In his first exclusive interview, Mel Gibson talks to veteran Hollywood journalist Allison Hope Weiner at his Santa Monica Icon Production Company on Monday to discuss the drama surrounding his troubled personal life.
The actor has had his share of set backs, beginning with his 2006 DUI arrest and drunken anti-Semitic rant, the 2010 allegations of abuse against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, and those rage-fueled tapes, recorded by Grigorieva.
Mel candidly opens up in his interview with Weiner - who writes, "there were no pre-set conditions, no topic off limits, and no ground rules. This is just Mel being Mel."
Here are some highlights from the interview. The full interview is posted on Deadline.com.
Actor Liam Neeson was cast as a tattoo artist, who encounters the film's comic trio -- Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms -- while they are in Bangkok, but is now being replaced by Nick Cassavetes after scheduling conflicts prevented Neeson from doing reshoots.
Neeson originally replaced Mel Gibson when the cast and crew objected to working with the controversial actor.
Variety reports that Neeson wasn't able to do reshoots for "Hangover Part II" because he is currently filming "Clash of the Titans 2."
Director/actress Jodie Foster praised her co-star Mel Gibson at the SXSW film festival premiere of their dramedy "The Beaver."
"He's perhaps the most beloved actor I've worked with in my entire life." Foster told "Extra" about working with Gibson. "Everybody loves Mel."
In the quirky film, Gibson plays a man battling mental illness, who only communicates with his worried family through a beaver hand puppet.
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Actor/director Mel Gibson was expectedly charged Friday with misdemeanor battery stemming from his altercation with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.
Gibson pleaded no contest in a plea deal and will not see any jail time but must perform 16 hours of community service with a philanthropic organization, Mending Kids International, and undergo 52 weeks of counseling. The actor will not get credit for the counseling time he has accrued since January.
His attorney, Blair Berk, said in a previous statement that Gibson pursued a plea agreement with his children in mind, to spare them the media circus that would come with a trial.
It appears that actor Mel Gibson is set to plead no contest to simple battery this Friday, a less serious offense than corporal injury on a spouse. By pleading no contest, Gibson will avoid the more serious charges in the domestic violence case stemming from an ugly fight with Oksana Grigorieva in January 2010, reports TMZ.
The plea deal would also mean that Mel would avoid serving jail time. The deal reportedly involves counseling, which Oksana had previously expressed was necessary.
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The Jodie Foster-directed "The Beaver" follows Mel Gibson playing a depressive man who finds a beaver hand puppet and begins to communicate through it, which at first alienates his wife (Foster) and kids, but they all soon learn a lesson from it. Watch the trailer.
"The Beaver" is aiming for a 2011 U.S. release.