Hey, what’s that sound? Why it’s the Mel Gibson Careeer-Rehabilitation Train, about to make its first stops at Good Morning America tomorrow and Friday. Already, GMA is leaking snippets of Gibson’s sit-down with Diane Sawyer, and what’s peculiar to me is that, despite having had more than two months to consider a mea culpa over his July 28 drunk-driving arrest and subsequent anti-Semitic rant, Gibson’s soundbites sound vaguely incoherent. Not that I favor the publicist-sculpted therapy-speak all of us have gotten used to hearing from apologetic stars, but come on now, when you blame the world’s Jewish population for ”all the wars in the world,” can you really explain it away as ”the stupid rambling of a drunkard”? Even if the now sober Gibson rejects these ignorant statements, shouldn’t he acknowledge he’s got some soul-searching to do about the fact that said ideas were, at the very least, residing in his subconscious? And what’s with Gibson telling Sawyer he wants to ”allay the fears of others and to heal them if they had any heart wounds from something I may have said”? May have said? But ya did say it, Blanche! Ya did!
Anyhow, if there’s any positive here, it’s Gibson’s candor about his struggle with alcohol addiction — and how easy it can be to relapse. I applaud his 65 days of sobriety. But at the end of the day, even though I generally try to separate the artist from the art, I’m not entirely sure I’m ready to buy what Gibson’s selling — on GMA or anywhere else. Maybe because I need more time. Maybe because the cynic in me thinks it’s easy to be sorry for your behavior when you’ve got a new film coming out. Or maybe it’s just that I don’t see myself suffering too big a heart wound if I take a pass on Apocalypto. What about you, PopWatchers? Will you sit through two mornings of GMA to catch Sawyer’s Gibson get? And what’s your comfort level seeing Gibson’s movies going forward?
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