Robert Downey Jr. Calls for Forgiveness of Mel Gibson

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Robert Downey Jr. was honored at the American Cinematheque Awards last night, as numerous colleagues and friends made speeches in honor of the Oscar nominee and acknowledged the substance abuse-laden journey he took to arrive at the top of Hollywood.

But when it came time to take the stage himself, Downey shifted the focus to the man who introduced him: Mel Gibson.

Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson

"Mel and I have the same lawyer, same publicist and same shrink," Downey said of his Air America co-star. "I couldn’t get hired and he cast me. He said if I accepted responsibility – he called it hugging the cactus – long enough my life would take meaning and if he helped me I would help the next guy. But it was not reasonable to assume the next guy would be him.”

Speaking about Gibson - whose anti-Semitic and anti-Oksana Grigorieva tirades have been made very public over the recent years - The Avengers star added:

“Unless you are without sin, and if you are you are in the wrong f-ckin industry, you should forgive him and let him work."

Do you agree, readers? Should we forgive Mel Gibson?


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not necessarily a big mel gibson fan but it's one thing to read about someone in the press and actually know the man in person or witness the facts you read about in the press


When an entertainer is being honored by the industry, the appreciation and thanks should be about your accomplishments and the peers who are honoring you. Even though RD Jr. was being introduced by Mel Gibson, it was Not Mel Gibson's Night to be acknowledged (for his poor choices) at the same moment that RD on display as the guest of honor. PEACE!!


Hey Robert can this also apply to Chris Brown considering Mel knocked out his baby mama's teeth and he's over fifty. Nobody brings up Charlie Sheen or Mel's abusive habits but are quick to point out Chris Brown's. I wonder why??????????


Nope I don't forgive him. He's proved himself unlikable multiple times now but then it's not like I'm the one making the descion to hire him but I don't wanna see him in movies anymore.