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Mel Gibson speaks, talks about plans for his career and his next film

Apr. 22, 2011by: Mike Sampson

For the first time since the spousal abuse allegations and the racist audio tapes that subsequently appeared online, Mel Gibson spoke to a journalist in a lengthy, open and honest interview. I'll leave a lot of the tabloid fodder for you to read on your own (he doesn't shy away from any questions), but let's instead focus on the movie-related questions.

Asked if he feels that his repeated controversies could hurt his acting career, Gibson says, "I dont care if I dont act anymore." When asked if he's serious about that he adds, "It really is true."

But it seems we probably won't get to that point. He's already got HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION coming up later this year and reveals he's in talks to star in the next film from writer/director Randall Wallace, with whom Gibson collaborated on for BRAVEHEART.

Im going to go work for Randy Wallace again. Hes got this script and hes had it for years. He wrote some book and hes adapted it to a script. And its almost like Alexander Dumas like that swashbuckler kind of stuff....Its total bodice-ripping swashbuckling stuff, but its funny. Its funny and yet its got really good serious undertones too. Randy writes a decent script. And I responded to it right away. I thought this is hilarious. Ive got to do this. And Im not the main guy in the film -- which is great.

Gibson is most likely talking about "Love and Honor," the 2007 novel written by Wallace. The film takes place during the Revolutionary War and follows a young colonial soldier sent by Benjamin Franklin to Russia in the hopes of convincing Catherine the Great to deny the British request for Russian troops. He's aided on his journey by a disgraced Russian nobleman, which is likely the role Gibson would play.

Before deciding whether or not you care about THE BEAVER or any of Gibson's future projects, read the interview with the actor/director at Deadline and see if you're ready to forgive the man (or at least allow yourself to enjoy his career).

Source: Deadline

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3:04PM on 04/25/2011
i love mel gibson and always will...he can do whatever he wants in a his private life...
i love mel gibson and always will...he can do whatever he wants in a his private life...
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11:00PM on 04/23/2011
Why do I need to forgive him? He didn't yell at me. I'm there opening weekend for The Beaver.
Why do I need to forgive him? He didn't yell at me. I'm there opening weekend for The Beaver.
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9:31PM on 04/23/2011

Mr. Gibson

Mel Gibson for president!
Mel Gibson for president!
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9:21PM on 04/23/2011
This whole scandal has been ridiculous from the start. First off, the general public has no right to invade someones personal life, even if theyre celebrities. Sure, the tabloids may make big bucks from doing so, but that doesnt make it right. Second, hes only human, and no less flawed than any of us. We all have problems at one time or another, and I doubt wed want to have them broadcast over the internet. Finally: Rashomon. You cant pass judgement on someone without knowing the
This whole scandal has been ridiculous from the start. First off, the general public has no right to invade someones personal life, even if theyre celebrities. Sure, the tabloids may make big bucks from doing so, but that doesnt make it right. Second, hes only human, and no less flawed than any of us. We all have problems at one time or another, and I doubt wed want to have them broadcast over the internet. Finally: Rashomon. You cant pass judgement on someone without knowing the full story, and a recorded phone call doesnt show anything more than one side. Now, Im not saying that the guy doesnt have issues, but for fucks sake, let him work them out on his own.
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8:36AM on 04/23/2011

Viking-film

Would really want to see that Viking movie he had planned before. A movie similar to "Apocalypto", realistic, gritty and with a powerful story. Or even better a combination of that film and Breaveheart.
Would really want to see that Viking movie he had planned before. A movie similar to "Apocalypto", realistic, gritty and with a powerful story. Or even better a combination of that film and Breaveheart.
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7:22AM on 04/23/2011

Whatever...

I'll give the cat props for being open with what has happened, but I really don't want to know his personal life, or any actor or actress's for that matter. The more about an actor's personal life I know the more it takes me out of their past or future performances. I have to literally not watch a movie with an actor for a while just so I can remember the work and not the person. Does this make sense?
I'll give the cat props for being open with what has happened, but I really don't want to know his personal life, or any actor or actress's for that matter. The more about an actor's personal life I know the more it takes me out of their past or future performances. I have to literally not watch a movie with an actor for a while just so I can remember the work and not the person. Does this make sense?
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1:09AM on 04/23/2011

good for mel

people are fucking retarded mules for hating on anyone they don't know (i.e. Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise, etc.) for things they've chose to do or have reportedly chose to do in their PERSONAL life. We know them, love them--or hate them, based on their work--which is acting/directing/etc. not based on their personal life... these people need to go buy a few more issues of People magazine to drool over, and then just completely FUCK THEMSELVES IN THE FACE.

enough already. Who gives a
people are fucking retarded mules for hating on anyone they don't know (i.e. Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise, etc.) for things they've chose to do or have reportedly chose to do in their PERSONAL life. We know them, love them--or hate them, based on their work--which is acting/directing/etc. not based on their personal life... these people need to go buy a few more issues of People magazine to drool over, and then just completely FUCK THEMSELVES IN THE FACE.

enough already. Who gives a shit?

Looking forward to more Mel, Edge of Darkness was surprisingly badass, Beaver looks like it COULD be a pretty good dramady as well.
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9:53AM on 04/24/2011
It's fucking "retarded" for someone like Gibson to hate an entire race for no reason... an opinion can be based on someone just being a dick too. Just because he may be a talented dick shouldn't buy him this much cred.
It's fucking "retarded" for someone like Gibson to hate an entire race for no reason... an opinion can be based on someone just being a dick too. Just because he may be a talented dick shouldn't buy him this much cred.
7:09PM on 04/22/2011

When did we all become a bunch of judgemental pussies?

Whats it our business what goes on behind closed doors of his home? He has his opinions on things, he has fucking manic disorder but you except the guy to be a saint or something. Of course he is going to say crazy shit! Although they may be extreme he has his opinions, we have ours. A lot of people say fucked up racist shit sometimes but are too chicken shit to admit it. I'm surprised that people can be this retarded too, him and his girlfriend have a 2 hour conversation, gets him riled up and
Whats it our business what goes on behind closed doors of his home? He has his opinions on things, he has fucking manic disorder but you except the guy to be a saint or something. Of course he is going to say crazy shit! Although they may be extreme he has his opinions, we have ours. A lot of people say fucked up racist shit sometimes but are too chicken shit to admit it. I'm surprised that people can be this retarded too, him and his girlfriend have a 2 hour conversation, gets him riled up and hits record. Yes, that sounds fair. FUcking idiots.
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10:04AM on 04/24/2011
He was the dick that made "The Passion" and he is a racist, mysogonist prick. Not giving Catholics a great name, ya know.
He was the dick that made "The Passion" and he is a racist, mysogonist prick. Not giving Catholics a great name, ya know.
6:23PM on 04/22/2011

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I don't agree with Mel Gibson's actions, but people need to get off their moral high horse with this situation. The man seems genuine in this interview and his personal life shouldn't affect one's enjoyment of his films. But, beyond that; People do and say stupid shit under stressful circumstances. We don't know the real story behind his crazed voice messages and it's none of our business. The fact that people think they're so much better than Gibson is ridiculous. I say the word "fag," I'm not
I don't agree with Mel Gibson's actions, but people need to get off their moral high horse with this situation. The man seems genuine in this interview and his personal life shouldn't affect one's enjoyment of his films. But, beyond that; People do and say stupid shit under stressful circumstances. We don't know the real story behind his crazed voice messages and it's none of our business. The fact that people think they're so much better than Gibson is ridiculous. I say the word "fag," I'm not homophobic. I use the word "nigger," I'm not racist. People say things when they're under pressure or when they're angry. People act like they've never committed a moral transgression or said a bad word and they judge people based off the loose information they hear. These are the same people that say Woody Allen married his stepdaughter...He didn't. You people should think about it like this; If you yell at your spouse at home, should your employer fire you?

I understand why people hate on Roman Polanski (I still watch his films), but this Mel Gibson hate is ridiculous and misguided.
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5:58PM on 04/22/2011
I hope his "plans for his career" involve not making any more racist slurs or anti-Semitic rants.
I hope his "plans for his career" involve not making any more racist slurs or anti-Semitic rants.
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5:39PM on 04/22/2011
I'd be more willing to forgive him if he were doing something to correct the situation, but he's not shown that he is sorry about anything. He clearly has several issues that he needs help with. Whether he is good at his job or not doesn't dismiss the fact that he is a major Hollywood star, one that many many people pay attention to, one who should be a fine example of a leading man in Hollywood. He doesn't have the luxury of doing what he's done and burying it. And then here he is talking
I'd be more willing to forgive him if he were doing something to correct the situation, but he's not shown that he is sorry about anything. He clearly has several issues that he needs help with. Whether he is good at his job or not doesn't dismiss the fact that he is a major Hollywood star, one that many many people pay attention to, one who should be a fine example of a leading man in Hollywood. He doesn't have the luxury of doing what he's done and burying it. And then here he is talking about how he doesn't even care about acting anymore. He sounds like he's being fairly arrogant of all of this. I've certainly liked Mel's movies and even enjoyed Heart of Darkness (which I saw before all of this ugliness). But, I'm sorry, I can't just say "oh, he's a great talent and everyone makes mistakes, so I'll forgive him". His behavior has been way out of line and it needs to be corrected.
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5:40PM on 04/22/2011
Oh, but I forgot to mention, I did like the interview. I will give Mel pops for being so open and answering the questions, that was a very good thing of him to do.
Oh, but I forgot to mention, I did like the interview. I will give Mel pops for being so open and answering the questions, that was a very good thing of him to do.
10:08AM on 04/24/2011
It's funny, you have the most rational, well thought out respose that just happens to be contrary to what the theme of comments are and you get all the hate. Damn you for being to explain your position!!!
It's funny, you have the most rational, well thought out respose that just happens to be contrary to what the theme of comments are and you get all the hate. Damn you for being to explain your position!!!
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4:55PM on 04/22/2011
Love Mel, love his work and enjoyed that interview. You survived quite the ugly ordeal Mel...kudos!
Love Mel, love his work and enjoyed that interview. You survived quite the ugly ordeal Mel...kudos!
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4:46PM on 04/22/2011
That wasa great interview. Mel really opens up and explains his side and you cant help but agree with him. Ive always thought that it is no ones business who a celebrity is married to or dating or fucking. Its their life let them live it without being followed by paparazzi.
That wasa great interview. Mel really opens up and explains his side and you cant help but agree with him. Ive always thought that it is no ones business who a celebrity is married to or dating or fucking. Its their life let them live it without being followed by paparazzi.
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4:11PM on 04/22/2011

Mel is great...

I'll always watch his movies because I love his work. Period.
I'll always watch his movies because I love his work. Period.
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3:12PM on 04/22/2011

NO WAY

I'm not going to give any of my money to a HOMOPHOBE!! No matter how good an actor he is...
I'm not going to give any of my money to a HOMOPHOBE!! No matter how good an actor he is...
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2:32PM on 04/22/2011
I'm not gonna read the full interview. I once listened to a mash-up of that phone conversation and regretted it. When an actor does what he did, it's reasonable to expect some fallout from it. But Mel was never a saint. True, he used to be better at hiding it or kidding himself, but he's a deeply damaged person. He's still a good actor and director, but he has problems that are only worse because he's a celebrity. But he's been a part of so many great movies that I personally refuse to let that
I'm not gonna read the full interview. I once listened to a mash-up of that phone conversation and regretted it. When an actor does what he did, it's reasonable to expect some fallout from it. But Mel was never a saint. True, he used to be better at hiding it or kidding himself, but he's a deeply damaged person. He's still a good actor and director, but he has problems that are only worse because he's a celebrity. But he's been a part of so many great movies that I personally refuse to let that be diminished by what he may be like in real life. By that same token, if someone doesn't want to work with him, that's also OK. I like Joel_Kirk's comparison with Polanski, who is arguably my favorite director, but I wouldn't sign a petition to release him if he ever got arrested again for what he did. I find the double-standard of Hollywood disgusting. But there is real life, and there is movie life. And there are actors from way back who said some very bad things and weren't castrated for it, because back then such sentiments might have been commonplace. It won't keep me from watching their movies if the movies are good.
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2:26PM on 04/22/2011
Wasn't Mel attached to direct a viking movie at some point? I like Mel the actor, but love him as a director. The man has his issues, we all do, but as long as he learns from them and moves on, that is all anyone can ask.
Wasn't Mel attached to direct a viking movie at some point? I like Mel the actor, but love him as a director. The man has his issues, we all do, but as long as he learns from them and moves on, that is all anyone can ask.
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2:48PM on 04/22/2011
Yeah. I think the viking movie was going to be produced and star Leo Dicaprio, but he eventually dropped out I think or Mel left the project.
Yeah. I think the viking movie was going to be produced and star Leo Dicaprio, but he eventually dropped out I think or Mel left the project.
2:26PM on 04/22/2011
My Uncle Bob's racist/misogynistic rants aren't quite as bad as Gibson's. But my Uncle Bob can't act or direct for shit.
My Uncle Bob's racist/misogynistic rants aren't quite as bad as Gibson's. But my Uncle Bob can't act or direct for shit.
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2:03PM on 04/22/2011
As an African-American, I don't condone his usage of the 'n' word...but, I do separate the film from the person.

I still like Mad Max and Mad Max 2.

Similar to Roman Polanski, and Woody Allen...(If they have projects that interest me, I watch them. What they do in their personal life is their business.
As an African-American, I don't condone his usage of the 'n' word...but, I do separate the film from the person.

I still like Mad Max and Mad Max 2.

Similar to Roman Polanski, and Woody Allen...(If they have projects that interest me, I watch them. What they do in their personal life is their business.
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4:10PM on 04/22/2011
Agree completely.
Agree completely.
1:53PM on 04/22/2011
Mel's probably my all time favorite actor and he's also a hell of a director. Im looking forward to this RW project and hope that Mel can move on without anymore drama in his life.
Mel's probably my all time favorite actor and he's also a hell of a director. Im looking forward to this RW project and hope that Mel can move on without anymore drama in his life.
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1:24PM on 04/22/2011
I'm finding it hard to decide how I really feel about Mel these days. He's one of those actors that I really want to like. I've grown up, eagerly awaiting each film he makes. I'd even consider myself somewhat of a Mel Gibson fan boy. Then he says and does things which makes me feel like I really don't know this person at all. Suddenly the guy who I've rooted for and laughed with is telling me he has all this hate for me and my family. How can I just dismiss that? Maybe some people can
I'm finding it hard to decide how I really feel about Mel these days. He's one of those actors that I really want to like. I've grown up, eagerly awaiting each film he makes. I'd even consider myself somewhat of a Mel Gibson fan boy. Then he says and does things which makes me feel like I really don't know this person at all. Suddenly the guy who I've rooted for and laughed with is telling me he has all this hate for me and my family. How can I just dismiss that? Maybe some people can separate the man from the role he plays, but I guess Im not that enlightened. His words and actions felt personal to me. It felt like I was conned into liking someone who secretly hated me, but needed me for his career. With that said, Im not looking for an apology. What good would it do? It wouldnt mean he suddenly feels any differently. So here I remain. I want to like him, and I want to watch his films, but his words and actions are a dagger in my back that I feel whenever I try to separate the actor from the man, and I dont know if its something that can be undone.
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1:09PM on 04/22/2011
Everybody has their demons and how they deal with them. The tabloids exploited him instead of offering him a helping hand. I'll offer that hand and welcome Mel back anytime.
Everybody has their demons and how they deal with them. The tabloids exploited him instead of offering him a helping hand. I'll offer that hand and welcome Mel back anytime.
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12:55PM on 04/22/2011
As an African American, Mel Gibson has never offended me. He said the word "nigger" in a heated and extremely emotionally compromised situation. I don't condone his actions in any way. But I understand them somewhat. I hate people who are so quick to deploy hatred for Mel (Joy Behar). I highly doubt Mel Gibson has it out for minorities. Instead of condemning, we should try and understand or put ourselves in his position. I know I've said some things I regret to women who put a knife in my
As an African American, Mel Gibson has never offended me. He said the word "nigger" in a heated and extremely emotionally compromised situation. I don't condone his actions in any way. But I understand them somewhat. I hate people who are so quick to deploy hatred for Mel (Joy Behar). I highly doubt Mel Gibson has it out for minorities. Instead of condemning, we should try and understand or put ourselves in his position. I know I've said some things I regret to women who put a knife in my heart. Relationships are capable of destroying us on the inside. I also appreciate his honesty in that interview. No bullshit. No gimmicks. It's "I've fucked up but I've moved on." I'm ok with that.
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12:54PM on 04/22/2011
As an African American, Mel Gibson has never offended me. He said the word "nigger" in a heated and extremely emotionally compromised situation. I don't condone his actions in any way. But I understand them somewhat. I hate people who are so quick to deploy hatred for Mel (Joy Behar). I highly doubt Mel Gibson has it out for minorities. Instead of condemning, we should try and understand or put ourselves in his position. I know I've said some things I regret to women who put a knife in my
As an African American, Mel Gibson has never offended me. He said the word "nigger" in a heated and extremely emotionally compromised situation. I don't condone his actions in any way. But I understand them somewhat. I hate people who are so quick to deploy hatred for Mel (Joy Behar). I highly doubt Mel Gibson has it out for minorities. Instead of condemning, we should try and understand or put ourselves in his position. I know I've said some things I regret to women who put a knife in my heart. Relationships are capable of destroying us on the inside. I also appreciate his honesty in that interview. No bullshit. No gimmicks. It's "I've fucked up but I've moved on." I'm ok with that.
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11:23AM on 04/22/2011

This is Ridiculous

I never followed the whole controversy surround Gibson's racial rantings. To me, it was typical Hollywood Actor BS. Yet, the fallout for his actions have been more server than other Hollywood Stars that have done worse. I mean if Woody Allen and Roman Polanski can still work with Hollywood A-List actors then why not Mel? I think what Polanski and Allen did (pederasts) was worse. But that's just me. Also, RDJ needs to step up for his friend without whom RDJ would be dead by now.
I never followed the whole controversy surround Gibson's racial rantings. To me, it was typical Hollywood Actor BS. Yet, the fallout for his actions have been more server than other Hollywood Stars that have done worse. I mean if Woody Allen and Roman Polanski can still work with Hollywood A-List actors then why not Mel? I think what Polanski and Allen did (pederasts) was worse. But that's just me. Also, RDJ needs to step up for his friend without whom RDJ would be dead by now.
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11:22AM on 04/22/2011
His personal life is just that to me, and while it sucks that he does/ thinks these things, it in no way deminishes what I think of his ablities in front of and behind the camera.

"The Beaver" looks brillant, and I hope his next film is something he can sink into.
His personal life is just that to me, and while it sucks that he does/ thinks these things, it in no way deminishes what I think of his ablities in front of and behind the camera.

"The Beaver" looks brillant, and I hope his next film is something he can sink into.
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11:05AM on 04/22/2011

the tapes always seemed blatantly guile to me.

The reason why is because of how calm and holier than thou Oksana sounded. His comments were crazy but we all can think of a path which would lead us to an equal frenzy. She definitely has a tinge of b*tch in her voice too. And her history shows she isn't an innocent victim. I don't agree with many of Gibson's thoughts but I'm not going to judge him based on a fervored rant.
The reason why is because of how calm and holier than thou Oksana sounded. His comments were crazy but we all can think of a path which would lead us to an equal frenzy. She definitely has a tinge of b*tch in her voice too. And her history shows she isn't an innocent victim. I don't agree with many of Gibson's thoughts but I'm not going to judge him based on a fervored rant.
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9:41AM on 04/22/2011
Never cared about what he did honestly
Never cared about what he did honestly
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9:33AM on 04/22/2011

Awesome news!

I've always thought that Mel is an amazing actor. It's just those scandals that F'ed him up in the eyes of the public.

Anyway, I'll be waiting for that Randy Wallace project.
I've always thought that Mel is an amazing actor. It's just those scandals that F'ed him up in the eyes of the public.

Anyway, I'll be waiting for that Randy Wallace project.
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