I think you may be surprised by just HOW MUCH attention Mel's new film gets, and how much box office it does. Mel makes great films, and that is all MOST people care about.
The previews look phenomenal. I have HUGE respect for a guy who somehow got the wild idea to make entertaining movies in "dead" languages. Originality is the rarest thing in entertainment these days. When Mel had his "incident" this past summer, I reflected on whether I would stand by a friend who drank too much, got a DUI, and unleashed a rant at the cops. It was a no-brainer. Of course I would. There but for the grace of God and all that.
Exactly. All I care about is being in line on Dec. 8th, waiting to see his most recent work.
Mel has been around a long time, and for good reason. He didn't do that by making enemies all during his long, successful movie career. That alone stands tall against the blip on the screen, otherwise known as his recent indiscretions.