Sherry Lansing, former chairman of Paramount Pictures, has just announced that Mel Gibson has cleaned up his act and rid himself of his demons.
Lansing has an interview earlier this week with Katie Couric and the Yahoo New anchor asked about Gibson and his recent success with the film “Hacksaw Ridge.”
“I’m very happy for him because he deserves it. His talent is what he’s being rewarded for. The Mel Gibson that I knew and that I worked with for seven or eight years is not homophobic, and is not sexist, and is not anti-Semitic. I think he has demons, and when he drinks those demons come out and he becomes another person.”
Lansing discussed her relationship with Gibson in her memoir Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker. She worked with Mel on
on “Braveheart,” which won five Academy Awards, and she went on to say that in all of her experiences with him, he’s always been “extraordinarily open and easy to work with” :
“I think he has worked very hard to get rid of his demons. He doesn’t drink anymore. He’s sober. And that’s the real Mel Gibson.”
Gibson has been working on his own film projects since 2004. He has made a return with “Hacksaw Ridge,” who nabbed six Oscar nominations. The movie is about a World War II hero Desmond Doss who served in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle in the Pacific and miraculously saved 75 men without firing a shot.
Shane Black, the director of ‘Lethal Weapon’ said that Gibson has been “blacklisted” since his arrest in 2006. Black said:
“I think he’s essentially been blacklisted in the industry. I think people don’t want to work with him.”
10 years after, things are looking up for this 61 year old star. The success of his inspirational film received an Academy Award-nomination for best director, and has made over $160 million worldwide to date.
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