One of Hollywood’s own, director and actor Mel Gibson has been keeping a secret from his fellow actors for close to a decade. After a drunken 2006 antisemitic rant, Mel Gibson has been trying to atone by secretly helping Holocaust survivors in eight countries.
From The Jerusalem Post
“I have a great respect for people who turn their lives around,” she added. “And I think that everyone makes mistakes in life, and I think the real proof of what kind of human being you are is what you do with that mistake. He’s educated himself. He’s done philanthropic work now, and I think that actions speak very loudly… and his actions have helped a lot of people.”
In July 2006, Gibson was arrested for a DUI in Malibu, California, where he was subsequently recorded making antisemitic remarks. During questioning, Gibson reportedly said to one of the officers: “F**king Jews… The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world… Are you a Jew?”
“It was an unfortunate incident,” Gibson said in a 2016 episode of Variety’s “Playback” podcast when asked about the fact that there are many who feel they can no longer support him or his work. “I was loaded and angry and arrested. I was recorded illegally by an unscrupulous police officer who was never prosecuted for that crime. And then it was made public by him for profit, and by members of — we’ll call it the press. So, not fair. I guess as who I am, I’m not allowed to have a nervous breakdown, ever.”
The “Passion of the Christ” director acknowledged that he had already apologized for the behavior and that people should move on from the incident.
“Ten years have gone by,” Gibson stated. “I’m feeling good. I’m sober, all of that kind of stuff, and for me, it’s a dim thing in the past. But others bring it up, which kind of I find annoying because I don’t understand why after 10 years it’s any kind of issue. Surely if I was really what they say I was, some kind of hater, there’d be evidence of actions somewhere. There never has been.”
Gibson also said he doesn’t consider himself a hateful person, and that his actions were a result of the copious amount of alcohol he consumed on that night.
“I’ve never discriminated against anyone or done anything that sort of supports that reputation,” the actor/director said. “And for one episode in the back of a police car on eight double tequilas to sort of dictate all the work, life’s work and beliefs and everything else that I have and maintain for my life are really unfair.”
On the other hand, conservative radio talk-show host Glenn Beck claimed that in a 2016 conversation with Gibson, ten years later, Gibson claimed, “Jewish people” stole an early copy of “The Passion of the Christ” and used it to defame him.
“I kind of got the impression – I don’t even know if this is true – that Mel has really turned his life around, you know, he’s an alcoholic with 10 years of sobriety behind him. He’s really changed. He’s learned a lot. And he’s kind of alone,” Beck said, according to a post uploaded to GlennBeck.com.
The conversation touched on a number of different topics, finally settling on “The Passion,” which, according to Beck, was the beginning of Gibson’s downward trajectory and his ultimate “undoing.”
According to Beck, Gibson claimed the movie was stolen before its release date, allegedly by “Jewish people,” in order to slander the director as an antisemite.