In the cage of condemnation: how Mel Gibson found himself on the edge of failure because of his inner demonsBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/in-the-cage-of-condemnation-how-mel-gibson-found-himself-on-the-edge-of-failure-because-of-his-inner-demons
He was one of the highest-paid Hollywood actors famous all over the world, thanks to numerous cult films, such as "Braveheart" and "Lethal Weapon". But then, after the actor's anti-Semitic statements and a series of violent incidents, Mel Gibson's career went downhill. A talented Australian has fallen into unofficial disgrace on the star Olympus, and producers are afraid to deal with him. Find out how Gibson drove himself into a cage of condemnation and obscurity from our article.
The 64-year-old actor was supposed to voice Rocky in the sequel "Escape from the Chicken Coop", as he did in the original cartoon, filmed in 2000. But Netflix suspended Gibson from filming after Winona Ryder's accusations of anti-Semitism. The actress claims that Mel Gibson asked her at a party in 1995 if she was a Jewish "oven dodger" (oven dodger), alluding to the ovens in which the Nazis burned Jews in death camps. The actor's representative says that all her accusations are untrue.
The struggle with alcoholism constantly interfered with Gibson's career. The actor admitted that he has been drinking since the age of 13. For the first time, he was banned from driving for three months after he crashed a car while intoxicated in Toronto in 1984. Mel tried to overcome his inner demons, but he could not overcome his passion for alcohol.
In the early 90s, Gibson tried to plunge into a career and turned to specialists for help to recover from alcoholism. But in 2006, there was a high-profile incident when the actor was caught driving drunk in California. During the arrest, the actor burst into an anti-Semitic tirade, scolding the officer and calling him a "fucking Jew." He shouted that the Jews were to blame for all the wars. All his tirades were recorded and handed over to the police.
Gibson did not contest the drunk driving charges. When the news leaked to the media, he apologized for the disgusting behavior. After the scandal, the actor was on the "black list" of Hollywood for ten years.
Mel Gibson was accused not only of anti-Semitic statements, but also of anti-Jewish ideas in his films.
In 2012, the screenwriter of "Basic Instinct" Joe Esterhaz said that Gibson postponed the shooting of a film they worked on together because the actor hates Jews. It was a story about a Jewish hero - Judas Maccabee. The writer accused Gibson of anti-Semitic insults, but the actor said that Esterhazy's accusations were "pure lies."
However, there have been a number of other disturbing incidents. In 2013, Gibson said in an interview that he doubted the number of Jews who died during the Holocaust. Even his father, Hutton Gibson, said he considered the Holocaust "fiction."
Mel Gibson's work in cinema has also faced criticism. The acclaimed film "The Passion of Christ", shot by the actor in 2004, was also called anti-Semitic because of the demonization of Jewish characters.
Gibson is accused of intolerance not only for anti-Semitic statements. In 2010, a recording of his quarrel with a former Russian girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva surfaced. He called the woman names and threatened her to burn down the house.
In the same year, Grigorieva obtained an injunction against the actor and accused him of domestic violence. She later stated that she had developed post-traumatic stress disorder due to the conflict.
Despite the fact that the charges of domestic violence were completely dropped, Mel Gibson did not dispute that he beat his former mistress.
Gibson's problems with the law and reputation prevented Gibson from getting good roles like those that were earlier in his career. The infamous voice message he sent to Grigorieva surfaced six months after the release of the film "Retribution". This was the first major role after "Signs", filmed in 2002, but the actor again stepped into obscurity after a scandal with a former mistress.
Professional difficulties worsened after the talent agency William Morris Endeavor refused to cooperate with him after a recording with racist statements surfaced in 2010.
Mikhail Efremov, like Mel Gibson, also cannot cope with his inner demons. Unfortunately, recently it led to the irreparable — because of drunk driving, a man died through his fault.