ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. actually pleaded to all of Hollywood for pal MEL GIBSON, begging everyone to forgive Mel his trespasses. And on the occasion of accepting his own doorstop at the American Cinematheque Award ceremoney, an award where Mel was the presenter, Downey effectively turned his own night of celebration into an event of redemption for the beleaguered Mel.
Burdened by accusations of anti-Semitism, drunken and disorderly conduct, DUI charges, racial slurs, as well as domestic abuse, Mel isn’t Hollywood’s…or anyone’s…favorite person these days. The Oscar winning actor’s been branded an industry pariah, with his recent film “The Beaver” bombing at the box office. He’s been dropped from a lot of film projects, including “The Hangover 2″, as well.
“I urge you to forgive my friend his trespasses,”
Downey Jr. said to the audience, followed by loud applause.
“Allow him to pursue this art without shame.”
The “Iron Man” star has had his own long bout with drugs and alcoholism, and after his stint in prison on drug charges which made him uninsurable to work in films, Mel Gibson paid for a broke Downey‘s insurance bond to ensure he got aboard on the 2003 film, “The Singing Detective”. Downey has come to pay back the favor.
“He kept a roof over my head and put food on my table,”
Downey told star news, recalling that all the “Passion of the Christ” director asked was for him to pay it forward.
“It is reasonable to assume he didn’t know the next guy would be him,”
So now that Mel has been backed up by his friends, Jodie Foster and Robert Downey, Jr., will it be enough to carry him up from this lowest point in his life?
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