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|The pearly gates|Mad Max Mel Gibson (1956–) is an American actor and filmmaker who, when he's not starring in beloved film franchises and winning more awards than you can shake a fist at, is at various times an alcoholic anti-Semite and racist, a homophobe, an abusive boyfriend, and, along with his father, the founder of his own little bizarre sedevacantist Catholic sect. He directed and produced the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ, which is conveniently a very neat and tidy cross-section of his life, career, and beliefs.
Prior to going more than a little off the rails, he did have a sterling film career, having starring roles in the Mad Max and Lethal Weapon series, and the Academy Award-winning (but stunningly inaccurate) Braveheart, with the pinnacle of his career being in 2000 when he voiced Rocky in Nick Park's animated epic, Chicken Run. (Oh how the mighty have fallen!)
From the 1990s he also carved out a career as director and/or star of a series of historical epics that often took a hilariously pseudohistorical approach to important topics such as Scottish independence (Braveheart, 1995), the American Revolution (Roland Emmerich's The Patriot, 2000), the Vietnam War (Randall Wallace's We Were Soldiers, 2002), pre-Colombian civilization (Apocalypto, 2006), pacifism in World War Two (Hacksaw Ridge, 2016), as well as Jesus.
During an interview with the Spanish newspaper El País in 1991, Gibson stated he quit the mainstream Catholic Church because it had become "too liberal." When asked about homosexuals, he responded, in a most eloquent fashion, by stating that "[homosexual individuals] take it up the ass." He then laughed, got up, bent over, pointed to his butt, and continued, "This is only for taking a shit."
As Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle said of Gibson: "When they were making Braveheart, everyone said, 'Oh it's ridiculous, Mel Gibson playing a Scottish guy, that's not gonna be very convincing.' And look at him now: an alcoholic racist."
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The famous hissy fit
On 28 July 2006,
Mad Max Gibson was arrested for a DUI while speeding in his vehicle with an open container. Gibson first told the arresting officer, "My life is over. I'm fucked. Robyn's going to leave me." According to the arrest report, Gibson then added "Fucking Jews... the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."
Since then he has proven himself an all-round asshole in many ways. He left threatening phone calls for his girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and was sentenced to 3 years' probation after hitting her. His stepmother filed a restraining order against him in 2012.
Completely unrelated to the Gibson's Law used in the worlds of law and PR, Mel Gibson's Law states that a reference to Braveheart or the Battle of Banockburn in the midst of a discussion regarding Scottish independence becomes more and more likely as the discussion stretches on. Formally stated: "As the length of a discussion regarding Scottish independence approaches infinity, the mathematical probability that a reference to Braveheart or Banockburn is made approaches 1."
Philanthropy and environmental concerns
On a bright side, however, he's a big philanthropist. Despite his recalcitrant anti-semitism, Gibson has secretly donated money to Holocaust survivors. In 2004, he also donated 10 million dollars to the The Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA and to the Jewish Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and in the previous year he helped to pay for the restoration of Renaissance artwork. Despite, or maybe because, of his alcoholism, Mel Gibson also supports the non-profit charitable organization Angels at Risk, focuses on the issue of drug and alcohol use and abuse in kids and teens.
Mel is also known for his environmental advocacy and has raised funds to save the rainforest and ancient Mayan ruins in Central America.
- 17 Craziest Bits From Joe Eszterhas' Heaven and Mel, The Daily Beast (A shortish treatise about Gibson's appalling behavior as those two bad boys fail to make a movie about the Maccabees.)
- Mark Dice, thinking he knows everything
- Mel Gibson Donates $1 Million to His Private Church
- Inside Mel Gibson's Church
- On the real Hacksaw Ridge, a voice is heard: beware the fake glamour of war, The Guardian, 5 Feb 2017
- Braveheart: dancing peasants, gleaming teeth and a cameo from Fabio, Alex von Tunzelmann, The Guardian, 30 Jul 2008
- The Many Historical Facts The Movie ‘Braveheart’ Got Wrong… And One It Got Right, War History Online
- Top 10 Historically Misleading Films, Time, 26 Jan 2011
- Apocalypto a distorted view of Mayan history, Northwestern University, Feb 2007
- Winona Ryder: Mel Gibson called me an 'oven dodger'
- Mel Gibson, Circa 1992, “Refuses to Apologize to Gays”, San Francisco Bay Times. 2006 August 17.
- Boyle on the Scots
- Mel Gibson has poured another $15.2 million into his controversial private church in California's exclusive beachside suburb of Malibu.
- Whisper Only Upon Brangelina, Oh Ye Wayward Flock!, CelebEdge. 2009 February.
- Mel Gibson breaks silence on domestic violence scandal, Reuters, Apr 22, 2011
- Mel Gibson's stepmother files restraining order against him, Reuters in The Independent (UK), 4 July 2012
- Gibson's Law, sco.wikipedia.org. 2016 July.
- Mel Gibson's support of Holocaust survivors is a reminder that people can change
- Mel Gibson ‘secretly donating money to Holocaust survivors’ following anti-Semitic rant
- Mel Gibson Donates $10 Million to Los Angeles Hospitals for International Charity Care
- Sting, Mel Gibson to help restore Italian art
- Angel at Risk Crew
- Mel Gibson battles to save the rainforest