Mel Gibson admitted even he was surprised when he was accepted back into Hollywood after suffering a string of personal troubles, which could have easily ended his career.

Gibson, 61, was accused of going on a string of anti-Semitic and racist outbursts, including the DUI arrest in July 2006 where he was filmed saying “Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” He was also involved in an alleged domestic violence incident with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

However, the actor has now made his big-screen comeback alongside the likes of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, starring in “Daddy’s Home 2”.

Appearing on Friday’s “The Graham Norton Show”, Gibson said of Hollywood accepting his much-publicized issues: “I am surprised, as I have been digging a ditch for the past 10 years. Quite frankly, it’s been a lot of hard work personally and professionally, but the work goes on as I think it does for most of us.”

Gibson then denied that he ever considered giving up his life in the public eye, insisting, “No, you’ve chosen a career and there is a calling, particularly in directing and you just have to get back up there and express yourself through storytelling. That never went away. During those years I was just writing and conceiving stories.”

Stars of ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ appeared on ‘The Graham Norton Show’
Stars of ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ appeared on ‘The Graham Norton Show’

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Will Ferrell, 50, John Lithgow, 72, and Mark Wahlberg, 46, also appeared on the BBC talk show.

Ferrell explained a certain intimate scene in “Daddy’s Home 2”, which left his kids aghast: “My kids were on set for a whole week and I had to do a scene with John where I kissed him on the lips. We had to do 30 takes, we just kept kissing and my kids were slack-jawed!”

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Wahlberg interjected, “It was very funny. I could tell Will was slightly uncomfortable so I just kept encouraging them to kiss more. It made me very happy!”

Gibson and Lithgow recently spoke to ET Canada about “Daddy’s Home 2.” Watch the interview in the clip below.

“Daddy’s Home 2” is in theatres now.