Since 2006, Mel Gibson has courted controversy at every turn.
There was his infamous DUI arrest and anti-Semitic tirade, the abuse allegations and rants against Oksana Grigorieva, and even a recent feud with Joe Eszterhas.
In a remarkably candid new interview with ComingSoon (dot) net, Mel opened up about his films and troubled past ... not that he considers it all that troubled.
Asked whether Hollywood was a forgiving town, he said:
“No it’s not. They have to forget. I don’t think they’re vindictive. I don’t think they think there’s reason to forgive. And forgive what to begin with? What are they asking for?"
"It’s almost like 'can you please forgive me' for what? What did I do, really? It is kind of ridiculous. So it’s kind of hard to pinpoint exactly what needs to be forgiven ... I don’t consider that anything does because I didn’t hurt anyone."
"But you know, hey that’s life. It ain’t easy and it’s not fair. You’ve just got to slip the old water off the back and move on.”
The Mel Gibson rants were not addressed specifically in the interview, but when asked about his ill-fated film The Maccabees, he unloaded on Eszterhas.
The screenwriter Gibson a letter that concluded, “you hate Jews” before bowing out of the project; he also leaked an iPhone recording of Mel.
Mel, almost unprompted, shared his version of events:“A guy 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."
"I developed a Viking script almost a year after he started and I already had a second draft and he hadn’t even given me an outline."
"And he was at my home on a working holiday and he didn't even bring one word. And he never intended to write a script. His whole intention was to set me up somehow."
"I DO want to make it [Maccabees] and I will make it. And that’ll be a great film.”
Follow the link for ComingSoon's full interview with the actor ...