April 22nd, 2011
11:18 AM ET
Gibson admits to Deadline that he regrets the harsh things he said in the recorded tirades that were leaked last year, but claims the public didn't treat him any differently afterward.
"I was angry at me. But no one expressed any anger at me. They may have felt it," he says, adding that he never worried about how the incident might affect his career. "I don't care if I don't act anymore… I could easily not act again. It's not a problem."
While Gibson made statements on the tapes that are considered sexist and racist, he denies he is either of those things.
"I've never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality — period," he says. "I don't blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited. You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship. It's one terribly awful moment in time, said to one person, in the span of one day and doesn't represent what I truly believe or how I've treated people my entire life."
The tapes certainly haven't helped his reputation around Hollywood. Gibson was initially cast as a Bangkok tattoo artist in "The Hangover – Part II" but was dropped because members of the cast and crew disapproved of his hiring. Still, the actor seems unfazed - while the "Hangover" guys may not be fans of Gibson, other celebrities have had his back, including pals Whoopi Goldberg and Jodie Foster.
(Gibson has been friends with his "Beaver" co-star and director since making 1994's "Maverick," and says he'd give Foster "a pedicure every day of the week if I could.")
Though Gibson won't talk specifics about his legal battles with Grigorieva, he does say the incident was "terribly humiliating and painful" for his family.
"Maybe, when this is all over and hopefully, justice is achieved, maybe I could say something," he says. "But I'd never want to leave anything lying around that would... a lot of damage has been done. I don't want to add to it."
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