Should Hollywood Give Mel Gibson Another Chance?
Should Hollywood give Mel Gibson another chance? Robert Downey Jr. seems to think so. The Iron Man star turned his American Cinematheque tribute into an attempt to rescue the former A-lister’s career at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday night. During Gibson’s presentation at the star-studded event, he recalled being warned about hiring Downey for Air America in 1990 due to Downey’s tumultuous private life. Downey always credited Gibson for giving him a second chance during his struggle with substance abuse. After accepting his award, Downey spoke about his past and asked the crowded ballroom to give Gibson a break. “Unless you are without sin—and if you are, you are in the wrong f—king industry—you should forgive him and let him work again,” Downey said. Notorious for his anti-Semitic remarks and DUI arrest, Gibson also announced his plans to direct a film about Judah Macabee, the Jewish warrior who led the fight against the Seleucid Empire. Let the controversy ensue.