Yep, you read that right – Mel Gibson has a heart! Of course he sympathizes with Shia LaBeouf. Both of them are batshit insane with nary a thread holding them to the reality of this world. One is a Jew-hating wife beater and the other is a drunk lunatic with an inflated sense of his artistic self, and yet they have more in common than you might think, and Mel knows how difficult it must be for the younger actor.
From Indiewire (via Huffington Post):
“When I see someone like Shia LaBeouf with the bag on his head and stuff, my heart goes out to the poor guy. I think he’s suffering in some way,” Gibson said.
Gibson was referring to an incident in February when LaBeouf showed up to the “Nymphomaniac” premiere with a bag over his head that read “I am not famous anymore.” LaBeouf’s more recent troubles include getting kicked out of a Broadway play and subsequently being arrested by New York police.
“People are in line to sort of point the finger at him and say that he’s this, that, or the other. It’s easy to judge. But I’m sure he’s going through some kind of personal, very painful, cathartic thing that he has to exorcise and get out there,” Gibson continued.
But Gibson is hopeful that LaBeouf will turn his life around.
“He’ll probably play it out and come back … He’ll be all right. I actually like the kid. I think he’s good.”
I dunno, I think Shia might turn his life around, but it will come at the cost of any public career he may have had. The guy is off the map, and it’s probably better that way. Mental illness and show business really do not mix. Mel should know (and yet he’s still making movies).
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Mel Gibson doesn’t like people getting on his nerves. There are many things you could do to annoy him, such as being Jewish, being an ex-girlfriend of his, refusing him alcohol, existing or pulling him over at a routine checkpoint. That last bit is what happened this week – Mel was stopped while driving down the PCH in Malibu with a “female passenger”.
The cops were satisfied that he hadn’t been drinking and let him go, but Mel apparently became enraged by the inconvenience and started screaming. Oh, dear.
We’re told deputies asked Mel if he had been drinking. He said no and cops had no reason to suspect otherwise.
But there was a problem … Cops asked Mel to produce his license, and Mel didn’t have it on him. At that point deputies told Mel to go to a secondary screening spot, and that’s when Gibson got angry. We’re told Mel yelled, “Why are you harassing me?” Deputies asked why Mel was screaming and he responded, “I have had problems with you Lost Hills [Malibu] deputies in the past.”
Things cooled down when deputies let Mel off with a warning.
Hey, does anyone remember Gaby Hoffmann? Don’t act like you didn’t watch Now and Then, like, 800 times – or, you know, Sleepless In Seattle or Field of Dreams. Take your pick. In any case, Gaby worked with Mel Gibson in The Man Without a Face, and I guess he screamed at her like a maniac on set because, well, he’s Mel Gibson and he’s a terrible person.
From Huffington Post Live:
“I think I happened to work with a bunch of slightly difficult male directors when I was a kid, and then there was Nora [Ephron] who stood out like a shining golden goddess.”
“I’ve since worked with lots of male directors that I love so I no longer see the distinction gender-wise, but yeah, it makes all the difference. You’re either in it together or you’re not, and if you’re not, it sucks.”
“I think we can all agree [working with Gibson is] going to be tough for anyone. He screamed at me. Oh God, he really screamed at me – just started cursing and screaming at me.”
“I think I was acting like a kid instead of a professional actor. It happens once in a while when you’re a kid actor.”
Yeah, that sounds like Mel Gibson, for sure. He’s terrible, so I don’t think anyone will be surprised. I guess you have to applaud him for his consistency, though – it doesn’t even matter if you’re a child. Mel Gibson will still treat you like absolute shit. That’s… comforting?