I have a confession to make: I didn’t listen to the last audio release of Mel Gibson venting the frustration of several failed lifetimes at his girlfriend, nor did I listen to all the spittle-filled voicemails he left her. After listening the first five tapes and wasting several minutes of my life trying to process the meanest most threatening vitriol I’ve ever heard, I’m done. Just a few seconds of that vile crap would have been enough, and as I’ve mentioned before I’ve never witnessed anything like it. Even movies don’t show villians ranting like that for several minutes.
Still there are even more tapes/audio segments, and Radar head David Perel tells E! Online that they’ll continue to release them, and that “We will be posting them on the site as we continue to report on the Mel Gibson story.” Perel told Howard Stern that Radar has a full 30 minutes of audio from Mel.
Now that we know Mel for the verbally and (“allegedly”) physically abusive creep he truly is, he’s box office poison despite all the ways his people try to spin the “poor Mel” story. There’s almost no one in Hollywood willing to publicly speak out on his behalf, and a recent sympathetic profile in People Magazine included positive quotes from just three industry people I’d never heard of. We can add thoughtful actor Leonardo DiCaprio to the list of people trying to disassociate themselves with Gibson. DiCaprio has quietly dropped out of a Gibson-directed Viking film he was set to star in.
Leonardo DiCaprio is withdrawing from a Mel Gibson-directed flick about vikings in the wake of the domestic abuse scandal, RadarOnline.com has exclusively confirmed.
“Not a chance,” said a source, close to the Inception star, when asked if he was still planning to star in Gibson’s next project.
The decision is a major setback for the Oscar-winning actor/director, who is facing allegations of domestic abuse and child endangerment.
It also lends support to critics who are suggesting Mel won’t be able to recover from the Oksana Grigorieva scandal…
The viking film was to be DiCaprio’s first picture with Mel.
A source close to DiCaprio said the star, who is currently basking in the release of his wildly acclaimed box-office topping movie Inception, did not want to risk his reputation, with being associated with Mel.
“Leo has earned the right to pick and choose who he works with and Mel Gibson is not one of them,” the source added.
The as-yet untitled project is being produced by Graham King and Mel’s Icon Productions.
Variety had previously reported DiCaprio had long been fascinated by Viking culture and was poised to play one in a storyline that will be as unsparing as Mel’s other period directing efforts, Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto.
[From Radar Online]
I’m fascinated by viking culture too thanks to Alex Skarsgard’s character’s flashbacks on True Blood. I mean that in a purely superficial/stare at the eye candy kind of way.
I’m only trying to change the subject because I don’t want to think about Mel and his crazy meanness anymore. As I was writing this two more stories came out on Radar Online – an e-mail that Oksana sent her lawyer describing Mel’s attack on her on January 7 and yet another voicemail, said to be Mel’s “final” voicemail, made on February 20, the day after he made all those mean calls. He tries to make nice and claims that he wants “to talk reasonably about schedules.” The time to talk reasonably had long since passed.
TMZ also reports that Oksana was offered a $15 million dollar payoff to keep all her evidence of Mel’s abuse confidential. She is said to initially have agreed, only to back out of the deal. Radar Online claims that they never paid Oksana for the audio tapes.