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Star Wars: Robert De Niro vs. Mel Gibson
www.foxnews.com ^ | September 11, 2008 | Roger Friedman

Posted on 09/11/2008 6:57:25 PM PDT by Publius804

Star Wars: Robert De Niro vs. Mel Gibson

Thursday , September 11, 2008

By Roger Friedman

Star Wars: Robert De Niro vs. Mel Gibson

Everyone in the movie business is buzzing about Robert De Niro walking off the set of "Edge of Darkness.”

De Niro was back in New York Wednesday night for the premiere of “Righteous Kill” with Al Pacino. But he left “Edge of Darkness” abruptly last week after shooting one scene. His co-star was supposed to be Mel Gibson. It was that actor’s return to the screen after his poisonous 2006 arrest in Malibu that included an anti-Semitic and racist tirade.

Since then, Gibson — who’d already raised questions about his possible problems with Jews from his “Passion of the Christ” — has been considered persona non grata in Hollywood.

He’s also had problems because his father, Hutton Gibson, is a public Holocaust denier who often writes for questionable publications.

There were questions raised in the British press this week about whether or not De Niro might have left “Edge of Darkness” over the anti-Semitic comments Gibson made to a Jewish police officer in that Malibu arrest. Perhaps, the papers thought, De Niro had Jewish ancestors.

But Gibson also addressed a female officer, who is black, as “sugar t--s.” This might not have gone over well with De Niro, whose lovely wife Grace happens to be African-American. De Niro is also a vociferous backer of Barack Obama for president.

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TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: antisemitism; hollywood; melgibson; robertdeniro
Gibson has apologized REPEATEDLY for his ignorant drunken tirade, and the meaningless opinions of his father should not affect his career. Nor should Gibson be forced to publicly chastise his father.

How about the anti-Christian tirades that come from Hollywood, oh wait - those are called scripts.

Hat tip to www.dirtyharrysplace.com for the article.

1 posted on 09/11/2008 6:57:25 PM PDT by Publius804
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To: Publius804

LOVE Mel Gibson and his spectacular movies. Thanks Mel for all your work...I hope we see more.


2 posted on 09/11/2008 7:01:51 PM PDT by Blue Turtle (I)
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To: Publius804
Mel needs to STFU, go into rehab and go away and disappear for a few years. Period. What an idiot. Speaking from experience.
3 posted on 09/11/2008 7:06:49 PM PDT by LiberConservative (Sarah Palin makes me tingly.)
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To: Publius804

De Niro is a highly overrated hack as an actor. The set is better off without him.


4 posted on 09/11/2008 7:06:58 PM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: LiberConservative

Mel did go into rehab & apologize so why should he have to disappear when other Hollywood types can spew anti-Christian venom while sober!


5 posted on 09/11/2008 7:08:46 PM PDT by Publius804
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To: Publius804

But Gibson also addressed a female officer, who is black, as “sugar t—s............................

sugar tits???????????????????????????

How is this racist????????


6 posted on 09/11/2008 7:08:55 PM PDT by onlylewis (libs want a two class system, one rich one poor)
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To: Publius804

and Roger FRIEDMAN is impartial I reckon.

Grill Gibson for his drunk tirade.

he’s not repsonsible for a kooky dad

and his Passion was right on.

if you don’t like the scripture then find something else to do.

this Hollywood attack on the Passion was never anything but an attack on Christianity that dare say it’s name


7 posted on 09/11/2008 7:10:15 PM PDT by wardaddy (Obama/Pol Pot 2008)
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To: onlylewis

See, I’m just not that bright...I couldn’t understand what the t__s was.

I was trying to figure out racial epitaphs that started with t and end with s.

That is a sexist remark, but not racist.

If he said a Nappy Sugar t__s, then I could see that as racist.


8 posted on 09/11/2008 7:17:28 PM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: Publius804

I’m no Mel Gibson fan, but if DeNiro had a problem with him, maybe he shouldn’t have signed up to be in a movie with him in the first place.


9 posted on 09/11/2008 7:17:40 PM PDT by aynrandfreak (The Left hates America)
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To: Publius804

What a stupid story. Robert knew who was cast and who he’d be doing his scenes with. He didn’t walk off the stage because of Mel. Whatever the reason, he’ll be back. The contract he signed will make sure of that.


10 posted on 09/11/2008 7:17:52 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Publius804

This article makes no sense. DeNiro signed onto this role no more than two or three months ago. Gibson’s disgusting behavior was years ago. DeNiro suddenly realized he was bothered?


11 posted on 09/11/2008 7:21:04 PM PDT by MeanMachine
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To: peggybac

I was about to say the same thing. You don’t suddenly start shooting a movie...and then suddenly find out who your co-stars are. If De Niro believes Gibson is repugnant, he would never have signed on to the movie to BEGIN with, especially because Gibson’s actions in question go back a few years. The implied scenario here makes no sense.


12 posted on 09/11/2008 7:21:22 PM PDT by macamadamia (Life is a continuation of war by other means.)
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To: Publius804

I hope this project tanks - it’s being remade too soon, when the original was perfect. I hate lazy filmmakers doing remakes of comparatively recent shows, instead of trying new scripts, fresh ideas.


13 posted on 09/11/2008 7:23:04 PM PDT by Androcles (All your typos are belong to us)
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Did De Niro not know the cast when he showed up at work and saw Gibson? Did they tell De Niro it was someone else and then Gibson jumped out and yelled “Surprise”??? What am I missing here?
14 posted on 09/11/2008 7:27:02 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: macamadamia

Mel may have signed on after DeNiro was cast but Robert’s too professional to walk off a set because he doesn’t like or agree with a fellow actor.


15 posted on 09/11/2008 7:30:15 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: LiberConservative
Mel needs to STFU, go into rehab and go away and disappear for a few years. Period. What an idiot. Speaking from experience

I agree. FReepers who say Hollywierd types should stay out of politics give Mel a pass because he made a movie they could agree with. Mel is as crazy as the rest of them.

16 posted on 09/11/2008 7:31:02 PM PDT by Soliton (> 100)
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To: occamrzr06

Sexist was the term I used in conversation with my wife about this article.


17 posted on 09/11/2008 7:32:05 PM PDT by onlylewis (libs want a two class system, one rich one poor)
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To: occamrzr06
I was trying to figure out racial epitaphs that started with t and end with s.

Epitaph? You make dumb like us look!

18 posted on 09/11/2008 7:34:15 PM PDT by Soliton (> 100)
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To: raybbr
De Niro is a highly overrated hack as an actor. The set is better off without him.

De Niro is legendary. You're smoking crack.

19 posted on 09/11/2008 7:37:16 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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De Niro is legendary. You're smoking crack.

LOL He's played basically the same role for thirty years. He's a hack.

20 posted on 09/11/2008 7:40:16 PM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: Publius804

Friedman has been on an anti-Gibson freakout since he got enrolled in the anti-Passion hysteria during the Boston College script leaking.

Gibson gave him ammo with his drunken tirade, but that was years ago, and Friedman is still bitterly clinging to his animus. Everything in this article is speculation except:

a) DeNiro walked off production of a movie; and
b) Friedman hates Gibson and everything for which he stands.


21 posted on 09/11/2008 7:45:09 PM PDT by Philo-Junius (One precedent creates another. They soon accumulate and constitute law.)
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To: raybbr
"He's played basically the same role for thirty years."

True, but sometimes he does it with a (bad) southern accent.

It tickles me when I hear people talk about "legends",
like James Dean for crap sake (what a bag of zeroes).

22 posted on 09/11/2008 8:16:59 PM PDT by trickyricky
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To: Publius804

Maybe Gibson shouldn’t go to rehab. That way people can continue to think he’s drunk instead of finding out he’s actually crazy.


23 posted on 09/11/2008 8:29:51 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl (Welcome home, former McCain haters and rageaholics!)
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To: LiberConservative
Mel needs to STFU, go into rehab and go away and disappear for a few years. Period.

He did go into rehab and go away and disappear for a few years. His outburst was two years ago.

24 posted on 09/11/2008 8:40:13 PM PDT by ottbmare
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To: Publius804

Okay, am I the only one who’d pay good money to see that fight?


25 posted on 09/11/2008 8:43:03 PM PDT by RichInOC ("Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls...dyin' time's here.")
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To: Publius804

This is ridiculous. Gibson’s problems happened YEARS ago now, long before DeNiro was ever approached to do this movie. I don’t think Bob signed for the part NOT knowing who else was gonna be in it. And I’m sure he didn’t wait til he got to the set and see Mel Gibson and say “that’s it, I won’t work with this guy - I quit...”


26 posted on 09/12/2008 6:10:38 AM PDT by J40000
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