Monday, August 07, 2006

More Mel Thoughts

1) Am I the only one paranoid enough to wonder if this whole incident could be a scheme cooked up to manufacture a controversy, in order to create anticipation for an upcoming movie? They say there is no such thing as bad publicity, after all. Gibson had been out of the public eye for a while following THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST. His new movie, APOCALYPTO, is set to come out in December. I know that Barbara Walters-- who made a career out of being a celebrity kiss-ass-- has turned on Mel and said she's not going to see any more of his movies, but I think there's a good chance that more people will see APOCALYPTO than would have before after this whole "drunk driving Jew-baiting" thing plays itself out. (All right-- this is just an out there sort of theory; I don't really believe it myself; still, it would be wild if it turned out that Mad Max and his enemies in the Hollywood "Judocracy" were actually in cahoots all along.)

2) Will Gibson appear on Saturday Night Live in the fall and make fun of himself on national TV? If I were his agent, I'd recommend such a course of action. You know the ratings would be through the roof. Gibson could turn on the goofy, manic charm that was the trademark of some of the more comedic roles of his career, and Americans' hearts would melt. Even Jews would admire his chutzpah. It would be a real "win-win situation" (dontcha just love that expression?) And of course it would get even more people to see APOCALYPTO. In short, complete career rehabiliation would be achieved.

3) By the way, is Gibson still a hunk? I hardly ever hear him referred to as such anymore, but he seems to be holding up against the ravages of age pretty well to me. Still, I don't recall hearing Gibson being called "sexy" in the last three or four years-- in short, not since THE PASSION went into pre-production. Is this what going against the principalites and powers of the age does to a person? Are you stripped of even your sex appeal? Is this the threat they hang over our heads: "Oppose the Zeitgeist, and we'll declare you unsexy, even if you're Mel Gibson"?

4) I admired, and still admire Gibson greatly for going out on a limb to make THE PASSION, and to make it exactly as he wanted to make it (well, except for not giving the subtitle to the "his blood be on us and on our children" line-- his one artistic concession). I always admire anyone who says, "screw you, I'm gonna do it this way; to hell with conventional wisdom and political correctness, etc." I liked how, in his interview with Diane Sawyer, he stubbornly refused to diss his dad Hutton in any way, while implicilty rejecting some of Hutton's more fringe ideas. Now some of the smarmy schlubs and sycophants on certain Catholic blogs are clamoring for Mel to openly denounce his father, as the first step towards personal rehabilitation. It's sickening how a desire to make nice with the smelly little orthodoxies of our time can lead certain weak-minded people to demand that another person turn on his family. Pathetic. Nauseating.


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