Mel Gibson's ad -- The actor urges health buffs to protest the government crackdown on vitamin supplements

By Frank Spotnitz
Updated February 05, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST

Yes, that was Mel Gibson on TV being ambushed by a SWAT team for possession of acid — ascorbic acid, that is. ”Guys, it’s only vitamins,” he pleads, hands in the air. ”Like in oranges?” The spot, aired recently on a Palm Springs station and slated for a wider release as a public-service announcement later this month, urges health buffs to phone their lawmakers and protest a government crackdown on vitamin-supplement distribution.

”The FDA has been raiding doctors’ offices and health-food stores,” claims the ad’s director, Charles Ashira. Mel, known as a vitamin C user, donated his services to the cause.