Mel Gibson Says He is New Man, Years After Drunk Driving, Anger Issues
Actor and director Mel Gibson recently talked to the The Sunday Times, discussing his alcoholism and anger management issues. For a time, he seemed to be blacklisted, but now with the opening of a his new movie, Hacksaw Ridge, he is trying to stage a comeback.
In addition to a drunk driving charge in 2006, the now 60-year-old went on a anti-Semitic rage. Some four years later, he plead to a misdemeanor battery claim against his former girlfriend.
Gibson now says, however, that he is reformed, and that he has “worked on himself”, using a 12-step program:
“I’ve had to do that stuff, otherwise you don’t survive. They call it the spiritual path for the psychopath. They say there’s only three options: you go insane, you die or you quit.”
He has also apologized publicly for his actions. He said that he was going through something called “andropause,” which is the male version of menopause, and that “you get barking mad in your 50s”.
Both the drunk driving and misdemeanor battery convictions have since been nullified by California courts – an option open to anyone who completes probation.
Gibson is the director of the newly released Hacksaw Ridge, which is the story of the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor for valor in WWII. In addition, there appears to be plans to do a follow-up (can we say sequel?) to Passion of the Christ, a religious epic released in 2004.
Gibson told the New Yorker:
“There’s resurrection, there’s stuff before, stuff after, stuff in other realms, but it’s a very big subject, deep and profound, so it will require a good deal of thought. It has to be enlightening and work on a lot of different levels that all have to dovetail, so it will be tricky.”
The actor/director is also going to be a father again soon, which will be child number nine.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology