Entries in Mel Gibson (35)


Robert Downey Jr. Asks Hollywood to Forgive Mel Gibson

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- As he received the American Cinematheque Award from him at a Beverly Hills ceremony on Friday night, Robert Downey Jr. took a moment to voice his support for longtime friend Mel Gibson. reports that after Gibson presented the award to Downey, the Iron Man actor told the audience, "Unless you are without sin -- and if you are you are in the wrong f***ing industry -- you should forgive him and let him work. I urge you to forgive my friend his trespasses." The comment was met with applause. Downey then said, "Allow him to pursue this art without shame."

The public's perception of Gibson was tarnished last year, when profane, racist and sexist recordings of the actor berating his former girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, leaked onto the Internet.

Downey noted during his speech that Gibson lent him a hand a decade ago, while Downey was overcoming a drug addiction, by paying his insurance bond for the 2003 film The Singing Detective. The film wasn't a box office success, but his acclaimed performance began the start of a comeback for the now red-hot actor. Downey said of Gibson, "He kept a roof over my head and put food on my table."

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Man Claims Mel Gibson Tried to Run Him Over in Costa Rica

Mike Marsland/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- A man who filed a lawsuit against Mel Gibson a few months ago over an investment is now claiming the actor tried to run him over near a bakery in Costa Rica in July. reports Nader Sharif claims in new court documents that Gibson verbally abused him at the bakery, then left the store, got into his car, and drove towards him while flipping him the bird.  Sharif says he got out of the way in the nick of time.

A witness disputes Sharif's account of what happened, telling TMZ that Sharif started the confrontation and that Gibson never drove his car towards Sharif.

Sharif sued Gibson in June, claiming the Oscar-winner talked him into investing his life savings in a company called Green Rubber.  Sharif alleged that he later requested that the company give him back his money, but it refused to do so.

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Mel Gibson Blasted for Maccabee Biopic

Mike Marsland/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Mel Gibson has found himself in a flurry of criticism and jokes since news broke late Thursday that he’s partnering to write the biopic of Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee.

The American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and Descendants said “holocaust survivors are aghast” about the potential film, while the Anti-Defamation League proclaimed that Gibson’s telling of Judah’s story would be a “travesty.”

Even comedian and View co-host Joy Behar weighed in on Twitter saying, “Mel Gibson is making a film about the life of Judah Maccabee. I’m smelling a Seder invite!”

Gibson is notorious for his 2006 anti-Semitic comments made during a Malibu DUI arrest that caused a world-wide uproar.         

“People remember what he did and if he wants them to forget, he needs to embark on a different course,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, adding that if Gibson wants to correct his past wrongs, he should spend time taking courses on Judaism or visiting concentration camps, not creating films about the hero of the Hanukkah commemoration.

Hier said he read the news online at home this morning and was so shocked he didn’t believe it could be true. He compared Gibson’s involvement in the film to having “a white supremacist portray Martin Luther King Jr.”

Gibson will team with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (best known for Flashdance and Basic Instinct) to write the script, which is in the early stages of a development deal with Warner Bros. Gibson’s Icon Productions will produce the film and he will have the first opportunity to direct the film if he chooses, according to Gibson publicist Alan Nierob.

Warner Bros. declined to comment, saying the film was in the early stages of production.

Gibson remained quiet on the subject, but The Atlantic has dug up his comments on Maccabee from a few years ago.

Gibson was in the news last week when he finalized a $750,000 settlement with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Their relationship was known for Gibson’s disparaging rant that was leaked to a celebrity news site, in which he said Grigorieva deserved it when he hit her in the face.

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Mel Gibson Working on Film about Jewish Warrior

Mike Marsland/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- This may come as a surprise, but Mel Gibson is working on a film about a Jewish warrior. reports that Gibson, who famously made anti-Semitic remarks during a DUI arrest in Malibu, California five years ago, is collaborating with Flashdance and Basic Instinct writer Joe Eszterhas on a drama based on the life of Judah Maccabee, who led a Jewish revolt against the Greek-Syrian armies in the second century B.C.

The Los Angeles Times reports Gibson could choose to direct the film once the script is completed.  There's also a chance he could have an acting role in the movie.

The Anti-Defamation League, which fights anti-Semitism, objects to Gibson's involvement in the film.

The organization's national director, Abraham Foxman, issued the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "Judah Maccabee deserves better.  He is a hero of the Jewish people and a universal hero in the struggle for religious liberty.  It would be a travesty to have his story told by one who has no respect and sensitivity for other people’s religious views."

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Mel Gibson to Give Ex-Girlfriend $750K

Michael Kovac/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva have finally come to what looks like an amicable agreement.

ABC News has learned that the Hollywood actor/director has agreed to give Grigorieva, the mother of his nearly two-year-old daughter Lucia, $750,000 as part of their custody settlement. A California judge declared Wednesday that the couple will have joint legal and physical custody of Lucia.

At Wednesday’s court hearing, Gibson and Grigorieva also agreed that no books can be written by either party about the other party, even if the books are authored by a third party.

Gibson and Grigorieva’s relationship became the subject of scrutiny last year after recordings purportedly of Gibson berating Grigorieva and photos of a battered Grigorieva were published online. In March, Gibson pled no contest to charges of misdemeanor battery against his ex-girlfriend. Grigorieva also filed a domestic violence claim against the star, which was later dropped.

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Mel Gibson & Ex-Girlfriend Reach Settlement

Mike Marsland/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, have resolved their lengthy dispute over custody and financial issues. The Los Angeles Superior Court announced Friday night that the two “have achieved a settlement in their ongoing dispute” following a “multi-day settlement conference.” The terms and conditions of the agreement were not disclosed. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Superior Court said the civil financial agreement will be heard in open court, but custody issues regarding the ex-couple’s one-year-old daughter, Lucia, will be heard in a closed session.

Gibson pleaded no contest in March to misdemeanor spousal battery in connection with an alleged fight he had with Grigorieva at his Malibu, California, home in January of 2010. Months after that incident, recordings of Gibson making racist and sexist comments to Grigorieva were leaked to

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Mel Gibson Being Sued by Investor

Valerie Macon/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It seems Mel Gibson's legal troubles aren’t over.  The actor is now being sued by a man who claims that the Oscar winning director talked him into investing his life savings into a new company, and has lost it all.

TMZ reports that Nader Sherif met Gibson back in 2007, and allegedly was swindled into investing $200,000 into a company called Green Rubber.  The company, based out of Malaysia, developed a technology to break down rubber so used tires could be recycled.

Apparently, Sherif was reluctant to invest his life savings, but was reassured by a representative for the company that if he wanted out at any time, Green Rubber would buy back his stock.  Gibson himself even provided Sherif a second safety net, reportedly telling him that if the company fell through on their promise, the actor himself would pay him the full amount he invested.

Sherif eventually went through with the deal, but like most people, he fell on hard times and asked the company for his money back.  Nader claims that Green Rubber repeatedly refused to do so, and when he attempted to take Gibson up on his promise, the actor brushed him off.

Sherif is now suing for $200,000 plus interest.

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Mel Gibson Continues Charity Work with Underprivileged Children

Valerie Macon/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- According to TMZ, Mel Gibson arrived in Guatemala on Wednesday to continue to work with Mending Kids International, a charity organization that helps bring medical care to underprivileged children. Gibson has been involved with the charity for many years, and just a few months ago he completed 16 hours of community service with the organization as part of the plea deal he struck for allegedly hitting ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

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Movie Review: 'The Beaver'

AbleStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After being thrown out of the house by his wife, played by director Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson's depressed Walter Black finds a beaver puppet in the trash.

Later that night, after a failed suicide attempt, the beaver, who sounds like Gibson impersonating Michael Caine, finds his way onto Walter's hand.  The beaver usurps Walter's personality, leading Walter to become more productive at his job and seemingly repair his relationship with his youngest son.  As for his relationship with his eldest son Porter -- well, not so much.

It's hard for many to separate Gibson from his issues but if you can, you'll see a soulful performance in The Beaver, a profound film by Foster.

Four out of five stars.

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Jodie Foster on Mel Gibson: 'If He Does Something Wrong...Jail Him'

Michael Kovac/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- She might be biased, but The Beaver director and co-star Jodie Foster calls Mel Gibson’s performance in the film “extraordinary.”

“I could never have asked for anything more,” Foster told ABC News Radio, adding, “it’s a dream come true.”

While Foster should be basking in the afterglow of releasing her labor of love, she is instead in the middle of a publicity tour riddled with queries about her troubled and controversial star.

“It’s hard to have to have to answer every question about him, somebody that I really care about who I know and love and who has been an incredible friend and a loyal person and somebody that I really admire, " says Foster, who has known Gibson since they co-starred in the 1994 Western comedy Maverick.  "So that’s been hard....and, you know, I’m as nutty as a fruitcake so at some point I will internalize that.  Not yet, but at some point I will curl up into a ball I’m sure."

It’s hard to believe anyone will ever find Foster -- a cordial, warm and funny interview subject -- curled up in a corner.  Still, the two-time Oscar winner is quite blunt about the ramifications of Gibson’s actions.

“I can’t excuse his behavior, of course, and if he does something wrong he needs to go to jail, and if he breaks the law he needs to go to jail.  If he’s filled with rage he needs to come to terms with that rage and that’s his personal process in life.”

If Gibson’s dirty laundry had never been aired, The Beaver has the pedigree to be one of those movies we would’ve seen released during Oscar season.  Still, the combined star power of Foster and fellow Academy Award-winner Gibson may yet prove a potent box office combination.  Ask Foster, though, and she says it ultimately doesn't matter -- to her, or to Gibson.

“As somebody who actually knows him as opposed to somebody who doesn’t know him...There are lifelong struggles for him, ahead of him and he has really bigger problems than whether he’s going to get nominated for an Oscar or whether the film is going to make any money. “

The Beaver opens in limited release on Friday.

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