It’s been 10 years since Mel Gibson was arrested for driving under the influence and recorded making anti-Semitic comments during a tirade. Now, the Oscar-winning actor is calling the current attention on his actions “really unfair”.
Gibson, who hasn’t directed a film since 2006’s “Apocalypto”, is once again back behind the camera – and in front of the press – for the World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge”, starring Andrew Garfield as real-life conscientious objector Desmond Doss, an army medic who refused to carry a gun while deployed.
“Ten years have gone by,” Gibson tells Variety‘s podcast. “I’m feeling good. I’m sober, all that kind of stuff, and for me it’s a dim thing in the past. But others bring it up, which kind of I find annoying, because I don’t understand why after 10 years it’s any kind of issue. Surely if I was really what they say I was, some kind of hater, there’d be evidence of actions somewhere. There never has been.”
“I’ve never discriminated against anyone or done anything that sort of supports that reputation,” he adds. “And for one episode in the back of a police car on eight double tequilas to sort of dictate all the work, life’s work and beliefs and everything else that I have and maintain for my life is really unfair.”
Gibson hopes to keep the attention away from his past personal troubles and onto his return to the director’s chair with the new drama.
“You try to keep the rust off, although I kind of had to blow the cylinders out on this one,” he says. “But it was great to get back in the chair, and it’s like riding a bike. Except now, 10 years later, the budgetary limitations and the time limitations, the challenges are greater in that regard. So you have to go in and be far more judicious about how you shoot and what you shoot. But it’s not the same industry it was. If you’re not making a superhero movie about someone in spandex, nobody gives you a budget.”
“Hacksaw Ridge” opens in theatres on November 4.