Mel Gibson became very defensive and almost aggressive during a recent junket interview for his new movie Edge of Darkness when questioned by veteran newscaster Sam Rubin.
In a clip from the interview, shown on KTLA 5 Los Angeles, Gibson is seen being interviewed by Rubin along with co-star Ray Winston.
Rubin says everything started off fine, exchanging pleasantries but then the tone changed when Rubin mentions Gibson’s anti-Semitic rant that he went on following his now infamous arrest for drink driving.
Gibson starts out nicely enough talking about his career comeback, saying that this is his first film “in front of the camera” in “7 or 8 years to star in” and explaining that he felt he was getting “a bit stale” and that he chose to “walk away”.
But Gibson visibly changes when Rubin says to the devout Catholic actor, “Some people will welcome you back, some people will say you should never come back.”
A testy Gibson fires back with, “Why?” And Rubin goes on to explain, “Because of what happened before.” “What happened?” Gibson demands. “The remarks that were attributed to you,” Rubin says.
Gibson, defensively, and some would say aggressively, replies with, “The remarks that were ATTRIBUTED to me. I didn’t necessarily make those comments.”
He then goes on to question Rubin, “I gather you have a dog in this fight? Do you have a dog in this fight? Or are you impartial?” Seemingly alluding to the fact that Rubin is Jewish.
According to a leaked police report, when Gibson was arrested for drink driving back on July 28th 2006, he unleashed a bizarre anti-Semitic rant at the Jewish arresting officer, Deputy James Mee.
Allegedly Gibson became aggressive before ranting, “F*****g Jews – Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world” and then asked Deputy Mee, “Are you a Jew?” The police report further alleged that Gibson refused to enter the patrol car and had to be handcuffed.
It is also alleged that he called a female cop “sugar tits”.
Gibson’s arrest was later expunged from his record, he was given three years probation, a fine and was ordered to attend mandatory alcoholics anonymous meetings.
Following the arrest there was outrage from the Jewish community and many others.
Gibson, whose father told the New York Times that he did not believe the Holocaust happened, issued a statement apologizing. He said: “I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. I am deeply ashamed of everything I said. Also, I take this opportunity to apologize to the deputies involved for my belligerent behavior. They have always been there for me in my community and indeed probably saved me from myself.”
He added: “I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse.”