Mel Gibson: Should Hollywood Allow Another Chance?

By: Kimberly Ripley - March 13, 2014

Mel Gibson is hoping his role in The Expendables 3 in 2014 might be his Hollywood redemption. He is reportedly grateful to Sylvester Stallone for giving him this chance in light of his record of rude, drunken behavior and incredibly derogatory–and even anti-Semitic–comments and rants. Some people, however, aren’t so sure that The Passion of the Christ star deserves another chance at Hollywood fame. A journalist, however, is imploring Hollywood to give the actor just one more.

Alison Hope Weiner posted an opinion piece on Deadline.com recently, and claims Mel Gibson is a different man now. The sister of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, some feel the journalist doesn’t quite remember things the way they really happened.

It was back in 2006 when Mel Gibson was arrested for DUI and made a comment about Jews being responsible for causing all the wars. Not long after that headline-maker the actor was recorded verbally abusing his live-in girlfriend and mother of one of his children–Oksana Grigorieva. He was also accused of abusing her physically. Shortly thereafter, Gibson’s own stepmother filed a domestic violence restraining order against him and said she feared for her own life.

Alison Hope Weiner, however, says she got to know Mel Gibson, and that he deserves another chance.

“I’m telling you, my friend Mel Gibson has pulled himself together. He is sober seven years, hitting the gym for a role in an independent film, and thinking positively about the future. It has been 11 years since he was paid by a major studio to star in a film, and he hasn’t directed a studio film since Braveheart won five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. He wasn’t the bad person I thought he was back when I first wrote about him, and I’m telling you, he is now not the person you think he is. As one A-list star told me recently, ‘Mel has spent enough time in the penalty box.'”

She goes on to say he expressed “sincere empathy for the people he’d hurt.” She claims he told her he has “dedicated the last few years to getting to know people in the Jewish community and has quietly dedicated millions to them.”

A couple of imperative questions come to light when reading Ms. Weiner’s opinion piece. Is she on his payroll? And just exactly how well did she get to “know” Mel Gibson?

What do you think? Does Gibson deserve another chance in Hollywood?

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Kimberly RipleyKimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.

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  • http://romancatholicheroes.blogspot.com/ Dolorosa

    I think Mel Gibson should start his own Hollywood and make his own movies. I’m sure he would have much support as so many loved the movie, The Passion of the Christ. Many people don’t even go the movies anymore because of the violence,
    fornication, anti-family, etc.

  • frank

    Everyone is not perfect. Look at the talent. Look at history, thru the years, great one’s have had problems, But you can not excuse talent, regardless of subject. Look at history’s talent and their problems. Why take the chance?

  • liveandlearn

    I definitely think he should be given another chance. I have seen other actors do far worse, but because they are on the ‘correct side’ of the political and non-religious queue, their so called sins are forgiven.
    We hear all the time about actors apologizing and admitting that they know that their careers will come to an end because they believe in God or because they are on the incorrect side of the political arena, and that is just as wrong as when we ran all of the Japanese into the concentration camps only to find that none were ever found to be spies and several, in spite of how they were treated, went on to serve with honor for our country.
    We have got to stop confusing the peoples actions with their lifestyles. He is a religious man, yet he has problems with drinking and anger. Does that make him bad or wrong? No, for years, he was Hollywood’s top biller, and now that all his sins have been ‘aired’ so to speak, he can’t be forgiven. I’m glad our Lord is not so unforgiving, I’m quite sure he has already forgiven him.

  • DrB

    What a dumb question — like it’s up to US to decide Mel’s chances. Get a life Yahoo.

  • WBennett

    Yes, Hollywood should give him another chance. And, no, the writer of the article is not on his payroll. Get serious.

  • SSDD

    Heck, they let the druggies, sex offenders, felons, thieves, and Christian Bashing have several chances in Hollywood, music, sports, etc, so why are the discriminating against the alcoholic Jew hater?
    Can’t we all just get along, and hate everybody equally!

  • Hoppytoo

    Is Hollywood a monolith? If someone wants to make a movie and pay Gibson to act in it, that’s their business. It’s like asking if Detroit should give the Edsel another chance.

  • Wanette Carter

    ANOTHER chance???? Mel Gibson hasn’t done HALF the crap that these Hollywood robots have done, there should have NEVER been a halt in his acting career in the first place!!! He is a GREAT actor, director and PERSON. When he made “Passion of Christ” THAT’S when Hollywood started trying to get rid of him because after all THAT’S (GASP) Christian oriented AND it was popular…..DOUBLE jeopardy!! And that nasty woman he was with is just that…..nasty….money hungry….and a parasite!! I have not and WILL not ever stop watching Mel, in my eyes he’s probably one of (VERY) few in Hollywood who has both talent, AND morals!

    • Lore

      I think what you meant to say was, ” Mel gibson has done MORE than half of these hollywood robots.”
      your welcome

      • Triekgirl7

        No– she said it right! At least he didn’t marry his step daughter, or his step grand daughter- murder anyone, call his baby hideous names, etc. He who is without sin—–

    • SurfinUSA

      The Jews in Hollywood have a 2,000 year burden of being called “Christ Killers.” They don’t want to be reminded of it. They hated Gibson for it and they will never forgive him. His unfortunate anti-Semitic drunken rant gave them all the justification they will ever need to continue black balling him in the movie business.

      The point missed by the Jews and the tragedy of the Jewish disporia is that although Christ came to lead His people the Jews, they rejected Him. But the Jews and Gentiles alike don’t think it is important that the world, all mankind rejected Christ when Pilate washed his hands. The Jews are singled out. Christ’s message of salvation through forgiveness falls on deaf ears and His promise for eternal life by example of His own Resurrection continues to be rejected.

      Mel may suffer earthly loss for creating The Passion of the Christ. Only God knows how many golden crowns Mel will receive in Heaven for daring to go against the world’s grain at his career’s peak.

  • Kevin Young

    SInce Gibson did not rape a child then flee to France to avoid punishment, I say he should get a chance

  • Yoho

    The fact that he has problems in Hollywood proves that he was telling the truth about the ruthless group of inhumans who control it.

  • Michael Kevin McCleary

    Hollywood doesn’t seem to mind funding pedophiles like Roman Polanski and Woody Allen.

  • peapers

    Mel Gibson effed up. No doubt about it. But his crucifixion had nothing to do with what he said or did. It had everything to do with the fact that he leans politically to the right and that he is a devout Catholic. Both of which are serious sins in Hollywood.

  • Reginald

    hey we all did something really stupid once and hopefully He learned from it. Except i am not that rich. Your ashamed you lay low for a while. Until everyone forgets !!

  • Janet Lurker

    Robert Downey Jr. and Charlie Sheen were both in a mess for a while as many others. I do not understand why Gibson should be singled out.

  • Arijembalaw Kole

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    states and all over the world from thes3e evil beings taking money without
    anyone being doinhg anything until al gone into total strvations and poverty,
    deads beinngs. THEY CREATED PERSONELS INFO ‘’FITZGERALDINGS’’ TO ENRICH
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    ALL BEINGS HENS DEN HERE KILLED ALL OF THEM FOR MINERS MURDERING HERE INNOCENT
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    • D’Jean The Queen

      OMG…Nothing left to say after that exercise in free form…I’d love to see you write out a recipe.

    • Trekgirl7

      How about we just unhook you—-

  • wolfiekins

    Gibson is awesome… plus we need a lethal weapon 5. 😀 cause now they kind of are too old for this shit. :)

  • Greg Skaalrud

    How about a new movie for Mel….The Reprehensibles?!

  • Justafan

    if he doesn’t get another chance, then i believe Hollywood and the media is really controlled by the Jews.

  • SurfinUSA

    Mel should get a “get out of Hollywood Jail” card but I’m not optimistic that he will. The Jewish studio heads, producers and powers that are usually don’t pay much attention to their faith until someone seemingly attacks it. These guys black balled Mel.

    They heaped mountains of criticism on Mel at the time of the Passion of the Christ, branding him a militant anti-Semite. Mel may not have been a anti-Semite before the controversy over the Passion but the emotional conflict left deep wounds. I would have felt wounded by the acidic comments made and condemnations.

    Then, pour plenty of alcohol on top of a lifetime of alcoholism, add a policeman and it equals an Anti-Semitic diatribe that confirmed Hollywood’s opinion of Gibson. Mel’s long time marriage ended, his career tanked and evidently the “bolts came off his doors.”

    His behavior with his second wife was inexcusable. I’ve committed similar sins of screaming at a crazy making wife even though I am a mild mannered guy. Some women just know how to pull certain strings to make the wild man come out. It’s not an excuse, just an explanation on how it happens.

    Mel made a funny independent movie last year, “Get the Gringo” that was entertaining and light-hearted. Mel can still act, still direct and could still make money for the studios if they ever drop the “over my dead body” attitude towards him. That’s their choice. In the meantime, I will be looking for Gibson’s next independent project to go see.

    • aren95

      FYI: Mel had no second wife. Just a girlfriend.

      • SurfinUSA

        I stand corrected.

  • GOTCHA18

    It isn’t what he outwardly did, but what is deeply ingrained in his soul. THAT is hateful. Yes, as posted below, there are many who hate the Jews and keep it to themselves even though most of them have never interacted with them, but were taught since they were very young to hate them. Many of my friends who went to bible classes when we were very young were taught that the Jews killed Christ therefore making them persona non grata. Their parents perpetuated this lie. As to Mel, well if the above article is true and he does deeply regret his programming, then perhaps he should be considered for another opportunity. I always went out of my way to watch him in his many movies because he IS a good actor. Hopefully his repentance isn’t also an “act”. And yes you anti-Semites posted down there, Hollywood IS controlled to a great degree by Jews. So What! They also cured you from diseases that killed millions through their research, brilliance and tenacity to serve humanity. Don’t like it? Then don’t vaccinate your children with the medications they developed.

  • kara

    i dont know of anybody, actor or not, who never went through a bad time in their lives or did things they are ashamed of. robert downey jr got a ton of chances in hollywood and has pulled himself together and now has a brilliant carreer! what a loss it would have been if he didnt have that opportunity and we missed out on his movies. mel gibson made great movies and should get to do more of them.

  • Bill Herman

    So doesn’t most everyone deserve another chance. He didn’t murder, rob, cheat, etc anyone. He’s a good and fun actor and a good director.
    There’s all kinds of prejudice people in Hollywood that don’t say so out loud.
    As an exam: They let Jane Fonda back in.

  • Meggers

    The man made a huge mistake- 11 YEARS AGO. Forgive and forget. He has apologized, has apparently pulled his act together, and seems to be redeeming himself for his past transgressions. Really- if he screws up after this he’s finished. Hopefully he’s learned a very hard lesson about people. We all need to realize that there is only one race on this Earth and it’s the Human Race. We all have different beliefs, but we all bleed the same blood. Let him get on with his life.

  • Hypestyles

    Good lord, this Ms. Weiner sounds incredibly sycophantic and overapologetic. I don’t care about Mr. Gibson’s status one way or another. He’s rich enough to live the rest of his life without financial problems. Whether or not he gets another “Hollywood” role is neither here nor there with me.