For nearly a decade Mel Gibson was blacklisted in Hollywood for his erratic behavior and violent, alcohol-fueled, bigoted outbursts that shocked fans and critics alike.
But now, he is set to be welcomed back into the Hollywood fold after a 10-year ‘prison sentence’ for anti-Semitic slurs.
The American actor, 60, had struggled to win over producers and directors in Tinseltown after he made defamatory statements about Jews to an officer who arrested him on a DUI charge in July 2006.
But after teaming up with a gay Jewish producer, David Permut, to direct World War Two-themed Hacksaw Ridge, the door looks set to be left ajar for the Oscar winner after being in so-called ‘director’s jail’ for a decade.
The new movie about a conscientious objector in the war was described by The Hollywood Reporter’s (THR) David Rooney as a ‘forceful comeback … that succeeds in combining horror with grace’.
Producer Permut told THR decided to put prejudice to one side and get to know Gibson.
‘Ask anyone involved with this film – above the line, below the line – they all revered him.
‘The crew would lay in front of the tracks for Mel.
‘It was an amazing experience and a learning experience for me because I got to know the man whom I never really knew.’
‘I think Mel has been misunderstood by people who may not know him, but nobody can take his talent away.
‘Ultimately, I think time heals.’
Watch the video where Gibson sat down with Australia’s Sunday Night Channel 7 to discuss his sordid past and potential return to Hollywood’s good graces as well as the movie, ‘Haksaw Ridge…
Video Credit: Independent Journal Review