Mel Gibson’s movie career likely has been doomed by the public revelation of tapes in which he makes an incredibly racist comment during in a remarkably foul-mouthed misogynistic rant against Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his love child Lucia. The New York Times, in its review of his comeback film Edge of Darkness, noted that his anti-Semitic outburst during a drunk driving arrest already had “turned him into a Hollywood pariah.” His treatment of his baby mama, whom he allegedly physically abused her and threatened with more violence, likely will make him a pariah for movie audiences the world over.
In 1996, Gibson won an Academy Award for directing 1995 Best Picture Oscar-winner Braveheart, one of his biggest hits. As a director, he also scored a blockbuster with 2004’s The Passion of the Christ , a film Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert gave three and one-half stars, but his acting career has been in the doldrums for nearly a decade.
Gibson had not been in a leading role in a motion picture for eight years when he made his come-back in May 2010 playing a Boston homicide detective, the type of role he used to hit for a home run back in the 1980s and ’90s when he was a megastar. Edge of Darkness opened in second place behind all-time box office blockbuster Avatar with a respectable opening weekend of $17 million.
The movie, which cost a relatively modest $60 million, quickly ran out of gas, racking up only $43 million in the US and Canada. A movie needs to take in roughly two and one-half times its cost to break even due to marketing and distribution costs. The movie had a worldwide gross of just under $80 million, qualifying it as a flop as theatrical release.
In the 21st century, a gross of $200 million is the bright line of success for a modestly budgeted movie. Braveheart grossed $210 million worldwide, approximately $300 million when factored for inflation, in 2010 dollars.
Edge of Darkness was Gibson’s first major acting role since he went meshuganah after being arrested for drunk driving by a Jewish Los Angeles County Deputy sheriff. Ironically, Oksana Grigorieva was with him on location when he was shooting the picture, and photographs of the couple made the press in late 2008, while he was still married to his wife of nearly 30 years, Robyn Gibson. Robyn filed for divorce six months later.)
Now, Grigorieva, Gibson’s now ex-mistress and the mother of his eight-month-old child, has released tapes she secretly recorded in which he not only uses misogynistic and abusive language, but makes a racist rant. Even worse, the out-of-control faded star threatens her with violence as their baby screams on the background.
A week after accusing Mel Gibson of having physically assaulted her in January, Oksana Grigorieva released tape recordings in which an out-of-control Gibson raves at her and threatens to burn down her house. The tapes back up Grigorieva’s contention that Gibson has a violent temper and is a threat to her and their eight-month-old daughter, Lucia.
Gibson has refused to comment on the latest revelation in the bitter battle between the two being played out in the press. Coupled with the prior incident resulting in his arrest and his public revelations of his antediluvian views on society and religion, the faded star’s public reputation is at an all-time low.
Grigorieva claims she taped Gibson in order to protect herself as the tapes are proof that Gibson is a dangerous person. She can use the recordings in court under California law.
On the tapes, an out-of-control Mel Gibson attacks the 40-year-old Grigorieva for her looks and the way she dresses, telling her she is an embarrassment and yelling at her that she looks like a “f—–g pig in heat.” He then warns that “a pack of n—–s” would rape her if she went outside the home looking like that.
In addition to labeling her a “whore,” Gibson liberally lambastes his ex- with the “C” word and calls her a “bitch,” the most polite word in his vocabulary. To say he has grown disenchanted with his former mistress is an understatement.
“You are the most synthetic person,” Gibson tells Grigorieva on the tape. “Who the f–k are you?”
The two split up after a three-year-long affair that ended Gibson’s 29-year-marriage to ex-wife Robyn Gibson that produced seven children. Gibson and Grigorieva’s illegitimate daughter Lucia was born in October 2009. The couple split up soon after that.
The wailing child can be heard on the tapes as her mother is verbally assaulted by her father.
Oksana Grigorieva filed for a domestic restraining order on Mel Gibson on Monday, June 21st. Gibson went to court two days later and got a judge to modify the order to enable him to visit his daughter. He also wanted a gag order put on his ex-girlfriend.
That the judge agreed to modify the order to allow him visitation rights is proof, according to Gibson’s attorney, that Grigorieva was lying that he is a physical threat to her and the child. Grigorieva has retaliated with the tapes to prove her case in the court of public opinion that Mel Gibson is a dangerous man. She may be angling for a big pay day, like that enjoyed by Mel’s ex-wife, in order to shut her cake
Grigorieva went public with charges that Gibson physically attacked her this past January, knocking out her teeth, breaking her nose, and giving her a concussion. She says she has held back until now, as regards going public about the abuse she has suffered, as she did not want to embarrass Gibson.
Mel’s friends who have been his surrogates, talking to the press to give the media his side of the story, have said that he admits there was an altercation between the two, but it did not get physical.
These sources tried to portray Grigorieva is the violent one, claiming that the altercation was the result of her shaking Lucia during Gibson’s visit to her Sherman Oaks home.
Grigorieva told an English newspaper on Sunday, June 29th, that Gibson is a cruel man who has not paid her any child support, which means she and the infant are living on the cusp of poverty.
Associated Content, Mel Gibson is Cruel Father Claims Former Lover Oksana Grigorieva
Fox News, Mel Gibson’s Lawyer: Oksana Made Abuse Story Up
TMZ, Gibson’s Anti-Semitic Tirade — Alleged Cover Up; Mel Gibson’s Lawyer: Oksana Full of Lies, Deceit; Mel Gibson’s Baby Mama: He Beat Me Bad
Us Magazine, Mel Gibson’s Ex: “What He Is Doing Is Cruelty”