Mel Gibson recently reminisced, on Variety's "Playback" podcast, about the 2006 DUI arrest that nearly derailed his career. You may recall that in leaked audio of that incident, the rather inebriated actor/director can be heard threatening to ruin the life of the officer detaining him, boasting that he controls the city of Malibu, Calif., and claiming that “[t]he Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world!" You know, the stuff we all say when we're drunk.
"It was an unfortunate incident," Gibson, who was on the show to promote his forthcoming war film, Hacksaw Ridge, said of the decade-old scandal. "I was loaded and angry and arrested. I was recorded illegally by an unscrupulous police officer who was never prosecuted for that crime. And then it was made public by him for profit, and by members of—we’ll call it the press. So, not fair. I guess as who I am, I’m not allowed to have a nervous breakdown, ever."
Gibson went on to gripe about people who, for some reason, insist on remembering the horribly anti-Semitic stuff he spouted after getting busted driving around under the influence of "eight double tequilas." Noting that he's "sober" and that the arrest is "a dim thing in the past," he confessed he found it "annoying" that an eruption of latent racism continues to haunt his career. "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,” he said. Hey, wasn't that basically Donald Trump's defense for talking about groping women? Hmmm.
Anyway, Mel, we're very sorry to hear you feel it's "unfair" that anyone holds you accountable for what you said and did as a grown-up millionaire movie star. Perhaps you can take solace in the fact that you're still rich, and famous, and in a position to direct massively successful Oscar-bait films? Oh, and let's not forget the sequel to your Jesus torture-porn epic. Yep, it's a rough life you've got.