Mel Gibson Finally Opens Up About His Angry Phone Calls, Racism, Career

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Mel Gibson hasn’t spoken publicly about his vicious verbal attacks and angry phone calls with his ex Oksana Grigorieva until now. In an interview with Deadline.com, Gibson broke his silence and talked about everything he’s been through in the past year, from his career, to his celebrity friends, to those “edited” tapes that leaked. Here are a few of the choicest quotes from the interview:

On the leaked tapes released by Grigorieva: “Who anticipates being recorded? Who anticipates that? Who could anticipate such a personal betrayal? … I’ve never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality—period. I don’t blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited.”

On how the bad publicity has affected his career: “I don’t care if I don’t act anymore.”

On his most vocal celebrity supporter: “I knew Whoopi before she was Whoopi. And, as she’s great and I always liked her and loved her. I like her even more now because she got it.”

And those supporters who chose not to speak up: “Why would anyone want to speak publicly and drag themselves through this crap? It seems to add fuel to the fire. Very many people are supportive, of course, but you find out who your friends are. I have many friends and they’ve been great.”

On his friend-love for Jodie Foster: “I’d give her a pedicure every day of the week if I could.”

Check out the entire (long!) interview with Gibson, who tried to redeem himself and honestly discuss his difficult personal issues as best he can. Sure, it won’t make you forget that he knocked Grigorieva’s teeth out, but he does seem to show remorse for some of the stuff he’s done.

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