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"Apocalypto" Star Comes to Mel's Defense

8/3/2006 5:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

One of the stars of Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto" has come to the director's defense, saying the Gibson involved in the recent DUI arrest and anti-Semitic remarks is not the Mel he knows.

Mauricio Amuy Tenorio

Mauricio Amuy Tenorio, a former model who stars as a Mayan chief in the film, tells "EXTRA" in an exclusive interview that the Gibson scandal has taken him by complete surprise. "I don't have the right to judge what he did," he says.

Tenorio also says he never heard anti-Semitic remarks from Gibson while on the film set in Mexico. "I don't want to say that he's anti-Jewish," he says.

"Apocalypto," filmed in the state of Veracruz, is scheduled to open in theaters December 8. Check local listings for "EXTRA" show times.

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BlackMetal    

Hey Ariel and Sharon. Your attidude's stink like your holes!!!! Old rotten fish!!!!

OY-VIE!!!!!

2911 days ago
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kim    

What is all this sympathy crap for Mel Gibson. If he had said he hated
Black People...etc, etc.....there would be outrage and no sympathy.
Dr. Phil, you got it all wrong. It's ok to judge him: he is an anti-semite.
In this world of political correctness, we have to draw the line some time: there are bad, immoral people in the world. And you should know better, Phil.
When you are drunk, the truth comes out. You don't suddenly have thoughts you have never voiced before. By the way, two actors from his current movie have said that THEY HEARD MEL MAKING ANTI-SEMITIC REMARKS ON THE SET. However,
we don't need collaborating evidence. ONCE IS ENOUGH: READ HIS COMMENTS TO THE POLICE OFFICER. DRUNK OR NOT: HE HARBORS
ANTI-SEMITIC FEELINGS. SHUN HIM, DON'T GO SEE HIS FILMS, DON'T
GIVE HIM AN INTERVIEW; IGNORE HIM...THAT'S THE WORST PUNISHMENT.

2910 days ago
3.

val    

Marlon Brando in 1979 in Playboy said:

"You've seen every single race besmirched, but you never saw an unfavorable image of the Kike because the Jews were ever so watchful for that. They never allowed it to be shown on screen."

On Larry King in 1996 Marlon Brando said:

"Hollywood is run by Jews; it is owned by Jews, and they should have a greater sensitivity about the issue of -- of people who are suffering. Because they've exploited — we have seen the — we have seen the Nigger and Greaseball, we've seen the Chink, we've seen the slit-eyed dangerous Jap, we have seen the wily Filipino, we've seen everything but we never saw the Kike. Because they knew perfectly well, that that is where you draw the wagons around."

2910 days ago
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mrs mom    

WHAT IS THIS NAIL MEL GIBSON TO THE CROSS MONTH,WHY DON'T YOU ALL LEAVE THE MAN ALONE. I'M SURE MEL IS FEELING REALLY BAD ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED, HE SAID HE WAS SORRY HOW MANY TIMES NOW. THERE IS SO MUCH MORE GOING ON IN THIS WORLD GET OVER IT.ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. YOU HEAR THINGS LIKE HE'S DONE IN HOLLYWOOD, I WOULD'N'T WORK WITH HIM EVER AGAIN .YOU ALL ACT LIKE YOUR SO PURE AND ALMIGHTY.I'D LOVE TO SEE WHAT THEIR HIDING IN THERE CLOSETS. PLEASE GIVE IT A REST FOCUS ON MORE IMPORTANT THINGS LIKE OUR MEN IN SERVICE, BE OUTRAGED THAT THERE STILL THERE AND SOME OF THEM COMING HOME DEAD AND OTHERS DAMAGED FOR LIFE. BE OUTRAGED ABOUT 9-11. MAN I COULD GO ON AND ON BUT ITS LATE AND I'M TIRED.

2910 days ago
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Critterchick    

How many drunks are arrested everyday? Say stuff that they don't mean?


I don't see there faces plastered all over the internet. People make mistakes. The public dose not have all the facts. As for the "original report" I see nothing official about it. To me it looks like an copy of a fax from an old fax machine hints the black back round and white writing. TMZ is noting more than a piss poor copycat of the Enquire.


Yes Jesus was Jewish and crucified by his own people.

2910 days ago
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Will Armstrong    

I have heard Mr. Mel Gibson should have another chance. I agree, he has had another chance. He has been arrested before for DUI! He has a drinking problem, he should not drink and drive or get out in the public eye if he can't control himself. He was reportedly going 87 mph in a 45 mph zone. Some people could have been killed by his irresponsible actions. He knows better than to do this. As an actor, he has put himself in the position where he is supposed to maintain higher standards than usual.
How can he expect people and children to look up to him when he acts like this? Let him get a job out of the public eye if he wants to act like he has been! We need good role models for our children. On his rude and uncalled for remarks, he probably has them all the time and felt emboldened to say them when he could use the fact he was drunk as a shield and an excuse.
Many people in his position think they are above the law and better than other people. The people who have supported him deserve some one better than that. Just because he can act like someone who has contributed to the betterment of the world does not in itself make him better than other people!
If his apologies are real, let him show it by his actions in the future and behave responsibly!

2910 days ago
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Lello    

I´m happy to see the majority of the comments on this thread are tolearnt and supportive of Mel! I too believe he has commited a mistake, said something he doesn´t believe in and is brutally crucified by them...

Those who are attacking him seem the ones to me whose heart is full of intolerance and hate. It´s unbeliavable the lack of respect and hate this people are displaying against Mel. And make someone´s words when saying the human heart seems losts. Entire humanity is lost when BRUTALLY attacks a man whom unfortunatelly has relapsed. If my family had turn its back to one of our members when he first got stoned and made awful things against his own family like he did, we would have been wrecked by guilt at this point.

Just get all that hate off of your chest. It could kill you, do you know that? This goes for all of those who are judging him of making anti-semitic remarks: Lebanon, anyone? When I see Palestinian and Lebanese childreen dead on the ground I too have to restrain myself of making some harsh remarks. And I´m not even drunk? What´s the matter with world today? Has it lost all sense of what´s right and wrong?

2910 days ago
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Be Honest    

I agree with most of the post. Give Mel a break! Many people say things that they really don't believe. He isn't perfect. If his comments had been derogatory about Blacks or Mexicans, would it have received the same coverage? I think not! He only produce a movie about JESUS… he isn't JESUS! To expect perfection from the man is insane!

2910 days ago
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Joyce    

This is for harvey levin I am so sick of seeing you on tv talking trash about MG all you are trying to do is make the public hate mel and it is not going to work you act like he killed someone all he did was talk some sh*t when he was drunk you seem to only be upset over what he said.you should be more outraged over the fact that people let him drive that night and all those pictures you keep showing with mel the people in those pictures also looked drunk and they also drove that night. this crab with boycotting mel in hollywood is sh*t you think the jews or anyone else runs hollywood your wrong its the people who don't live there the ones who live around the country that will brake or make a star you need to understand that you don't tell us what to do.You need to move on he said he was sorry you are acting very hateful you say he's hateful.....Joyce

2910 days ago
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Maria    

Winos on any street corner usually yell " I am God". Does that make it the truth just because he's drunk on wine? I am sick of the comments reading " In Vino Veritas". Not all that is said under the consumption of wine is the truth.

Why don't we try a new expression, perhaps - " Let those without sin cast the first stone". Everyone has made a comment that could be calous or hurtful to others at some point in life. The only advantage we have over Mel is that not every one of our comments are scrutinized as harshly as his.

Give the man time to right his wrongs. He deserves the same opportunity for a second chance as all of us do.

Forgive to be forgiven.

2910 days ago
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Joyce    

hey levin I'd like you to release all tapes and transcripts on all actors who have been busted on DUI or Drugs I'd like to hear all there remarks they said when they were busted. sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me grow up

2910 days ago
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Try This    

""Just what was Mel Gibson's most “disgraceful” remark?–that “the Jews are responsible for all the world’s wars”? Oh my! Never! No truth there! Here’s another unforgivable line (to the arresting officer): “Are you a Jew”? How rude! Criminal! Just thinking about it makes me tremble.

By contrast, suppose we change Gibson’s ‘bigoted” remarks from “F**king Jews” to “F**king Christian Fundamentalists”. Would anyone even notice? Certainly, there would be no Hollywood hysteria over the comment. In fact, he’d more likely be the toast of the town, possibly feted with a Free Speech Award from the ACLU.

But as every public figure knows, offending Jews is not the same thing as offending Christians. No sireee.

And it’s particularly ironic coming from Tinsel Town with its levels of drug addiction, infidelity, billion-dollar porn-casting and open-faced warmongering."

-- I LOVE MEL GIBSON!!!

2910 days ago
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Try This    

I LOVE MEL GIBSON MORE THAN EVER NOW!!!!!

2910 days ago
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Lal    

I will buy mellions of ticket to see Mel in Melibu eating a melon humming a melody wearing my melamine suit in a melacholy mood to put an to this melodrama. May me Mel Brooks will join me. I doubt that.

Lalith, Scarborough, On, Canada.

2910 days ago
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James Fields    

Leave Mel out of all the Bull shit happening in the ARAB world ......he is just a drunk guy saying what he thinkswhen he's drunk to whitch a person that would like to say sober......it looks like Mels sentimients could be the worry that we all have about the situation of this world going to hell........Damn leave this alone and let the Isralites do there thing to Hezzbolla and damn the Hezzbolla for their hiding behind the citizens of Lebonen..........By a damn supporter of anti-Terroist assholes in this world....go anti-terrists all over the world.......

2910 days ago
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