Can Mel Make a Comeback?

Gibson aims for rehabilitation, but Mad Max is 'gone'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 2, 2009 1:21 PM CST

(Newser) – Mel Gibson appears to be making an effort to revive a career stalled after his 2006 arrest and accompanying anti-Semitic tirade, but “it seems unlikely he can ever really come back,” writes Roger Friedman for Fox News. “Like Tom Cruise, Gibson has sent himself into a weird purgatory from which his reputation can never fully recover,” Friedman notes after watching the actor/director chat with Jimmy Kimmel.

He looked “nuts” on the show, sporting a goatee as his “eyes rolled around.” And the scandals haven’t stopped: The screenwriter for The Passion of the Christ—paid $75,000 for his work—is suing Gibson for some of the film's reported $611 million take, and Gibson dropped another $10 million last year into a church reportedly built on behalf of his father, “the infamous Holocaust denier.” “As Kimmel pointed out, it’s been 30 years since the first Mad Max movie,” Friedman writes. “This Mel Gibson is not the same person."