Mel Gibson: I’ve Never Been “Discriminatory”
10:11 am, April 22nd, 2011
“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,” Gibson tells Deadline in a candid interview.
He claims that despite the tenor of the tapes, “I’ve never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality – period. I don’t blame some people for thinking that, though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited.”
Gibson feels, “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 says he regrets what he said and never thought Grigorieva was taping him. “Who anticipates being recorded? Who anticipates that? Who could anticipate such a personal betrayal?”
And if the scandal means the end of his career, Gibson would be OK with that. “I could easily not act again. It’s not a problem,” he says. In fact, one gets the sense that he regrets having decided when he was younger to become an actor. “If I could make that choice again, I’d make a different choice.”
Mostly, Gibson mourns the “loss of personal anonymity” when one becomes famous, but understands you “can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.”
While celebrity friends like Whoopi Goldberg and Jodie Foster publicly supported him, he understands why others didn’t come forward. “Why would anyone speak publicly and drag themselves through this crap?” reasons the actor.
Nor is he angry, he claims, with the actors from Hangover II who didn’t want him in the film. “It’s okay. You just have to let that go.”
Gibson says that through his scandals, including his drunken anti-Semitic rant, he tries to remain focused on his work. “There are a lot of people depending on you. There are deadlines to meet and fiscal responsibilities. There are the basics of supporting yourself and those who depend on you and those commitments that you have to co-workers. “
The Oscar winner, who also talks about his upcoming film, The Beaver, sums up, “The main thing is that [the tape scandal] was terribly humiliating and painful for my family, all my kids. “
He says he spoke to all of his kids about the embarrassing recordings, except his daughter with Grigorieva, Lucia, “who is blissfully unaware, thank God. Well, she may be aware of it one day, and at that time, I guess I’ll just address that.”
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