Months after being arrested for driving under the influence, actor/director Mel Gibson has made his first public interview. He chose to make his appearance on the Good Morning Show with Diane Sawyer.
The actor says that he has been sober for 65 days but that each day is a struggle. The actor appeared shamefaced as he talked about the “despicable” (as he calls it) words that he uttered to the police officers as they arrested him last July 28 in Malibu, a day that Mel Gibson will definitely remember. He said that his anti-semetic words were nothing more than the stupid ramblings of a drunken idiot which unfortunately was made into world news.
Mel Gibson had been having problems with alcoholism for years. He had one previous DUI arrest in 1984 when he rear ended a car. He joined Alcoholics Anonymous in 1991. He claims that he had been sober for years until about two months before that unforgettable summer day he uttered his bigoted words.
He agreed to the interview because he says he didn’t want to be that kind of monster. He says that he will continue to make films and work to heal himself and those he offended. He knows that there will be many in Hollywood who will refuse to work with him because of the incident.
“I feel sad because they’ve obviously been hurt, frightened and offended enough to feel they have to do that”, he says. “Um, and it’s their choice. there’s nothing I can do about that”.
Mel Gibson’s latest directorial offering entitled Apocalypse is scheduled for release in December. He is sure to be hoping that enough people will be non-judgemental or forgiving enough to still watch his film.
[tags] entertainment,news, Mel Gibson, Drunk Driving, Diane Sawyer, The Good Morning Show [/tags]
Originally posted on October 12, 2006 @ 3:06 pm