Mel Gibson moving back to Australia?
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A colleague recently asked me this question, though we had different answers. “Could you ever take Mel Gibson seriously in another movie after all of these scandals?” she inquired.
My answer, strange as it seems, is, “Well, sure.” Granted, Gibson has made some horrendous personal decisions over the years. The latest window into his dark, tormented personality is particularly disturbing … though not surprising to anyone who has paid attention.
But I have no difficulty separating an actor from a role. I may not agree with the hatred Mel spews in his free time, but I’m looking forward to seeing him in Jodie Foster’s “The Beaver,” because it sounds like an interesting story and I’m sure he brings something off-kilter to the part. Plus, as I pointed out to my colleague, the best actors tend to be off their rockers, because it makes them more interesting as subjects.
That being said, it doesn’t look like Gibson plans to give us any more opportunities to see him on screen. Australia’s Daily Telegraph newspaper reports today that Gibson is moving back to Australia with his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Robyn. He sold his residence in Upstate New York, and put his Malibu home on the market.
“Oksana’s allegations have united Mel and Robyn, and the move is her idea,” a source said.
It might also signify the end of Gibson in Hollywood. I wouldn’t declare his career over. The film industry, more than anywhere else, loves a comeback story, as well as a happy ending. But Gibson will have to write it, and a move to Australia seems to suggest he’s not interested in penning that chapter just yet.