback and that Machete Kills and The Expendables 3 will go a good way to having the public want to see him in more films.
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11:11AM on 08/20/2013
I've been a fan of Mel for years. He's my favorite working actor today. We all have done something bad we are not proud of. Mel didn't murder anyone, rape anyone, etc. so what happened in his personal life didn't affect the way I enjoy his immense talent. He's a brilliant actor that puts everything he's got into a performance and I hope he has many more years of film left.
I've been a fan of Mel for years. He's my favorite working actor today. We all have done something bad we are not proud of. Mel didn't murder anyone, rape anyone, etc. so what happened in his personal life didn't affect the way I enjoy his immense talent. He's a brilliant actor that puts everything he's got into a performance and I hope he has many more years of film left.
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11:01AM on 08/20/2013

Agree

If Roman Polankski, Chris Brown, and the many hissy fits of Alec Baldwin can be forgiven, why not Mel? What he said was rotten but we've all said terrible things. Hell, more comedians say worse things.
If Roman Polankski, Chris Brown, and the many hissy fits of Alec Baldwin can be forgiven, why not Mel? What he said was rotten but we've all said terrible things. Hell, more comedians say worse things.
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11:17AM on 08/20/2013
Alec Baldwin is the crucial name here. While Hollywood has forgiven Polanski, the State of California, not so much. Chris Brown is still best known for his work on Rihanna, even if his fans don't care. Baldwin just reinvents himself as a comedian and suddenly it's alright (there was even a 30 Rock that poked fun at Mel Gibson, one of the worst gags I've seen on a generally pretty funny show).
Alec Baldwin is the crucial name here. While Hollywood has forgiven Polanski, the State of California, not so much. Chris Brown is still best known for his work on Rihanna, even if his fans don't care. Baldwin just reinvents himself as a comedian and suddenly it's alright (there was even a 30 Rock that poked fun at Mel Gibson, one of the worst gags I've seen on a generally pretty funny show).
12:39PM on 08/20/2013
As usual, I agree with Hoyle. Baldwin also has down a lot of stage, television and radio work. He also has gone out of his way to accept blame openly and make fun of himself. Mel seems pretty indignant when he references it at all. I don't think he wants to really have to apologize - and that's his right. It's also the ticket-buying crowd's right not to forgive him; even if hard-core movie fans are there with open arms. Hard core movie fans don't buy enough tickets to justify much.
As usual, I agree with Hoyle. Baldwin also has down a lot of stage, television and radio work. He also has gone out of his way to accept blame openly and make fun of himself. Mel seems pretty indignant when he references it at all. I don't think he wants to really have to apologize - and that's his right. It's also the ticket-buying crowd's right not to forgive him; even if hard-core movie fans are there with open arms. Hard core movie fans don't buy enough tickets to justify much.
11:01AM on 08/20/2013
Would love to see him and Downey Jr do another film together.
Would love to see him and Downey Jr do another film together.
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10:58AM on 08/20/2013
I can excuse Bird on a Wire - that's how much I like Mel! I'm still convinced that Apocalypto was robbed of a bunch of Oscar nominations purely because of his drunken antics being made public, which is a damn shame because it's one of the most beautifully shot action films ever. I really wish he had taken the lead in Mad Max IV as planned, but maybe he doesn't want that kind of stardom anymore? Anyway, I would love to see him come back and direct the Viking movie.
I can excuse Bird on a Wire - that's how much I like Mel! I'm still convinced that Apocalypto was robbed of a bunch of Oscar nominations purely because of his drunken antics being made public, which is a damn shame because it's one of the most beautifully shot action films ever. I really wish he had taken the lead in Mad Max IV as planned, but maybe he doesn't want that kind of stardom anymore? Anyway, I would love to see him come back and direct the Viking movie.
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10:49AM on 08/20/2013

Well said ...

If Hollywood can forgive Roman Polanski for anally raping a young girl, I think they can forgive Mel.
As the article states many of our beloved celebrities have a dark side I'm sure. If you found out that Deniro was a prick who did awful things would we blacklist him? Would we never watch Raging Bull or Goodfella's ever again? The ultimate issue is that we as a society put our faith in false idols. We put all our faith in humanity into celebrities. We put them on a pedestal and we feel
If Hollywood can forgive Roman Polanski for anally raping a young girl, I think they can forgive Mel.
As the article states many of our beloved celebrities have a dark side I'm sure. If you found out that Deniro was a prick who did awful things would we blacklist him? Would we never watch Raging Bull or Goodfella's ever again? The ultimate issue is that we as a society put our faith in false idols. We put all our faith in humanity into celebrities. We put them on a pedestal and we feel they owe us something because we think we put them there. Our kids grow up idolizing athletes who have drug problems, and father illegitimate children left and right. Mel didn't kill anybody, he didn't rape anybody, and he hasn't kicked a puppy. So lets just let it go, let him do what he does and not concern ourselves with the quality of human being he is. Just teach your kids right from wrong and enjoy entertainers for what they are entertainers not role models.
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5:28PM on 08/20/2013
Hollywood has forgiven ppl for worse things, then what Mel has ever done..

murders, rapists, and more..

Mel simply hit a low point in his life, wanted to commit suicide, lashed out with anti semi comments.. its beyond me why he has to suffer for such minimal mistakes in comparison to others.
Hollywood has forgiven ppl for worse things, then what Mel has ever done..

murders, rapists, and more..

Mel simply hit a low point in his life, wanted to commit suicide, lashed out with anti semi comments.. its beyond me why he has to suffer for such minimal mistakes in comparison to others.
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10:46AM on 08/20/2013
Mel has always been a fantasic actor, to me at least. You have to also remember that Mel was a super-super star, in the same vain as Arnold, Stallone, Jim Carry, Tom Cruiz etc. Theres a certian mythos these actors retain through out their career that once they past a certain stardom its near impossible to fall from that. Yes, he hasnt really started in many blockbuster films for maybe a decade do to all the bullshit with his personal life but people forget, people forgive, people dont care once
Mel has always been a fantasic actor, to me at least. You have to also remember that Mel was a super-super star, in the same vain as Arnold, Stallone, Jim Carry, Tom Cruiz etc. Theres a certian mythos these actors retain through out their career that once they past a certain stardom its near impossible to fall from that. Yes, he hasnt really started in many blockbuster films for maybe a decade do to all the bullshit with his personal life but people forget, people forgive, people dont care once time has pasted. The inevitable return of Mel will happen, he's to big of a star to fade into the darkness. Its Mad Max for christ sake! Of course he'll be back and awesome as ever!
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11:12AM on 08/20/2013
His icon status is probably cemented, but between alienating certain members of his fan-base, and just aging out, he's not likely to regain the same kind of popularity that he had. While there's give or take a decade between them, look at how Arnold fared with his grand return to movies.
His icon status is probably cemented, but between alienating certain members of his fan-base, and just aging out, he's not likely to regain the same kind of popularity that he had. While there's give or take a decade between them, look at how Arnold fared with his grand return to movies.
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10:45AM on 08/20/2013
Get the Gringo is old school Mel at his best. It's usually on Netflix, I highly recommend. It's a shame no one has really seen it, if it had been released 10 years ago, it would have been a huge box office hit.
Get the Gringo is old school Mel at his best. It's usually on Netflix, I highly recommend. It's a shame no one has really seen it, if it had been released 10 years ago, it would have been a huge box office hit.
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10:39AM on 08/20/2013
Get the Gringo showed that Mel Gibson might be older but he's still 'got it' and has the same charm that he did in the Lethal Weapon movies. I wish Bruce Willis was the same.
Get the Gringo showed that Mel Gibson might be older but he's still 'got it' and has the same charm that he did in the Lethal Weapon movies. I wish Bruce Willis was the same.
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