July 13th, 2009
04:43 PM ET

Mel's Jump The Shark Moment

What do you call a celebrity personal life equivalent of "Jumping the Shark"? You know, the precise moment in time when a much beloved TV show completely lost its mind. The phrase legendarily evolved from the "Happy Days" episode when The Fonz showed up on water skis.

 He with the magical finger-snap ability to turn lights off and summon girls; He who oozed cool with one vowel –"Ayyyyyy"; He whose image I chose over Donnie & Marie for my iron-on transfer t-shirt. THAT guy, we learned, was afraid of sharks? He faced that fear by jumping over one on water skis– wearing his leather jacket, no less. Ah, the drama. We the viewers sat in presumed suspense wondering if poor Fonz could work out his inner demons there on the lake. Neither I nor anyone else wanted to know The Fonz had demons. Fonzie, please no. I had t-shirts.

Which brings me to Mel Gibson. I prefer to remember the heroic Gibson of "Braveheart"– among my favorite films of all time. I wax nostalgic on the Mel of the "Lethal Weapon" movies with Danny Glover– funny, cool.  All the while, Gibson maintained such a respectable distance from Hollywood in his personal life. Married for decades to the same woman– Robin– a Hollywood outsider, he had seven seemingly law-abiding children, and appeared devoutly spiritual.

Then came the drunk driving arrest three years ago, the anti-semitic tirade, and a few curious movies. "Apocalypto" comes to mind.  The marriage fell apart publicly when Robin filed for divorce earlier this year. Nevertheless, I held out hope. Mel's still a talented, brilliant director, I told myself, personal life aside. 

Enter Oksana Grigorieva. Gibson's new girlfriend: classical chanteuse, stunningly, scarily beautiful, severely younger than he.  Oh, and she's pregnant. New today, her music video from her debut album, which was produced by Gibson. The song is called "Beautiful Heartache", Gibson, the svengali, directed the music video himself.
You can view it here: http://www.oksana.fm

Not to give away the money shot, but when the piano explodes into flames, I nearly cried.
Wherefore Art Thou, "Braveheart"?

Shark Jumped.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Kristen

    Mel jumped the shark when he told an interviewer fromPeople mag that a "Woman's place was i the home." Way before the Christ thing, or Apacolypto or the anti semitism. This BS with the girlfriend is just typical Hollywood middle ageism. He already has the sports car so he has to make do with the much younger woman. His poor, long suffering wife should be able to sue for everything. If she bought his line of crap about staying home then he owes her back wages she could have earned as well as half of the rest of everything he got while she stayed home and raised his kids. (Where are his "other" kids while daddy is screwing the bimbo?) I hate hypocrits and Gibson has ALWAYS been one.

    July 15, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David

    Rob...Entourage is just great fun... I think its still funny as get out. And Mel?? who cares. He certainly doesn't. He only made hundreds of millons on his two movies (the cross one and Apocalypto).

    July 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ken

    Mel Gibson is entering into Burt Reynolds territory!!

    July 14, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Warren

    He jumped after his appearance on "The Simpsons." You knew his movies were junk, his personality borderline crazy, and he believed his own hype.

    Mel–wha' happen'd?

    July 14, 2009 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Debra

    I thought Mel was different but he turned out to be just like all the rest of the men in Hollywood.

    July 14, 2009 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sun Drop King

    I think Gibson is a fantastic director. Honestly, I consider Apocalypto my favorite of his films. I do not think it was a slip at all.

    I do think he is nuts, but I think that is what makes him a knock-out director. He goes all out, and I commend him for that.

    He is facinating to me

    July 14, 2009 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. KC

    I used to be impressed with Mel's work, but the video didn't seem to do anything for me.

    July 13, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rob

    Please add those Entourage clowns to you "jumping the shark" list..
    I know people still watch. But please! How many years must we endure watching a bunch of middle age men, playing video games, running around Hollywood in their underwear trying to score with the ladies. I think they should spin this show off with sex in the city. and call it "People to old to be having sex on TV"

    Thank You

    July 13, 2009 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |

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