Mel Gibson Speaks Out About "Edited" Voicemails

April 22, 2011 By:
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Mel Gibson has something to say—but this time he’s going to try to keep his voice down.

Crazy Mel has a new movie to promote, The Beaver, so he’s desperately trying to do some damage control. First on the list: talking about those infamous voicemails he left ex Oksana Grigorieva .

"Who anticipates being recorded?" Gibson tells Deadline in an epic interview. "Who could anticipate such a personal betrayal?"

He said most of the voicemails were taken out of context and he’s really not a homophobe, a racist and an anti-Semite. Uh, Mel…It’s a little hard to take things like ‘I will kill you and bury you in a rose garden’ out of context.

He continued, “I've never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality -- period," Gibson 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."

But regardless of how many times he tries to clear the air, he knows his reputation may be permanently damaged. Ya think?

"I don't care if I don't act anymore," he says, adding that he's "beyond" caring whether fans misjudge him. "The whole experience has been most unfortunate. And so it's not without all the downside."

"I could easily not act again. It's not a problem. I'm going to do something now because I want to do it and because it's fun."

He’s had so many f**k ups it’s a little hard to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume things were taken out of context. Sure, her reaction to his crazy rants seemed edited, but his craziness on those tapes were raw—and they were real.

Do you forgive Mel? Do you think it’s fair that his personal life had such a big affect on his career?