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.
This isn't a thread debating his sainthood. Let me reiterate the guy's got issues.
I think people took me too seriously when I said he should start drinking again. I honestly do hope he straightens his life out, but I am displeased with his recent actions. I don't hate or even dislike the man. I am just annoyed with him, and I have put money in his pockets over the years by seeing his films which gives me the right to state my displeasure.
You sir, are the master of understatement.
I've been to Oz once and the UK many times on business. I never went thirsty.
ROTFLOL! Neither did I! Man, can they drink!
No, you wouldn't.
LOL, posting and drinking don't mix. Cell phones and drinking REALLY don't mix, this I know from experience.
Mel has hurt himself a whole lot more than his drunken words have hurt anyone else. Mel will live with his own demons and conscience. I wish him well (sobriety).
On the very few occasions I have, I am quiet and say very little, if anything at all... Alcohol generally ruins me to mirthful company if I have more than two drinks.
There is a reason why it is called "bottled spirits" and it affects different people in different ways, but it always leads to ruin if done to excess...
British soldiers never run from a fight or a pint...
What exactly is everything we stand for over here (apart from conservatism)? Really, I want to know.
Regarding your question, I'm more or less ambivalent on the Israel issue. I support Israel in that it's fighting for its existence from muzzie whackos. However, I'm not an ardent fan compared to others I've seen on this site.
Anyways, what does zionism have to do with what Gibson said? IIRC his comments were directed at jews in general.
Get off your high horse already.
You have CLASS!
" think people took me too seriously when I said he should start drinking again. I honestly do hope he straightens his life out, but I am displeased with his recent actions. I don't hate or even dislike the man. I am just annoyed with him, and I have put money in his pockets over the years by seeing his films which gives me the right to state my displeasure."
Don't believe what you read in the media. FReepers are a living testament to his!
Assuming Mel weighs about 200 that's four beers or thereabouts.
Uhhh...no. That's not EVEN close. It would take at LEAST double that.
You do realize that the legal limit is .08, right?
Yah...you are just totally wrong.
It'll give you .04
Check here if you don't believe me:
It would take 8 beers in an hour to get to .14
That's a cool little calculator. And it makes the point that TIME is an important factor in figuring bac.
Texas Mom: "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."
cornfedcowboy: "Lousy post-you have obviously never been heartbroken due to an alcoholic."
Actually, having known alcoholics and ex-alcoholics, I really do go easy on them. Not that that's going to pacifiy the tigers happy on THIS post! LOL
Thanks for the link. Good information to know.
Libraries would not hold all of the books written on things that people did and said while under the influence.
There are those who claim that whatever is said or done, is exactly what someone would have said or done without the alcohol or drugs, really makes no sense. It would be similar to the claim that anything that a person does or says after getting a drug that many people get before having a colonoscopy, is what they would have said or done.
Drugs and alcohol act to lower our inhibitions, i.e. most sober people would not take off all of our clothes and stand in the middle of an interstate highway, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, many people would have no problem doing that, had they not already passed out.
To coddle one is worse.
The National Enquirer claims Mel Gibson is drinking again.
By Jeannette Walls
Updated: 12:53 a.m. CT Oct 4, 2006
Has Mel Gibson fallen off the wagon?
The star who publicly sought help for his alcoholism less than two months ago was spotted drinking beer in Austin, Texas, according to the upcoming issue of the National Enquirer.
I couldnt believe my eyes. Mel Gibson was swigging a Bud with two adoring young women hanging on his every word, the tab quotes a musician named Steven Smith as saying. Smith claims that the alleged incident occurred at Stubb's Bar-B-Q on Sept. 22 at around 1:15 a.m. According to Smith, about 75 people were at the bar, but Gibson and his group were in an area that was cordoned off so no one could bother him.
Another unnamed source backs up the claim, telling the Enquirer He definitely was drinking Budweiser. I saw him.
Gibson was arrested on a drunk-driving charge on July 28 and erupted in an anti-Semitic tirade. On Aug. 17, he pleaded no contest; he was sentenced to three years probation and went into an out-patient treatment for his alcoholism.
Gibson was in Austin for the screening of his new movie, Apocalypto, but his rep insists that he drank no alcohol during the trip.
The storys not true, spokesman Alan Neirob told The Scoop. He wasnt drinking anything alcoholic.
Four beers AN HOUR
Wrong...his views have not changed.
He has always been anti-war. However, he was and still is a social conservaive.
And he has stated his anti-war views in the past. It's just that many conservatives chose to put him on a pedastal after making The Passion.
I appreciate his pro-life and faith stances. But he has never been in favor of Iraq.
Cough cough HOMO cough cough.
I never try to reform anybody like some ex-smokers do (I'm a smoker and have been an ex-smoker too); cause I don't like telling anyone how to drink or smoke, or chew.
Why don't you watch his interview on Thursday and Friday and than make up your mind about what he has been doing???
Thanks very much.
smoking could take ten years off your life........
smoking and drinking could take 20 years off your life........
But working in an all night convienience store could take 56 years off your life!!!!
I smoke too.
I always thought Mel was one one the few Conservative, Christians in Hollywood.
Can someone post links to some of his anti-President Bush comments?
As much as it will hurt, I'll add him to my Hollywood "will not put a dime in their liberal pockets" list.
True. Fortunately, there's almost no crime where I live. But I always have a shooter close by.
BTW. What are your thoughts on Reid's land transaction deals in Vegas?
"True. Fortunately, there's almost no crime where I live. But I always have a shooter close by."
My CCW is good in 32 states but not California : )
He could start by stopping the Bush-bashing.
It was reported, with pictures, last week he was boozing it up at one of his previews....I don't care about him, and I, too, am a recovering alcoholic. HOWEVER, I don't believe that you say things when you're drunk that are based on nothing. You just don't say, out of the blue, JEWS ARE THE REASON FOR ALL THE BAD THINGS IN THE WORLD if you don't believe it inside. It's preposterous to expect people to accept that defense. And as a recovering drunk, I think you'll understand where I'm coming from
He's hoping that Hollywood will forgive him the Jew thing if he attacks the one person in the world they hate more than anything. It will probably work.
Gibson apologized, and I think that's the end of story. Whether people want to acept his apology, then that is up to the individual. I've asked my Jewish friends what they think, and they slough it off. He said the Hassidic Jews hate his kind of Jew, (sort of like Catholics and Protestants I guess) so he couldn't care less if a Roan Catholic (Gibson) makes disparaging remarks to Jews in general.
Heck, if you could reason, you'd never take the next drink!
I don't do liquor.
Then in that case I hope that conservatives - and that includes Sean Hannity - stop defending him. Gibson is a skunk. and O'Reilly's defense of him was also lame. Last night he tried to get Geraldo Rivera, who is Jewish, to forgive Gibson because Gibson had been drinking when he mouthed off, and Rivera, eloquently said, NO WAy! For once, Geraldo is right: Gibson used the classic anti-Semitic Jews control the world attack and this was not a sudden drunken thought on his part. As for "forgiving him", I leave that to individual people - I simply do not trust the Gibson forgiveness tour because I think he regrets that he was caught - period. And he has never denounced his father's terrible, terrible Holocaust denial. The apple did not fall far from the tree.
He opposes the Iraq War, as everyone should.
Why do you hate such a great man?
Mel Gibson is a socially conservative Christian who opposes the Iraq War. Good for him in both respects.