Mel Gibson sleeps with a gun: “You’ve got to be tooled up”

Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief held in Los Angeles

Mel Gibson has an extensive interview in the latest Hello! Magazine, and yeah… he’s still pretty f-cking crazy. Sure, some of it is sweet, I guess. When discussing his 3-month old daughter Lucia, he describes re-learning how to change diapers as “like riding a bicycle.” Of course, he also talks about sleeping with a gun. Ugh. This piece is really long, and I don’t want to spend all day transcribing it, so here are some the highlights:

On baby Lucia and being a father again: “There’s no gift like the gift of a young life… I have a phenomenal experience with my baby daughter, and I also have a phenomenal experience with my 30-year-old daughter and my grandchildren. But I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get over the fact that there is a little life in front of me, staring with complete innocence and a total angelic blamelessness.”

On alcohol revealing all truths: “I’ve told some whoppers when I’ve been loaded.”

On the anti-Semitic “rant”: “It’s said that I went into a rant, but I think it went on for about five words. I was drunk. It just turned into a big thing. I apologized profusely – not once but three times. So what’s the problem? It’s four years ago. Do I need to apologize again?”

On politics: “People think that I’m a Republican conservative type, and I’m not.”

On going back to acting: “It’s more lucrative. It’s fun. It’s my first love. I took time away – I felt that I was stale – and I came back and I feel like some kind of maturation happened.”

On whether his kids want to be actors or celebrities: “No, none of them. Bill Murray once said, ‘For those who want wealth and fame, try wealth and see if that doesn’t cover it.’ They’re like, ‘You know what? The fame thing isn’t so hot.’”

On not having bodyguards: “I did for a while but it’s a drag, you know? If your number’s up, it’s up. If I’m lying in bed and somebody come into my room, I’ll either wake up or I won’t. And I’ll either hit ‘em with my big stick that I’ve got or my gun. Or they’ll hit me.”

Does Mel really have a gun? “In this day and age, you’ve got to be tooled up. Absolutely. Of course!”

[From Hello! Magazine, print edition, February 1, 2010]

Okay, so Mel has a gun. But does he sleep with it? I think he’s saying that he sleeps with it. I don’t really have a problem with guns – I have one in the house, and I grew up in the South (big Southern gun culture), where I still live, for goodness sake. But I don’t sleep with guns. Oksana must think to herself everyday, “What in God’s name did I get myself into?” And Robyn must be thinking every day, “Haha, sucker!”

The other thing that struck me was Mel’s answer to the question about anti-Semitism. I really do think that those “five words” he said about “the Jews being responsible for all the wars” and “You’re a Jew right?” (hmm… 11 words?) were how he honestly felt/feels. And I think the only thing he’s sorry for is that his feelings and thoughts are now a part of public record. But whatever, I’m not asking for him to make another half-assed public apology. He wouldn’t mean it, and sometimes those are the breaks. Sometimes a dude is an anti-Semite. It sucks, but at least he’s not out there trying to convince us that he’s now been “converted” and he’s totally cool with Jews. Because we would see right through that, and for some reason, I think that would offend me more.

Here are some nice photos of Mel at the Help For Haiti Now telethon on Friday:

Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief held in Los Angeles

Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief held in Los Angeles

Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief held in Los Angeles

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  1. Black~Kat says:

    Must be back on the bottle again.

  2. Dorothy says:

    I refuse to see another Mel Gibson movie ever, even if it had my absolute favorite Tim Curry in it. NEVER EVER! And I am not even Jewish, just a lover of Jews…

  3. rundee says:

    “People think that I’m a Republican conservative type, and I’m not.”

    O.k. then, what are you?
    Just because you´re banging a russian girl, that´s younger then your own daughter, it doesn´t make you a liberal intellectual, btw.

    On the anti-Semitic “rant”: “So what’s the problem?”

    I feel sick just thinking about his Jesus-movie which was more antisemitic then any comment he ever made.

  4. lucy2 says:

    Must be weird for his 30 year old daughter to have a 3 month old sister by that other woman. His kids probably don’t want to be actors because they don’t want to follow in his footsteps!

    Five words was plenty for him to reveal an awful lot about himself. While I’m sure he’s told lies and exaggerated while drunk, I can’t shake the feeling that what he said at that moment was his truth.

  5. nikki says:

    i don’t care if he sleeps with a gun or he’s antisemite(i don’t believe it because you can’t work in Hollywood if you hates to work with jew people and he yet worked with jews)or homophobic(he’s good friend with Jodie Foster),all i want is a good/cool/fun movie!

  6. ! says:

    You’re tooled up, alright.

  7. snapdragon says:

    let’s see…homophobic, antisemitic, gun-toting, drunken cheater. i think mel is “tooled up” even when he’s not carrying a gun.

  8. Solveig says:

    Thank you for censoring me again, kaiser, I really appreciate it.

  9. AlaskaJoey says:

    I think if I had called in to the telethon and gotten Mel, I’d have hung up. Or maybe called him sugartits and asked to be transferred to Chris Pine.

    I don’t think guns in the house are a good idea with kids. But I really hope if he sleeps with it, and if Oxsana and the baby are living with him, that they don’t do that co-sleeping thing where the baby’s in the bed.

  10. lilred says:

    He’s not just tooled up, he’s a tool.

  11. Bob says:

    Judging by all the moonbats who seem to have a blind and unreasoning hatred of him, I don’t blame him for keeping a gun around.

  12. Sincerity says:

    I suspect that Mrs. Gibson is probably “sleeping like a baby” these days. Somebody like Mel Gibson with a gun is just too “damn scary”. Having that misdemeanor removed from his record probably allows him to legally have one now.

    It’s nice that he’s spending time with all his children. If all goes well, in time, they’ll get along like one big happy family or at least pretend to. Actively participating in charitable events is good PR. Publicly adopting one or two affiliated with children in a non religious sense would be even better!

    People who will patronize him will and those who won’t simply won’t and you can’t blame them. It’s their money! Only time will tell, if he actually has any staying power left among the public.

  13. CathyT says:

    Kaiser, it looks like Mel gave this interview for several publications or Hello pieced it together from other sources. You can see a more complete version of the gun quote below. Mel keeps the gun “stowed away,” which must mean that he doesn’t sleep with it.

    “I did [have bodyguards] for a little while but it’s a drag. If your number’s up, its up. If I’m lying in bed and somebody comes into my room, I’ll either wake up or I won’t. And I’ll either hit ’em with my big stick that I’ve got or my gun that I have stowed away… or they’ll hit me. Look, in this day and age, you’ve got to be tooled up.”

  14. CathyT says:

    Gibson is paleoconservative, not neoconservative (Republican). He is strongly anti-war. He is conservative about “moral values,” even if he has trouble living up to them.

    BTW the Russian chick is 10 years older than his eldest daughter.

    @Uma: that is a different Mrs. Gibson. Mrs. Mel Gibson is a very private person who doesn’t grant interviews or give lectures.

  15. Tess says:

    Hey Kaiser,

    Agree with you about Mel revealing his anti-Semitic heart while he was drunk and his inhibitions were down. And also about the offensiveness of self-serving apologies.

    He’s vile.

  16. CathyT says:

    @Sincerity: That’s good PR advice, but I don’t think that Mel is cynical enough to affiliate with children’s charities just for the publicity. Afterall, he already funds the first-class Mending Kids International (his wife is president), and that charity is very low profile.

  17. oh hey says:


    Just because he’s friends with Jodie Foster doesn’t give him a pass. Men in this country don’t have a problem with female homosexuality, just the male kind.

  18. Seer says:

    Some years ago, he was interviewed by Barbara Walters and he said he was upset with the Catholic Church because “It broke its promise.” In other words, it became to “liberal” for his taste. This guy is such religious fanatic (he even owns his own church) that it borders on Opus Dei.

    Hmmm. Let’s see now…

    He owns a gun: “Thou shall not kill.”

    He is against Jews (and I don’t believe for a single second that he isn’t): “Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself.”

    He left his wife with all those children (which makes you wonder where he stands on birth control) for a Russian woman: “Thou shall not commit adultery.”

    Some people practice what the preach, and others don’t.

  19. yae says:

    I am more surprised the lobbyists haven’t blown up this blog with grossness.

    That in itself was distracting from the actual article.

  20. canadianchick says:

    That guy needs an AA meeting-stat! If he was truly recovered he’d be a lot more humble about his anti-semitic “4 words”.I used to admire him, now, I avoid any movie he’s made or acts in.

  21. ogechi says:

    Why is it that i am indifferent about Mel? Really don’t care!!!

  22. Phowie says:

    But didn’t it come out in November that according to DNA testing that baby wasn’t his and that this was why he was walking around looking like death warmed over for a coupe of weeks, because he actually left his wife and divorced, compromising his faith and all for a baby that wasn’t his? I thought he even threatened Oksana with legal action if she ever claimed in any interview that he was the father? When did he become the doting dad?

  23. annie says:

    eer, “thou shall not kill” Who is he killing? He’s keeping it for self defen se which is perfectly justified. Lee, Cathy T. was pointing out it’s not Mrs. Mel Gibson, it’s Mrs. Donal Gibson. And Bob, you’re right, there are alot of moonbats who post about him on this site.

  24. annie says:

    Cathy T., you’re right. Mel is a paleoconservative, a true conservative, which I am too.

  25. Whitey Fisk says:

    If you put the racist statements, adultery, reckless endangerment of human life, and misogyny aside for a second and just look at him on a superficial level, isn’t he just the perfect drunk? He is a living, breathing cliche. If you hold his picture up to your ear and listen carefully, I swear you can hear him hiccuping and offering you a swig of whatever he’s got in his brown paper bag.

  26. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “a blind and unreasoning hatred of him”?

    seems to me that most of the people who have expressed negative feelings toward him clearly explained their reasons for hating him.

    blind and unreasoning? hardly. the man is a misogynistic, self-entitled anti-semitic bastard. reason enough for me.

    “I own Malibu”

  27. linda k says:

    you have to admit he is looking better these days…i think that eod will bring back a better public image of him again as a actor, and with all the publicity he has been getting for it recently, more interviews then i can remember, he hopes that the public will forget the past year…which could be made into a movie…he has definitely moved on from what he projected and what we all believed to be true about him…it’s probably a relief for him that everything is more making up secrets, or having to say his wife was “the rock in his life”…over and over again

  28. ChickenTetrazzini says:

    I like Mel, and I completely understand the gun thing. I have two guns and they are ALWAYS within reach, and when I am sleeping, they are right next to the bed. I may be paranoid, but my husband was a cop so I’ve heard too many stories and I will not be a statistic. I don’t care how that seems, guns are awesome and I’d rather have one and never need it than not have it if I need it. LOL my guns are right here next to the computer as I type!

    I’m not going to touch the anti-Semitism because honestly….well, nevermind.

  29. ! says:

    No, do go on ChickenTetra. I’d love to hear how you’d end that, ’cause considering your love of Mel, it sounds like it end in a justification or thinly veiled anti Semitism.

  30. Uzi says:

    The more I learn about Mel the more respect I have for Robyn. She deserves every cent of her $500 million for putting up with this whack job while trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy for the sake of her seven children. Most women, including me, couldn’t put up with his insanity for 29 MONTHS, much less 29 YEARS! I hope some day he realizes what unconditional love she gave him and how badly he treated her.

    Linda K, I agree with your comment that “it’s probably a relief for him that everything is out.” As they say, “the truth will set you free.” Mel no longer has to pretend to love Robyn or be a real Catholic with all the moral implications that go with being a true person of faith. The next time he screws up the public will go, “Oh well, what do you expect, it’s Mel Gibson.”

  31. Sincerity says:

    @linda k:

    Who knows? Mrs. Gibson may still be very much involved. They have seven children and a few grandchildren together. With their youngest being 10 years old, they probably see a great deal of each other. It has been indicated that they are on good terms. Contrary to what many people believe, divorced couples can move past their differences with time. In fact, my mother was on very good terms with three of her four ex-husbands before she died including a very dear former fiance.

  32. Seer says:

    @ annie

    ” eer, “thou shall not kill” Who is he killing? He’s keeping it for self defen se which is perfectly justified.”

    Where is it written in The Bible: “Thou shall not kill …. unless it’s for self-defense.?” Of course he hasn’t killed anyone, annie. However, the gun is a weapon often used to kill. If you claim to be a conservative Catholic, you don’t go around with weapons that can kill people. ok?

  33. linda k says:

    uzi….i thought about it for a while and that’s what i feel…he really is liberated now to be himself…he can be seen with anyone he chooses amd behave as his true self.. and like you said, people will say, oh that’s just mel….after the shockers of last year, people will not be so disappointed with anything that happens……you hit the nail on the head…..i think his movies may fare very well… know, he never said love of my life, just rock…but i also think what a strange marriage..i do feel that he and robyn will be together for their children…especially tommy

  34. Debbie says:

    What a idiot? lets face it Robyn’s well out of all this shit. I just hoe she has fun spending all the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ she deserves it.