Skip to comments.Mel Gibson tells Diane Sawyer he hasn't had a drink in 65 days
Posted on 10/10/2006 9:51:24 PM PDT by freedom44
LOS ANGELES Mel Gibson calls his anti-Semitic rant following his arrest for drunk driving in July "the stupid ramblings of a drunkard."
In an interview with Diane Sawyer set to air on "Good Morning America" on Thursday and Friday, Gibson says while staying sober is a struggle, he has not had a drink in 65 days.
He adds that he plans to continue making movies and working to heal himself and those he offended.
In a partial transcript of the interview released by A-B-C, Gibson says "All you can do is take another step, keep breathing."
The interview with Sawyer is the first time Gibson has spoken to the media since sparking a scandal by unleashing what he later called "vitriolic and harmful words" during his arrest.
Dang - Hey Mel - come over to my house and I'll break out the Jack Daniels and some cigars.
Diane Sawyer hasn't drank in 65 days??? lol!
Hey! Can I come too? ;)
Where drunkard is .14 BAC.
Assuming Mel weighs about 200 that's four beers or thereabouts.
If Mel is four beers away from seeing Jews hiding under the wainscotting he was never that far away to begin with.
Really? What about his bashing Bush on the Iraq War?
Or did they mean the first time he's spoken openly about being anti-semitic?
Gibson is outing himself as a true a$$hole.
As someone who battled alcoholism from age 26, to age 35, I can honestly say that during that time, I said and did things that I am profoundly sorry for. I "snapped" when my wife left me, and stayed in a drunken state for 9 years. I made a lot of money during that time, but personally, I was an emotional "basket case" . I overcame it by turning my problems over to God, and He saw me though. To pick on an alcoholic is no less cruel than picking on someone with alsheimers disease.
Congratulations in overcoming it.
Thank you very much.
Gee, how'd he do that? By bending over backwards apologizing? What's been said has been said. What do you want the guy to do--become a hermit and remove himself from the world?
I know! He should be executed for his offensive speech. /sarc
Thank you for posting your story, and especially in this atmosphere. The people on this board, most of who proclaim to be Christian, on this issue truly sicken me. Mr. Gibson obviously made a hideous mistake, apologized twice, immediatley went into rehab, and is trying to get help. I would like to hear what some of the people on this board say when they get drunk.
Again, thank you for telling your story. God bless you.
Congrats on your sobriety!!! It does work if you work it and I sure hope Mel can stay sober, one day at a time.
Gibson is anti-everything we stand for over here. Excuse me. I'm sorry. I should have asked first. Are you anti-Zionist?
I imagine it is very hard for someone who has never had this problem to understand how profoundly it takes over your ability to reason. I thank you for your post, and appreciate your compassion.
Bless you and you have mail.
As bad as she looks, she needs to drink, we're more concerned about you Mel!
Yeah Mel and when you first get sober one of the first things you learn is to shut your mouth and open your ears. Too bad in your first 65 days you were unable to do even do this. Unfortunate. Best of luck. You're going to need it.
What a horrendous thing to say. Even jokingly you never offer a drink of alcohol to an alcoholic who is trying to quit.
Why not take and gun and shot him and get it over with.
Congratulations on your accomplishment..
You are not even close:
He's got his delusion liberal friends in LALA Land now. He's completely lost this demographic--with maybe a few exceptions. IMHO
No, you wouldn't.
Maybe he should start again. He's turned into a lefty since he quit.
Might as well hand Mel a gun when drunk.
He is a real lefty because he disagrees with one thing on the Bush agenda? And you want an alcoholic to start drinking again because he disagrees with you? That says a lot more about you than it does about him!!!
And yes, he is a conservative, he was supporting the most conservative canidate in the country, Tom McClintock, for Lieutanent Govenor or California. He is conservative on every issue.
Showed me who is still in charge in his life (t'ain't God) and that his ego deflation seemed non-existant. As we both know this is a critical shift that has to happen at one point if one is to achieve long term sobriety.
Although I think it is wise to be empathic for his struggles, there are also real consequences for his behavior when he puts down the alcohol. He know longer have the excuse of alcohol--just shows his recovery is very, flimsy, as his big ego is still in charge--not a good sign for a recoverying alcoholic.
I just pray that he stays sober, finds God, turns his will and life (and mouth) over, works the steps daily and helps other. Congrats on your recovery!!
Afterall didn't President Bush overcome this only when he was 40?!? It's easy to speak hard to overcome from what I hear.
I had a relative who was dead at the age of 38 from alcoholism. That's why the subject touches a nerve for me.
"I just pray that he stays sober, finds God, turns his will and life (and mouth) over, works the steps daily and helps other. Congrats on your recovery!!"
I congradulate President Bush for his having overcome alcoholism. He made a judgement call that his wife and kids needed a sober father, and by God he did it!
The war in Iraq is more than one thing in the Bush agenda, and Gibson attacked the war for his own selfish PR/Damage Control. He also said Jews caused all of the wars throughout history. That sounds like the leftist propaganda spouted by extremists on every colege campus in the country.
I do not seriously hope he starts drinking again. I was joking. I don't concern myself with what Gibson does in his personal life unless it effects other people. Gibson showed no concern for anyone other than himself when he decided to get completely drunk and drive. Then he tries to improve his image by attacking our efforts in Iraq.
I am also not buying into this mentality that Gibson is the victim and alcohol is to blame. I hope he does straighten his life out, but he needs to worry about his own problems rather than attacking US foreign policy.
Lousy post-you have obviously never been heartbroken due to an alcoholic.
I'll smoke a cigar with you. But I don't drink anymore.
Spent eight days in an ICU having ethanol detox seizures. Hallucinating and nightmares... awful.
Go easy on ex alcoholics.
"One drink is too much, and 10,000 is not enough..."
"Maybe he should start again. He's turned into a lefty since he quit."
Mel is a lefty like my ex wife was devoted!
B T T T Been there, done that!!
"In describing its portrait of a civilization in decline, Gibson said, "The precursors to a civilization that's going under are the same, time and time again," drawing parallels between the Mayan civilization on the brink of collapse and America's present situation."
"What's human sacrifice," he asked, "if not sending guys off to Iraq for no reason?"
Darn! I was hoping I could attribute his crazy comments comparing the Iraq war to human sacrifice to alcoholism!
See post 39.
Well......10,000 might be enough : )
Friend, this makes two of us. See my post on this thread. I'll FReepmail you when I feel up to it.
There is actuall only one line in there. That one line compare the war in Iraq to Mayan human sacrifice. That surpases some of Hollywoods most outrageous claims.
Absolutely, completely, utterly (adverbially :-) AGREE!!
Yeah. But we know better now. Even my ex-drinkin' buddies are supportive, and are turning introspective. I keep my yap shut... it's one man's decision.
"Yeah. But we know better now. Even my ex-drinkin' buddies are supportive"
Well, I don't know about my ex drinking buddies, but they are indeed supportive. Aussies and UK dudes love their beer : )
"Even my ex-drinkin' buddies are supportive, and are turning introspective"
I hope their introspection proves cathartic!