Skip to comments.Mel Gibson Did It Again!
Posted on 10/19/2006 4:01:14 PM PDT by flixxx
Never before had I made an intercontinental flight to see a movie. But that's what I did this month when I accepted Mel Gibson's invitation to preview and critique his new film Apocalypto, scheduled to appear in theaters on December 8th.
I didn't make the trek across the ocean for entertainment value. My work as a consultant on and off the set of Gibson's Passion of the Christ, gave me a new appreciation of the power of well-made, serious, and widely-distributed movies. They influence culture. They affect the way we think about the story they tell. Sometimes they warp our view of history or of humanity. Other times they inform, inspire, and challenge. But they always leave a mark.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
OH...and the title of the article is a little misleading...sorry but it is the actual title of the Father's story/review.
I watched Braveheart again last night. It's still a great movie as was The Patriot.
The title had me worried...
Did he repeat his line that the "Jews are to blame"?
Yeah, I thought it was referring to another drunken outburst.
Really, really funny. You are probably a stand up comedian.
Tell ya what. Let's all get stinkin' drunk, hit the road, get arrested by the police, and tape record what we say to them....
I look forward to seeing Apacalypto, with the dramatic weather changes on the planet and the Mayan Prediction of 2012, as well as the scientific views on the Sunspot theory of 2012 I think this will be a magnetic film!
Olmecs this time.
Film star and director Mel Gibson has launched a scathing attack on US President George W Bush, comparing his leadership to the barbaric rulers of the Mayan civilisation in his new film Apocalypto.
The epic, due for release later this year, captures the decline of the Maya kingdom and the slaughter of thousands of inhabitants as human sacrifices in a bid to save the nation from collapsing.
Gibson reveals he used present day American politics as an inspiration, claiming the government callously plays on the nation's insecurities to maintain power.
He tells British film magazine Hotdog, "The fear-mongering we depict in the film reminds me of President Bush and his guys".
Interesting that this positive review is from a member of the Roman Catholic clergy.
I remember the English complaining about "Braveheart." Then there were the ludicrously unsupported claims of "The Passion of the Christ" being anti-Jew.
How could this movie not portray the Spanish invaders darkly?
I hope, and almost trust, that Gibson of all directors wouldn't use the historical events of his story for the typical, cheap-shot slander of Christianity, that would come from most in the entertainment media.
after that post, I will not watch another Mel Gibson film.
hmmmm.... isn't mel short for melvin ?
I won't be seeing a movie by this slug when he claims America is on the verge of collapse, that the war in Iraq constitutes "human sacrifice" by the president and when he continually attacks those things that I support, not to mention the fact he showed himself to be a drunken bigot. Good riddance Mel! You're dead to me.
Yes...I have read that he went off on Bush and the administration...no big suprise as he is a Hollywood (albiet via Australia) actor...
I do not have to like his politics (I wish he and most all other poorly informed, self-righteous actors and film-industry workers would just 'shut up and sing/act/whatever') to still think his movies could be important for their own merits.
It is only if he starts infusing his flicks with rants similar to what he says in person that I will stay away...probably will not see this in the theater anyway...will wait for the DVD to rent.
Being someone who can stand out as a man whose mansion is probably not on the Israel-hating Islamists' top target lists...
...I think it would be a good idea for him to shut his cocktail hole about the President's leadership in the Global War on Terror.
I hope it's a great success!
Coming soon if conservatives sit out elections over the next few years.
Nor will I. In fact, I offer a public apology to anyone here that I offended when I supported him for his stupid drunken rant
Agreed 100%. His others did nothing for me.
That's drunk in my book. It's also very racially and religiously insulting and incendiary -- which, since as I gather he had ascertained the that officer was Jewish, it is clear he intended.
The real patriots are the quiet, real men who rise to the occasion when their countrymen need them. I suppose Mel just played one in the movies.
Human sacrifice is more accurately described as what the jihadists practice in their barbaric torturings and beheadings of innocent people.
I thought that was a Paris Hilton line?
" And that comment is so lame."
Posted on 10/14/2006 6:50:10 PM PDT by familyop
Hollywood superstar tells Good Morning America last summers anti-Semitic outburst grew out of his concerns over violence raging between Israel, Hizbullah
Actor Mel Gibson says his drunken, anti-Semitic outburst at police this past summer may have stemmed in part from lingering resentment he harbored over the barrage of Jewish criticism leveled at his 2004 film The Passion of the Christ.
In an interview aired Friday on ABCs Good Morning America, Gibson also suggested that his statement to police that Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world grew out of his concerns over the violence raging between Israel and Hizbullah in Lebanon at the time.
But the 50-year-old star told interviewer Diane Sawyer he was ashamed of the things he said during his July 28 arrest for driving while intoxicated.
Asked by Sawyer, What are the Jews responsible for?, Gibson replied, Theyre not blameless in the (Mideast) conflict, then added: Now when youre loaded ... the balance of how you see things comes out the wrong way.
Let me be real clear, here. In sobriety here, in front of you, national television ... that I dont believe that Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world, Gibson told Sawyer. I mean, thats an outrageous, drunken statement.
And he denied being influenced by the views of his father, Hutton Gibson, a Holocaust skeptic who has said publicly he doubts 6 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis.
The interview, run over two days, concluded with Gibson saying he needed to heal myself and to allay the fears of others and heal them if they had any wounds from something I may have said.
'Thin line between explanation and excuses'
Two years ago, Gibson fought off charges of anti-Semitism surrounding his film The Passion, a blood-soaked portrait of Jesus crucifixion that Jewish leaders claimed would incite hatred and even violence toward Jews.
I was subjected to a pretty brutal public beating, Gibson recalled. The film came out and, you could have heard a pin drop. Not even the crickets werent chirping. But the other thing I never heard was one single word of apology.
I thought I dealt with that stuff. But the human heart can bear the scars of resentment, and it will come out when youre overwrought and you take a few drinks, he said.
Reaction from Jewish leaders to Gibsons TV appearance was mixed, with some saying they felt his explanations for his conduct rang hollow.
Kenneth Jacobson, deputy national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said he was heartened by Gibsons closing statement, and particularly touched when the actor said, The last thing I want to be is that kind of monster.
But I felt that when Diane Sawyer was probing about why he did it, there was a problem because there is a thin line between explanation and excuses, and some of it came close to excuses, Jacobson said.
The following was sardonically funny (and sad, given the number of hits beyond what serious defense posts get). Joan Rivers is a voting, contributing Republican. ...ironic, no?
Rivers: 'Gibson should die'
There was a time when I was, too.
The line was Mel Gibson's, not mine! :-)
Again, the words were Mel Gibson's, not mine.
Amen Mike... He is no longer in existence to me.
yeah, the headline made me think he'd pulled another drunken anti-semitic escapade.
I am pretty cynical about most of the entertainment industry...from the article:
The interview, run over two days, concluded with Gibson saying he needed to heal myself and to allay the fears of others and heal them if they had any wounds from something I may have said.
I think he only want to 'allay the fears' of his distributors for the movie, press and critics, and the public who will go to see his movie...ie he is worried about $$$$$. Again, it seems that 'Apocalypto' could be a pretty good movie with some nice themes. Like most any piece of art (book, film, poem, music) one can look for underlying themes and hidden meanings.
Maybe Gibson really is worried about Global Warming and the Bush administration ruining the U.S. and world...and those are the key themes he meant to convey in the movie...if he made a good film then it should be able to be viewed on various levels and so long as he does not beat me over the head with his opinions (as so many less talented filmmakers and writers do) then the movie still can be enjoyed and I can disagree with its meaning.
The way it looks, his film could really be a bust, however as he has alienated many on this website and certainly is not going to get an overwhelming number of viewers from New York or the Blue states to attend his movie.
Its probably a good movie, and I probably won't see it.
The best explanation is that Mayan civilization collapsed long before any Spanish invaders arrived. Maybe you're thinking of the Aztecs.
I did too. Despite its historical inaccuracies, it is.
"Some people never grow up."
Not according to the verified (not anonymous) reports that I've seen. And I've seen the police report, unless it's been amended since the initial (criminal) leak?
That's my entire point. If you want to make this type of attack on someone, at the minimum supply the link to where you got the stuff you're basing it on. Or don't you understand the concept of "the web?"
There's lots of stuff out there that I'm not willing to accept as fact. Particularly when the people peddling it have a clear agenda. Then when others repeat that junk as "fact" I react. If you have any verifiable evidence I'm happy to entertain it. Unsubstantiated character assassination is just crap.
I'm willing to be convinced, but the more anonymous sources I see cited as "proof" the more I doubt the original charges. And I'm particularly bothered when someone states something as bald "fact," "assumed Truth," without any substantiation, and that makes me question those who post them all the more. That may be a question of their motives, their competence or their work ethic, it's all the same to me. Prove me wrong. I actually am anxious for you to do so. This is what I enjoy the most about FR. I want to be proved wrong. The key there is "proved."
"He tells British film magazine Hotdog, "The fear-mongering we depict in the film reminds me of President Bush and his guys"." ~ familyop
He's doing his pentance to get back into the good graces of Hollywood". The evidence:
Bottomline excerpt from item below: "...Last night, a senior Tinseltown studio executive told the Mail: 'Mel Gibson better get down on his knees and eat dirt because he has made some very important enemies.' Indeed, there is already talk that distribution companies and cinemas may be reluctant to take on future Gibson projects because of fears of a backlash from Jewish groups.
And the influential U.S. Jewish Anti-Defamation League has wasted no time wading in to say that his apology is not enough and that Gibson should be ostracised by Hollywood. ....."
Mel Gibson's meltdown
by PAUL SCOTT, Daily Mail Last updated at 09:45am on 1st August 2006
"...he unleashed a hate-filled anti-Semitic rant, saying: 'F****** Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.' ... asked an officer: 'Are you a Jew?' before beginning another four-letter onslaught.
...Last night, a senior Tinseltown studio executive told the Mail: 'Mel Gibson better get down on his knees and eat dirt because he has made some very important enemies.' Indeed, there is already talk that distribution companies and cinemas may be reluctant to take on future Gibson projects because of fears of a backlash from Jewish groups.
And the influential U.S. Jewish Anti-Defamation League has wasted no time wading in to say that his apology is not enough and that Gibson should be ostracised by Hollywood. .....
This is not, it should be said, the first time he has landed in hot water over his hard-line views. He has been pilloried for his outspoken views on homosexuality and his membership of the fundamentalist sect The Traditional Catholic Movement.
HIS uncompromising approach has led him to reveal that he expects Robyn - his wife of 26 years and the mother of his seven children - will go to hell when she dies because she is a member of the Church of England, rather than a Roman Catholic.
...Much of this dogmatic approach can be traced back to Gibson's domineering father, Hutton, now 87, a Biblical scholar who force-fed his ten children his own skewed approach to Catholicism. He condemns the Sixties modernisation of the Church and the ending of the Latin mass, and rejects the legitimacy of all Popes for the past 40 years. Gibson Snr, a New Yorker who relocated his family to Australia when Mel was 12 to avoid his sons being drafted to Vietnam, has also made a string of bizarre public pronouncements, including that burning heretics is an act of 'charity', that the Holocaust never happened and that Al Qaeda had nothing to do with the September 11 attacks on New York.
Hardly surprising, then, that his son, who has steadfastly refused to denounce the majority of his father's propaganda (although he has said he believes the Holocaust did happen), has been tarred with the same brush.
....The pious Gibson immediately invested £5 million in building his own Catholic church in the Agoura Hills, on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
The lavish Holy Family's chapel, which is run by Gibson's Icon production company, has an unlisted phone number and keeps its exact location a secret for fear of becoming the target of unwelcome attention. Those attending services are asked not to divulge any details of their worship or the church's famous benefactor. Women entering are instructed to keep their heads covered at all times.
The couple's children, whose privacy the star has steadfastly sought to protect, are all said to be deeply involved in the Church. Indeed, four years ago their only daughter Hannah, now 25, joined a religious order in America to train as a nun. ..."
I thought it was going to say that Mel got drunk again and cussed the Jews. LOL! Now, the article won't be so bad, no matter what it is. :o)
TMZ has learned that Mel Gibson went on a rampage when he was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunk driving, hurling religious epithets. TMZ has also learned that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department had the initial report doctored to keep the real story under wraps.
TMZ has four pages of the original report prepared by the arresting officer in the case, L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy James Mee. According to the report, Gibson became agitated after he was stopped on Pacific Coast Highway and told he was to be detained for drunk driving Friday morning in Malibu. The actor began swearing uncontrollably. Gibson repeatedly said, "My life is f****d." Law enforcement sources say the deputy, worried that Gibson might become violent, told the actor that he was supposed to cuff him but would not, as long as Gibson cooperated. As the two stood next to the hood of the patrol car, the deputy asked Gibson to get inside. Deputy Mee then walked over to the passenger door and opened it. The report says Gibson then said, "I'm not going to get in your car," and bolted to his car. The deputy quickly subdued Gibson, cuffed him and put him inside the patrol car.
TMZ has learned that Deputy Mee audiotaped the entire exchange between himself and Gibson, from the time of the traffic stop to the time Gibson was put in the patrol car, and that the tape fully corroborates the written report.
Once inside the car, a source directly connected with the case says Gibson began banging himself against the seat. The report says Gibson told the deputy, "You mother f****r. I'm going to f*** you." The report also says "Gibson almost continually [sic] threatened me saying he 'owns Malibu' and will spend all of his money to 'get even' with me."
The report says Gibson then launched into a barrage of anti-Semitic statements: "F*****g Jews... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Gibson then asked the deputy, "Are you a Jew?"
The deputy became alarmed as Gibson's tirade escalated, and called ahead for a sergeant to meet them when they arrived at the station. When they arrived, a sergeant began videotaping Gibson, who noticed the camera and then said, "What the f*** do you think you're doing?"
A law enforcement source says Gibson then noticed another female sergeant and yelled, "What do you think you're looking at, sugar tits?"
We're told Gibson took two blood alcohol tests, which were videotaped, and continued saying how "f****d" he was and how he was going to "f***" Deputy Mee.
Gibson was put in a cell with handcuffs on. He said he needed to urinate, and after a few minutes tried manipulating his hands to unzip his pants. Sources say Deputy Mee thought Gibson was going to urinate on the floor of the booking cell and asked someone to take Gibson to the bathroom.
After leaving the bathroom, Gibson then demanded to make a phone call. He was taken to a pay phone and, when he didn't get a dial tone, we're told Gibson threw the receiver against the phone. Deputy Mee then warned Gibson that if he damaged the phone he could be charged with felony vandalism. We're told Gibson was then asked, and refused, to sign the necessary paperwork and was thrown in a detox cell.
Deputy Mee then wrote an eight-page report detailing Gibson's rampage and comments. Sources say the sergeant on duty felt it was too "inflammatory." A lieutenant and captain then got involved and calls were made to Sheriff's headquarters. Sources say Mee was told Gibson's comments would incite a lot of "Jewish hatred," that the situation in Israel was "way too inflammatory." It was mentioned several times that Gibson, who wrote, directed, and produced 2004's "The Passion of the Christ," had incited "anti-Jewish sentiment" and "For a drunk driving arrest, is this really worth all that?"
We're told Deputy Mee was then ordered to write another report, leaving out the incendiary comments and conduct. Sources say Deputy Mee was told the sanitized report would eventually end up in the media and that he could write a supplemental report that contained the redacted information -- a report that would be locked in the watch commander's safe.
Initially, a Sheriff's official told TMZ the arrest occurred "without incident." On Friday night, Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore told TMZ: "The L.A. County Sheriff's Department investigation into the arrest of Mr. Gibson on suspicion of driving under the influence will be complete and will contain every factual piece of evidence. Nothing will be sanitized. There was absolutely no favoritism shown to this suspect or any other. When this file is presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney, it will contain everything. Nothing will be left out."
On Saturday, Gibson released the following statement: "After drinking alcohol on Thursday night, I did a number of things that were very wrong and for which I am ashamed. I drove a car when I should not have, and was stopped by the LA County Sheriffs. The arresting officer was just doing his job and I feel fortunate that I was apprehended before I caused injury to any other person. I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. I am deeply ashamed of everything I said. Also, I take this opportunity to apologize to the deputies involved for my belligerent behavior. They have always been there for me in my community and indeed probably saved me from myself. I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry. I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse. I apologize for any behavior unbecoming of me in my inebriated state and have already taken necessary steps to ensure my return to health."