The Hollywood hellraiser is showing off his soft and cuddly side.
During a rare interview, Mel Gibson opened up about his more volatile presence in the media. According to the actor, it’s Hollywood that should be taking at least some of the blame for the way he is portrayed in headlines.
The original interview was conducted by Paul Fischer and published by ComingSoon.Net, where Gibson bashed Tinseltown for their inability to forgive.
“No not really,” he said when asked whether or not Hollywood was “ultimately forgiving.”
He continued, “I don't even think they're vindictive. I don't think they think there's reason to forgive.”
Despite being accused of anti-Semitic comments, abusive slurs, and violent threats, from Gibson’s point of view, he’s really not even sure if he wants forgiveness, or even what exactly he did wrong in the first place.
“It is kind of ridiculous,” he said. “It's kind of hard to pinpoint exactly what needs to be forgiven and I don't consider that anything does because I didn't hurt anyone.”
Recently, screenwriter Joe Eszterhas caught Gibson in the midst of one of his abrasive tirades at the actor’s home in Costa Rica, recording the whole thing on an iPod. Eszterhas was hired by Gibson’s team to write a draft of a film called The Maccabees. But now, with Mel weighing in, the whole situation smells kind of fishy.
“His whole intention was to set me up somehow,” said the actor. “[Eszterhas] gets paid to write a screenplay and doesn't turn anything in for 14 months. That's a serious problem. Not even an outline so I lost my nutter with him.”
Gibson told ComingSoon.Net that Eszterhas showed up to the Costa Rica home without one word in hand for what was supposed to a “working holiday.”
Though he very much would like to continue with The Maccabees project, for now, Mel plans on hiding behind his thick skin, which he dubs “a hide like a rhinoceros,” and moving on as best he can.
“That's life,” he said. “It ain't easy and it's not fair. You've just got to slip the old water off the back and move on.”