Mel Gibson just doesn’t get it. He tried to minimize his behavior in a new interview, his first since ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva released tapes of his vile, expletive-laced screeds. But it’s abuse no matter how you slice it.
Perspective, editing and context made the rants seem worse than they were, Gibson said in an interview with Hollywood Web site Deadline.
“I’ve never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality — period,” he said.
“I don’t blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited,” Gibson said.
Perhaps there might be some truth in that, if the blowup was Gibson’s first.
But he spewed the same nasty invective at police officers who pulled him over for speeding (87mph in a 45mph zone) in Los Angeles and arrested him for driving under the influence.
“Fucking Jews…the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,” he shouted at the arresting officer, who is Jewish.
So how is that for context? In Mel’s eyes, he’s a victim.
“You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship,” he said.
“It’s one terribly, awful moment in time, said to one person, in the span of one day and doesn’t represent what I truly believe or how I’ve treated people my entire life.”
Um.. make that two awful moments in time, both of which he instigated.
Gibson’s situation has split Hollywood.
He was dropped from ‘The Hangover 2’ because the cast refused to work with him as a result of the tapes.
But celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg and Jodie Foster have voiced their support for him.
He called being taped a “personal betrayal.”
Gibson was charged with misdemeanor battery as a result of the incident and was allowed to plead “no contest.”
“I was allowed to end the case and still maintain my innocence,” he claimed.
But that’s not what a no contest plea means, otherwise he would not have been sentenced to three years probation and ordered to seek a year of domestic violence counseling.
Gibson insisted that his is not a violent, racist, sexist or homophobic, but in fact, he’s all four.
He does a good job of containing his feelings, until he starts drinking. Then the nastiness comes out.
He admitted he has a drinking problem. That’s a good place to start. Now he needs to admit to his other demons, and move on, without excuses.
So far, his latest and last movie, “‘The Beaver,” with Foster, still hasn’t anchored a release date.
Summit Entertainment announced that the film would have a limited release in March, but that was later moved to May 20. The film was initially slated for release last December.