In perhaps the first sign that Mel Gibson's career is starting to disintegrate, Leonardo DiCaprio is apparently dissociating himself from Gibson, Movie Fanatic reports.
DiCaprio is dropping out of a partnership with Gibson to develop a period epic about Vikings. We highly doubt that timing of Leo ditching Mel is a coincidence, either.
The news comes on the heels of the Mel Gibson tapes - his widely publicized racist, sexist, rage-filled conversations and messages with now-ex Oksana Grigorieva.
"Not a chance," a source close to the Inception star responded when asked about the possibility of DiCaprio collaborating with Mel Gibson on the Viking pic.
Don't expect these two to link up professionally anytime soon.
Without elaborating, the source added that "Leo has earned the right to pick and choose who he works with these days and Mel Gibson is not one of them."
Gibson was set to produce the film along with Graham King, and Oscar winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed) was going to pen the script.
But now that shocking, disturbing details of Mel's personal life have become public thanks to Oksana, it's hard to see his reputation not being tarnished.
Whether the tranquilizers make him nuts or not, he needs help.
This is not good news for Gibson, whose last starring role (after an eight-year hiatus) in Edge of Darkness failed to win over audiences at the box office.
Is this the beginning of the end for Mel's career?