Aww, dammit. I was relieved to learn that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s been comparing Mel Gibson to the BP oil spill (“[N]o one has figured out how to contain Mel Gibson”), but then that dickhead “maverick” Oliver Stone had to go and ruin it all:
Stone tells Mandrake that the Oscar-winning star of Braveheart will continue to be offered leading roles in Hollywood. “Everyone is supposed to have an opinion [about Gibson], but most directors don’t work that way,” Stone said at the premiere of his latest film, South of the Border, at the Curzon Mayfair, in London.
He points out that press criticism of an actor is always immediate, whereas Hollywood works on a longer time scale. “Projects are developed slowly, and over the course of weeks, months, there will be projects, and I am sure many of them will want to have Mel Gibson in them,” he says.
I strongly disagree with Stone’s perspective that many directors just don’t care about what an audience thinks of a film’s leading actor, for there’s got to be a limit to public forgiveness. Quite simply, a director who wishes to continue working simply cannot financially afford to willingly embrace box-office poison. Gibson may have been able to eventually overcome the “Sugartits” Incident when Edge of Darkness did respectably well, but that’s because an isolated drunken encounter with police (racial slurs be damned) is nothing new as far as Hollywood is concerned, and — let’s face it — “Sugartits” was mildly amusing and ultimately served to humiliate GIbson more than anything else. However, the depths of Gibson’s recently-aired, rage-filled rants has created a public perception that the guy’s pretty inhuman, and I do believe that his future box office receipts will suffer greatly (not that The Beaver had much pull in the first place).
Of course, Stone’s trademarked “controversial” stance upon every conceivable subject shoudn’t come as much as a surprise. After all, he did recently sided with Hitler & Stalin, although I do suppose that Gibson (racist and proud of it) would be honoured to share such dubious company. Unfortunately for Stone, my desire to watch Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps — despite any amount of freeballing on the part of Shia LeBeouf and obvious Godfather vibe — has completely dissapated. So, let’s teach Oliver Stone a little lesson for the first time in his entire career, shall we?