Mel Gibson heads back to the big screen
December 3rd, 2010
01:55 PM ET

Mel Gibson heads back to the big screen

Mel Gibson is making his way back onto the big screen - the release date for his new film, "The Beaver," is set for spring 2011.

"Plagued by his own demons, Walter Black was once a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can’t seem to get himself back on track … until a beaver hand puppet enters his life," reads the official press release for the film, which debuts its trailer Friday on Entertainment Tonight and iTunes.

According to Deadline.com, the film was supposed to be released this year but the studio held off because of the negative press surrounding Gibson's troubles with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. As Marquee previously reported, Gibson's cameo in "The Hangover 2" was cut because several members of the cast and crew disapproved of him joining the project.

While Jodie Foster, director and star of "The Beaver," has called Gibson's work in the film "one of his most powerful and moving performances," the question remains whether movie audiences will welcome the controversial 54-year-old actor back with open arms.

Will you buy a ticket to see Gibson in "The Beaver?" Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. yourSoul

    Of course I'll go go see Mel's movie.. It's Jody's movie too..and she is wonderful...
    I wish Mel the best ...and I hope he's learned from his mistakes

    December 7, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. boog37

    I dont go to the movies much. But come Hell or High water, Im going to see The Beaver.. Mel and Jodie are great but Im going cause if my phone calls were aired, God knos what u would hear. I hope Mel isnt racist but the Media sux

    December 6, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rob

    I will watch his movie and I will likely be entertained, he is a good actor and a great director. I hope he loses his hate and sees things differently. I watch movies for fun not to support an actors behaivor. If my entertianment purposes required actors to be good people I would never watch movies. We don't know the actors/directors/staff/camera men and their personal lives but we give them our money to be entertained. Leave the man to his business if he has done something wrong he will pay. That is a judges job not the publics. Those who critizes as if they are above others usually have skeletons of their own.

    December 5, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Stewart

    Yes, Yes, Yes, Get over it all!!! He is a fantastic actor.

    December 5, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bunker

    I like the guy! Stop the hate train lol.

    December 4, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. Levi

    lol I also love reading comments from some of the catholics on here..ahha definitely takes a catholic not a Christian to have them views. Funny you do not want to get off Mel's back but you think the Hang over was perfectly acceptable for having an ex con rapist in the movie (Mike Tyson). Dont hear you saying anything about that? Catholics are such hypocrites. But I guess what do you expect from a bunch of people who claim to follow a book that says do not worship idols while they are runnin round praying to virgin Marys , saints and any other stone or wood object they can find.. lmao

    December 4, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. levi

    I like Mel and I will watch it. I think his ex is just another trumped up green card chaser who manipulated events for her own gain.Just as a good women can make a man I fully well understand how a bad women can shatter a mans sanity. I was married to a lady who had me on the verge of loosing my sanity for many years. I was under so much stress from the consistent mind games, I did and said many things that were not me. I dove into alcohol and anything to ease the pain and turmoil. I didn't heal and understand how far from myself i had gone until I was divorced and she was thankfully long gone from my life. Great people can have moments of weakness and doubt.

    December 4, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Emma

    Yes, I am going to see it. It looks like it will be fun.

    December 4, 2010 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. rp

    Should have been Morgan Freeman with Gregg the Bunny

    December 4, 2010 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Delilah

    To err is human, to forgive is divine. Who are we to judge? He is a marvelous actor and yes, I will pay to see this movie.

    December 4, 2010 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lia

    Dude needs to seriously get his head out of his nethers..as does Tom cruise and more than a few other celebs, but it's none of my business. At least any future girls who may be in a relationship with him won't be able to claim to be surprised when he ends up behaving like a horse's backside again. People like that never change.

    December 3, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Judyjo

    As I read the above comments regarding the private, personal lives of Hollywood actors and actresses, it seems to me that we do care. You can bet your ticket money that Hollywood moviemakers care, the media cares. How many of you DID NOT listen Gibson rantings? How many DID listen?
    Your very own answers tell the tale as to how much we care about actors private lives. When private lives become public, we had better care. A few examples: Clinton making out with an aide; Nixon aware of the Watergate break-in. Charlie Sheen making a fool of himself with call girls, Nick Nolte not to recent arrest for DWI. You could go on and on. Honestly, I pay for cable, so, I'll wait and watch Gib on cable.

    December 3, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ann

    I have not missed a Mel Gibson movie yet! And I don't intend to miss this one. Of course I will buy a ticket and so will my husband So what if a man speaks his mind! I wish there were more Americans who would say what they think!

    December 3, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dorothy Ott

    He has an incredible talent. I think it comes from the life he has lived. Of course I would see his film

    December 3, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ruby

    I don't will buy a ticket! No way!

    December 3, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  16. AnnetteMarie

    I'll be there!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  17. neverafan

    I've no doubt all of Mel's supporters on here are "good Christians" who still put him on a pedestal because he put out Passion of the Christ. What a bunch of hypocrites.

    This guys is loathsome and I wouldn't support him if my life depended on it.

    December 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judyjo

      To neverafan;
      You nothing about " Christianity" if you DID, you would understand that scrptures tells us "There is not one good person, no not one"

      December 3, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  18. AMT

    Yes, I agree, Mel Gibson is a great actor and always been one of my most favorite!
    Can't wait to see his new movie!

    December 3, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  19. John Kaufman

    I find Mel Gibson's behavior reprehensible but I love Jodie Foster. It sounds like a very strange concept so I'm torn. I don't really want to support any of his work from now on but the idea is so preposterous I might go.

    December 3, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  20. robert the bruce

    Oh fug. No. Mel gibson = box office poison. Mel gibson is the kryptonite that would kill superman. Mel gibson even scares the Pope. The Pope says he is busy when mel gibson calls. Mel gibson needs to shut his pie hole. Permanently. If mel gibson were here right now I would punch him in the groin. Mel gibson should catch rectal cancer. Why do creeps like gibson live forever and good guys like bill bixby die young? Mel gibson should eat feces. Immediately. Its all over for mel gibson.

    December 3, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Ellen O'Rourke

    Yes, I think he's an outstanding actor and has contributed so much to filmmaking in general. Nobody's perfect until the next life and I'm sure he has consequences in this life to deal with. I would go see the film for sure.

    December 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  22. James

    The guy is lost and he needs help with his rage issues. Many of us have had bad divorces and uttered nonsense. He's a caring, feeling human being who's judgement is severely impaired by rage, ego and childhood conditioning. If he's willing to do something about it, it can be fixed. Of course, there's no excuse for the abuse. In time and with help, however, he may get to a place where he can love himself.

    Would I see the movie? No. I don't want to watch a movie starring people I can't respect (Jodie Foster excepted, of course).

    December 3, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Dadicus

    I will see te movie. Always liked Jodie and Mels movies. I try not to judge what I don't know, but mental illness can strike anyone at any age. Until you have a friend or family member with mental illness, you don't know what it's like. Most people don't seek treatment because of the stigma attached. Look up the stats

    December 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  24. verbal

    fatty arbuckle had issues, as did charlie chaplin, charlie sheen, sid vicious, and a few hundred others. no one cares about the actor. the actor is portraying a character and leaves his personal persona no where to be found. will you stop listening to anything phil spector produced or strip oj of his hiesman (and never watch 'the towering inferno' again)? a performance is a performance, and as long as it's a good one, I'll watch robert blake in a prison production of baretta if it's any good.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Abbas

    Of course I will. I like him since childhood. Who cares what his private life is. I personally believed that he was trapped by a very smart woman. I pray the movie becomes a HUGE hit.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Duncan

    A thought:

    Although not this case with this film, something that frightens me about many other Mel Gibson films is their seeming avoidance of historical accuracy. Take "The Patriot" for example – it shows a frighteningly whitewashed view of slavery. There is an awful (and nonsensical) monologue by a black slave fighting with Benjamin Martin where the slave says he would rather fight for the freedom of his country rather than be free himself.

    When we watch movies that are aesthetically historical but factually inaccurate – do we begin to forget the real story? This seems dangerous to me, when the real history of racism in the U.S contributes to real racism in the U.S today.

    What do you guys think?

    December 3, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Superhiro

    Are the people saying they would see this movie insane? Did they miss the part where this movie is about a "BEAVER HAND PUPPET". Oh why, Why, WHY would anybody pay money to see a Beaver Hand Puppet movie no matter who's in it?

    December 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jon

    I'm waiting for the court to decide whether he's a bad guy or not. They'll probably try to release the movie before the actual judgment is made. Why does Jodie Foster still associate with Mel? The only thing I give Mel is that his ex-wife exhonerates him for his 26 year marriage with her. They had a daughter and six sons. I sometimes wonder what his family thinks about him. Do they trust him or do they think he's using people to get away with a crime? The charge that he beat Oksana and threatened their child is a serious one.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • gem

      maybe you need to look at the facts of the case again. Some experts have claimed that the tapes were tampered with, there's no evidence in the tapes or anywhere else that he also threatened his daughter, and the photo produced to show signs that he hit his daughter is being questioned by the police. The photo has revealed a baby pimple, nothing more nothing less, that his ex tried to pass off as a bruise or cut. And his ex doesn't show any signs of injuries either other than a missing veneer and uneven teeth. No cuts, no bruisings, or swellings that are consistent with being punched on the mouth or face. So please, stop making assumptions till you look at the evidence again. As for Jodi Foster, maybe she chose to stick with Mel despite all the negative backlash because she knows the man personally and cares for him, same with his ex wife and their children. Those tapes should never have been released, they were not recorded to help the police gather evidence of a crime, more like they were used to extort the guy in the tapes.

      December 4, 2010 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  29. Elle USA

    Yes I would purchase a ticket. NOT because of Mel Gibson, but because of Jody Foster! She is such a great actress. With Mel, I set aside his personal from his professional life. The press made great fodder of PRIVAT conversations that are none of our business. Unless Mel beat his wife or committed murder... leave him alone

    December 3, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  30. barbara

    Sure... if the acting is good I'll see the picture.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Noel R

    Once I see the previews and get a good feeling that it will be a good movie, I will buy tickets. I really don't care what happens in his personal life. If he makes a movie worth watching, like he has in the past, I will go. He is who he is and the only one he needs to answer to is the Lord. Who are we to judge?

    December 3, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Frank B

    Many of these comments have a curious angle to them, basically saying "he's just human and not a racist and not a bigot and doesn't hate Jews and therefore, I will go see the movie."

    How are those two things connected? It's more fair to say "I will go see the movie because I don't care what he is". But let's be fair, he's an abusive, racist, antisemitic and violent person. He's also a good actor. Maybe you won't go see his movie because of all that. Maybe you'll go see it because of all that. But don't confuse the two things.

    December 3, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • lostintranslation

      Wow, thanks for your pearls of wisdom Frank! Now that you've given me the opportunity for a philosophical pause I will be certain to know exactly why I will continue to see Mel Gibsons movies. I don't normally sink low enough to comment but after seeing several of your comments here, I just feel the need. You seem to enjoy ramming your opinion down everyone else throat so I figure you won't mind if someone does the same to you.
      Tell me, how much personal time have you spent with Mel? I'm assuming you cast your racist judgments based on statements he made in a drunken stupor during his DUI arrest four years ago because unless you are personally close to the man, you know absolutely nothing more about the man than what you see in the media, the same as the rest of us. I'm not normally in the habit of defending Mel but in this case I'm not defending his actions. I'm only offering a different perspective than the one you've dished out several times on this comment board.

      To subscribe to your school of thought society would need to forget the fact that Mel was punished by the law, did everything he was required by the court to do, sought additional treatment in the form of AA and psychiatric therapy, and made sincere apologies publicly for the terrible things he said. I assume in your mind he is a celebrity and therefore should have to adhere to a much stricter moral code than the rest of us, right? The evidence is against him on the racist and anti-semitic persecution and I know that those character traits will likely be a life long struggle for him to change but where do you get off calling the man abusive and violent? Calling him abusive and violent is libelous. If Mel was either violent or abusive in his personal life then why have charges not been laid against him? If what your basing your adjectives on is this latest ridiculous Oksana trial and the subsequent tapes that she leaked to the media, you need to give your head a shake. Even the police can't find enough evidence to charge him for domestic assault or abuse, let alone convict him. He used his words, not his fists as far as the evidence shows. You can't base a case for verbal abuse on a set of tapes that only one side of the party was aware of in recording. Would you not think that perhaps she may have provoked him to lose his temper while the recorder was off? Is it not possible that she would manipulate the conversation and then paint herself a victim when the recorder was on, all in hopes of a big payoff? I've seen women do similar things for a hell of a lot less money and virtually no publicity.

      Frank, I don't know what world you live in but typically once a person is punished for a crime, asks for forgiveness, and takes legitimate steps to change their behavior, society typically attempts to show at least a little understanding and compassion. Robert Downey Jr. was arrested, jailed and put through rehab many times over. In your world he doesn't deserve to ever forget his past actions and should be labeled a criminal and a drug addict permanently. If Mel was your father, son, brother, or best friend would you still judge in this manner and never allow them an opportunity to change and move on? I am not a devoutly religious person but I have enough comprehension of faith to understand the importance of forgiveness. Judge not, lest ye be judged, is that not the phrase? You really helped me out on that one Frank, without you I would never have seen that I much prefer defending a racist, abusive, violent man as opposed to agreeing with a condescending twit who feels he needs to teach others how to form a thought. Nice one.

      December 4, 2010 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank B

      You're welcome! And thanks for the opportunity to clear up a few things that seem to indeed, have been lost in translation.

      I am absolutely supportive of Mel's efforts to pay his debts to society. I suspect we'll see plenty more of it in the future. Robert Downey Jr. is a terrific example to bring up, because that guy has had some serious demons to fight in his life, demons that have beat him down to zero and yet he's fought back and emerged from it all the great, capable and deserving actor he is. Drug addiction and what it can do to you is horrific, and kudos to RD Jr. for overcoming them, and I will continue going to all his movies if for no other reason than I'm a fan and to support the guy. But let's be clear, he is a drug addict who knows he needs to stay away from the stuff or it'll bring him down once again.

      Back to Mel, he's got his own demons. As I keep saying, it's no reason not to see his movies. But if you want a direct example, would it puzzle you to hear someone say "I hate drugs and dislike people who use them and therefore, as a result of my thinking, refuse to see any Robert Downey Jr. movie". Does that make any sense to you? Not to me, and that's what irked me about a lot of these messages... first arguing that Mel isn't what he clearly is, and secondly, using that to justify seeing his movies.

      Jeez, go see his movies! No one will judge you for that! Hell, I might go see it if it turns out to be a good movie. I don't care about sticking another dollar into the pocket of a racist bigot antisemite who's already got hundreds of millions, what do I care? If I get something positive out of it, of course I'll go.

      I want to be very clear on this, I haven't ever told anyone not to see this movie. Go back and read everything I've written. That's nowhere.

      I'm confused by all these messages directed at me claiming I'm not giving him a break or letting him off the hook or whatever. Yeah, he's paid his debt to society and again, I'll say it, go see his movie! Maybe I'll see you there. And let's also remember that someone who got drunk and ran over someone and killed them and then spent 25 years in prison... has also paid their debt to society. But they're still an alcoholic irresponsible murderer. They've paid their debt and most of society feels they deserve another chance. Ok, go for it. But that doesn't take away what you've done or what you are.

      December 5, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  33. Rachel

    Yes! I would see this film! It is supposed to be a amazing performance on Mel's part. I think that woman is Crazy & a money hound. She totally wrangled that weak man(guided by his lower extremity),hooked him(baby),and is trying to drive him mad for the $$$$$$. How silly & sad for his family. I can't believe what men will do for a piece of "a–". And what a cheap cheesy one at that. Give up his faithful & can we just say "fertile" wife of 30something years for that Jet-Trash......Silly silly man.

    December 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  34. JANIE

    YES LOVE HIS WORK. NO ONE IS PERFECT. WE ALL HAVE BAD DAYS EVEN YEARS.

    December 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Danny

    Um..... Wow... that looks ... awful

    December 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  36. imbmw

    What is wrong with people – being a "Christian" has nothing to do wth moral behavior, it's just being human. I will not see the movie which is a bummer because I love Jody Foster but I am a huge boycotter. $ is the only thing that talks and boycotting is $. I don't see Polanski films, I don't watch Charlie Sheen anymore and I will not watch Gibson either.

    December 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Kiera

    100% – I'll be there. Hollywood hasn't stopped Roman Polanski (kiddie rapist) or Sean Penn (wife beater) from making movies – how can they stop Mel.

    December 3, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  38. chaz

    Yeah like the others are saying, I really don't care about celebrities personal lives. The only thing that matters is how they perform on camera, and Mel Gibson has shown time and time again that he's a great actor.

    December 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Dianne

    Not only do I look forward to seeing all future Mel Gibson projects, knowing that he will always give his utmost whether as actor or director, I am also waiting in anticipationfor the day that Zach Whateverhisnameis falls off his high horse, because it will happen, Zach, it will happen.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  40. stephanie willis

    I love and admire Jodie Foster and just because Mel acted a little crazy – that doesn't affect his performances, as far I am concerned. So how many perfect people does anyone know? My list has 0 in it.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Denise

    I will see the movie, of course. Jodie Foster is a great talent, I love her work. so The lead actor has custody law suit, or charges on domestic violence, or his girlfriend is charged with extorting him for 10 mil. Really, can you tell me something suprising, or original?
    Great work does not come from people who stay in the middle ground. We are all on a learning curve , none of us are that much better or different than Mel or Oksana thoe we like to think so.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Michelle

    I will see it! I love Mel Gibson. He is famous so we see all of his imperfections in the media. He who is without sin, cast the first stone.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Walter

    I still can't help but really like Mel Gibson. I'll see it!

    December 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  44. John

    Yes, I'll go see it. I love Mel. He's like family.
    I don't think Mel is an anti-Semite or racist, he's just human. He is going through a difficult time personally and needs to slow down and get things in order...like we all do sometimes.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank B

      I'm just curious what makes you say he's not Antisemitic or racist? Sure, we all go through things... but we don't continually go off spouting the sorts of things he does. If he's not antisemitic or racist, who is? I'm not saying this has anything to do with whether he's human or a great actor or whether you'd go see his movie, I'm just baffled by your statement which is similar to saying LeBron James can't shoot. OK, maybe you don't like the guy for your own reasons, but let's call a spade a spade. Mel Gibon IS an antisemite and racist and bigot and a few other things. That's pretty much not in dispute. Whether that matters or not as the paying public is the only question.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      If he's a racist, explain why black people have defended him. Maybe he just can't control his emotions and obviously has problems that need professional help, ppl say stupid things when there raging, and especially Mel who does have many emotional problems. His contributions to people of third world countries and charitable contributions here at home far exceed your intelligence.

      December 3, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank B

      Well, Bob, it will come as a surprise to someone as intelligent and sophisticated as yourself (and clearly, unlike me) that blacks are just as capable of being racist and bigoted as any white, trashy guy. And, in that capacity, could easily find themselves defending someone who happens to be just as racist as they are, though of a different color and towards different people. There is, for example, no shortage these days of blacks trashing Jews.

      If being kind to third-world countries and giving to charity somehow undoes the bad, then I guess you're right. OJ Simpson brought great joy to thousands of people, so what's a couple of dead white people? Let's give him the key to the city.

      I'm surprised someone as stupid as myself (as you so righteously pointed pointed out, thank you) would need to explain this to someone as bright as your comment has proven you to be.

      December 3, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • are you for realz?

      good grief Frank B, get a hold of yourself. Way to go comparing OJ Simpson to Mel Gibson, tell me did Mel Gibson kill anyone? Has it been proven that he punched and choked his ex gf like she claims he did? The fact is, despite people's accusations that he is racist, he has undeniably done a lot of good in this world by donating to charities in third world countries. The guy has never been known to have a history of abuse unlike some other actors, and there's an investigation going on right now that he may have been extorted by his ex gf. So he said some racist stuff in the heat of the moment, should he be banned and outcast forever in Hollywood? Where's the outrage when the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Charlie Sheen, Christian Bale, Sean Connery. Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, and Jonathan Rhys Meyer are featured in movies? Why do people still watch them despite their personal controversies? None of these people I mentioned are better than Mel Gibson, most of them haven't shown any signs of remorse for their past behaviour, and yet I don't hear an outcry from the public and the media over their personal troubles. If we were to ban people due to what goes on in their lives, no one will be able to work in Hollywood anymore.

      December 4, 2010 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank B

      Wait a sec, I never said he doesn't deserve another chance, I never said don't see his movies and I certainly didn't compare his actions to those of OJ. I'm simply separating two different things... that maybe he's a racist, bigot, antisemite, whatever (and likely is) and maybe he's a good actor whose movies are worth watching. I'm not even saying don't see his movies. But what I am saying is I found it annoying how many comments on here were of the sort that seemed to justify seeing his movies only because he's not a racist or whatever.

      Well, you know what, apples and oranges. The fact is, he is a bigot and a racist and an antisemite, I'm a little puzzled by some people's fierce defending of the guy in light of what he's said and done. It's odd, and clearly no matter what he does you won't be convinced, like because he's SUCH a great actor, well, all that other stuff, let's justify it with a bunch of nonsense. "We've all had bad days where we've wanted to beat up our girlfriends". Yeah, ok, whatever... that says a lot more about you than it does Mel.

      In any event, you don't need to care what I think of Mel Gibson. But it'd be nice to see an honest message on here saying "yeah, he's all those bad things but I don't care, I'll go see his movies because I don't care". At least that's honest.

      December 5, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • are you for realz?

      @ Frank B, you keep missing my point. If Mel was truly racist, why would he even bother to donate millions of his money to third world countries? The guy is even listed as one of the biggest philanthropists in Hollywood, and yet people like you are only ever willing to look at his behaviour when he was caught drunk and raving. If you weren't comparing OJ to him, then why did you mention him for? The two are clearly diff. OJ had a HISTORY OF DOMESTIC ABUSE, starting from his first wife, then with Nicole Simpson and on to his last gf. The only one who has ever accused him of abuse is Oksana and she has credibility issues herself since she has contradicted her story so many times that even her own lawyers have quit on her. No one is perfect, including yourself, if anyone were to record you on tape when you're at your worst, suffering from a nervous breakdown as mel's family believes he did when he was with oksana, i doubt you'd sound any better than mel does.

      December 6, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank B

      As I previously wrote, a racist isn't racist towards everyone, he's racist towards, well, those races he's against. There are black racists who hate jews, there are jewish racists who hate arabs and there are white racists who hate all of the above. But we're starting to stray from the point. My opinion is that Mel Gibson is an antimsemite. He is racist towards jews. Perhaps you don't agree. I purely base it on three things:

      1> his drunken tirade
      2> the antisemitic movie he made
      3> the fact that his father is a well-known and vocal antisemite, and Mel has never distanced himself from the horrific things his dad keeps spewing.

      All of the above is very googleable. Have a look if you're not sure what I'm talking about. But again, this is all beside the point. There are some facts:
      – I think he's anti-semtiic
      – you don't think he is
      – he donates a lot of money to 3rd-world causes
      – I don't think that means a hill of beans. How much money has he donated to Israel? Or a local synagogue?

      He has an anti-jewish thing going, and given all of the above, it's pretty evident. Fine, I know a lot of people agree and a lot of people disagree. It doesn't matter. I would further argue that being drunk lowers the filters that we usually employ to avoid offending others. I gotta be honest, even in a drunken tirade I wouldn't go off on jews or blacks or any other race, it's just not in me. I'm far from perfect, but racism just isn't in me, what can I say. I grew up in a multicultural environment and my parents welcomed it and as a result I wound up with childhood friends from all over the place. No one ever made an issue of it, and I guess that's why I didn't become anti-anything. Unlike Mel, who clearly did.

      And I will conclude once again by stating that this is all irrelevant to the original post of mine, which was simply stating that people were eager to show their support for Mel, by claiming he's none of that and by going to see his film. And I call you all on it. Don't feel you have to justify your actions to anyone.

      This is partially CNN's fault for posting the question like that.

      And re OJ Simpson, the only reason he came up was a counterexample with respect to forgiving someone's "bad" because of all the "good" they do to outweigh it. Sorry, I don't buy that argument. OJ is the first example I came up with. Tiger, Spitzer, Clinton, Robert Blake, The Birdman of Alcatraz... this is an endless list. Take your pick. They all messed up, and their forgiveness should have little to do with the good they did. Take each act on its own merits.

      December 6, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  45. dan milburn

    Of course I will. Look at Charley Sheen – he's always knee deep in stupid when he isn't in front of a camera – and I still like his work. Mel and Jody have that chemistry left over from MAVERICK that is still there and I look forward to more.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  46. nj stray

    He is being set up. the movie seems kind of stupid, but I like mel gibson.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Shari

    Sure. Plenty of folks are asses who are entertainers.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Texas Mom

    There is always going to be something you don't agree with in every actors personal life. Does that mean that you are never going to watch anything again? I think not. He is a great actor I will still watch his movies.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Sheryl

    Sure I would I could care less about his personal life.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlienAnessa

      Then DO care less...see how dumb that sounds? It's couldn't care less.

      December 4, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  50. Rosa

    Of course I will, who cares what is going on with him.He is a great actor.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      He is a great actor! If we quit watching movies because of actors private lives, we wouldn't watch any movies because they are all screwed up!

      December 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ref:finkelstein

      OOH, he makes me so mad. If the neocons at CNN hate him, for whatever reasons: (cough) same reason they fired Rick Sanchez (cough), that is good enough for me.

      December 4, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  51. catholicmom

    Absolutely NOT! His behvior has been totally unacceptable! How can he call himself a Christian?

    December 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron31

      Well catholicmom,even christian's makes mistakes. No one except for God almighty is perfect.

      December 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ridiculous_nicholas

      I think the real question is how can you call yourself a Christian with that comment? When asked how many times someone should forgive their brother, Jesus replied "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times."

      December 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marin

      Christians are also to take responsibility when they fail. Nothing of that in mel.

      December 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • berty

      I haven't been to a movie in 10 years, but I will spend money to see this one on principle. Jodie Foster is my favorite actress. I love her. And, I agree with ridiculous nicholas, "he who has never been an as* or lost their marbles in a fight with a significant other, cast the first stone."

      December 3, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • levi

      I also love reading comments from some of the catholics on here..ahha definitely takes a catholic not a Christian to have them views. Funny you do not want to get off Mel's back but you think the Hang over was perfectly acceptable for having an ex con rapist in the movie (Mike Tyson). Dont hear you saying anything about that? Catholics are such hypocrites. But I guess what do you expect from a bunch of people who claim to follow a book that says do not worship idols while they are runnin round praying to virgin Marys , saints and any other stone or wood object they can find.. lmao

      December 4, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Bunker

      Yes,hell yes I will. THe whole Gibson thing got blown way out of purportion. I mean, were those phone calls nasty....... yeah. But then, I don't know the guy, and it looks a lot like that woman lied and minipluated the whole thing to make money. You cna't hate a guy forever just because he said a few nasty things when mad. I think it's time to love the guy, not hate him. I think a lot of people have always ben jealous of what a stnad up, awesome guy Mel Gibson is, and how he played heroic yet openly flawed characters that- in rhetrospect- pus the envelope of a "safe" synthetic hero. He isn't two deminsional, and I think we should all stop trying to force him to be. Also, in that spirit, excuse my spelling, I sont give a @)(&^.

      December 4, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • daveinSC

      people need to get off thier high horse here. He's just human and will make mistakes, afterall it's not like he is your pastor.
      Losen up people, and get a life, leave him alone. I like him myself, and I will go see his movie.

      December 6, 2010 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
    • MONACO

      Nope. The premise is dumb. So is Mel. And Jodie's got no judgement about movie roles or anti-Semitic, women-hating friends...

      January 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cream of Human Kindness

      I thought all Catholics were diddlers. Or is that just the priest's?

      March 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |

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