may 20, 2016
Lately we've been hearing some positive news and stories from friends of Mel Gibson, both Jodie Foster and Shane Black has been speaking out, here are some more.
The industry (Hollywood) rejected Robert Downey JR because of his track record of drug arrests during 1996-2001 which meant a film couldn’t get a completion bond. In 2003, Mel Gibson paid the insurance for “The Singing Detective,” which started his career rebound. He underwent a personal rehab and has grown to be a new man and his career blossomed.
On October 2011 at the 25th Annual American Cinematheque Award Ceremony, which was honoring Robert Downey Jr., the Iron Man actor asked Hollywood to forgive Mel Gibson.
During Downey Jr.’s acceptance speech, he had kind words for Gibson. “I asked Mel to present this award for me for a reason,” he said. “When I couldn’t get sober, he told me not to give up hope and encouraged me to find my faith. It didn’t have to be his or anyone else’s as long as it was rooted in forgiveness.
He kept a roof over my head and food on the table and most importantly he said if I accepted responsibility for my wrongdoing and embraced that part of my soul that was ugly – hugging the cactus he calls it – he said that if I hugged the cactus long enough, I’d become a man.”
Business Insider: You said in an interview that Robert Downey Jr. wants Mel Gibson to direct an "Iron Man" movie, if there were ever another one. Were you serious about that?
Shane Black: I just heard him say that once, but that was years ago. As far as I know, it's nothing serious. I was just repeating what I heard.
BI: What fascinated me about that was it seems you, Mel, and Robert have a connection to one another. You put Robert in "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" when his career had flatlined. Robert helped you get the "Iron Man 3" job, and since Mel's troubles, you - and it now sounds like Robert - have tried to help out Mel.
Black: I think that everyone knows there's a special relationship with Robert and Mel. Robert stepped up for me. And I've always been a tremendous fan of Mel Gibson not just as an actor but I think he's a good guy. I've said it before, but on the record I just don't believe in holding anyone accountable for something that they say while they're drunk, because if I'm drunk I'm going to be deliberately belligerent, first off. I'm going to say something that I know will piss you off and will delight in the fact that I'm destroying the house and burning it down. That's what drunk people do. So the idea that that's truly who a person is when he's had a few, I don't believe that at all. I just think that's wrong. I know a lot of great people and they are not necessarily great when they're drunk. So I don't trust that.
BI: Do you think Mel has gotten a bad rap?
Black: I think he's essentially been blacklisted in the industry. I think people don't want to work with him. Now they are starting to come around, but there was certainly a period where it just seemed like no one would hire him. Don't you think so?
BI: I would agree. But I'm asking you because you have a different vantage point than me. You've tried to get projects off the ground with him.
Black: Yeah. I think there's definite sentiment and I understand the point of view. He said some nasty things. But like I said, if you're drunk, you're going to say nasty things. I haven't spoken to Mel in over a year now. I hear things more secondhand about him. And I haven't spoken to Downey really either. I've been so busy the last few years I haven't had time.
BI: But I would imagine if you and Mel connected, you two would start back up to get a project going.
Black: Yeah. If there was something that he had or I had, but once again, at this point he's directing and I'm directing so we're both busy.
Jodie Foster has Mel Gibson‘s back! The actress reveals in a new interview that she’s known Mel for over 20 years and she’s not about to turn her back on him when the going gets rough. She says the reason she’s stood by him over the years despite his consistent unforgivable outbursts.
“I’ve known him for 20-something years, and he’s someone that I really love and I really care about,” Jodie tells The Daily Beast. “I obviously can’t condone his behavior—his private behavior. What do I know about his private behavior? But I do know the man I know, who is an extraordinary artist. I know the experiences I’ve had with him and that’s really the only thing I can attest to. I think if someone you love is struggling, you don’t disown them and run in the opposite direction,” she added. “I think you try to be compassionate, and try to understand their struggle. Try to help them.”
Danny Glover said of Gibson, “I love Mel. That’s my friend.” Glover also shared that he and Gibson (who he called “a very generous man” who is “always searching for meaning in his life”) have been in touch over this last tumultuous year and that at a recent memorial in Los Angeles, “We ran up and hugged each other.”
The 64-year-old star refused to talk about the issues that got Gibson into hot water, saying only, “I can’t comment on that. I only know what I know.” But Glover summed it up this way: “He’s had tough times. We’ve all had tough times.”
Australian director Peter Weir has defended Mel Gibson against what he regards as a media onslaught, adding the Hollywood actor is "a decent man.He insisted Gibson was “strangely being crucified in public by the media."
Weir directed Gibson in The Year of Living Dangerously and Gallipoli and, while admittingly not close to the Hollywood actor in recent years, said he retains a “deep connection” to their past collaborations.
“He’s a highly talented man. I’m sorry for what has happened to him, and I will stand by him if he ever asks me too,”