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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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31.

Ann Owen    

I support Mel .......Mel is not the first person to be caught DUI and will not be the last. People say and do things while drunk that they do not mean to say or do.Give the man a break he is human and we all make mistakes

2967 days ago
32.

Princess Poon    


i JUST THINK IT IS IRONIC THAT SUCH A GOOD CHRISTIAN AS MEL WOULD COME OUT WITH SUCH UNTHINKABLE OBCENITIES. THERES AN EXPRESSION--"IN VINO VERITAS" WHICH MEANS IN WINE THERE IS TRUTH.

FACE IT MEL IS ANOTHER PHONEY BALONEY CHRISTIAN.

2967 days ago
33.

critical    

Hey, I'm half jewish myself, and I agree with Mel. Jews do start the wars, just look at Israel right now. I think Mel's gonna be fine, you know they say Jews are the worst anti-semites :))

2967 days ago
34.

get a life people    

I am a fan and will go see his movie...I think he said he was sorry and we need to move on....There is alot more crap going on in this world that we need to be worried about........

2967 days ago
35.

bob yuro    

to show his committment to the jewish leaders either bar-mitzvah or circumcision would be acceptable.

2967 days ago
36.

BlackMetal    

Its good to finally hear someone in Hollywood come to Mels defense!

I can wait to see the movie!!!

2967 days ago
37.

James Fields    

IT will be the biggest money maker of the year.......can't judge a drunk man by what he says when he's drunk ...go MEL

2967 days ago
38.

spud    

if mel will just give a million, no maybe this will take $10,000,000 ...to some jewish cause, or build the jews another memorial...all will be forgiven...read patrick goldsteins column in the times august 02 06 "when hiltler was killing jews in europe during the holocaust..hollywood studio chiefs were largely mum, rarely gave money to help jewish refugees or god forbid make movies about the subject until long after all 6 million jews were dead" ....just the way it is in hollywood...mels got money and thats all that seems to matter here.

2967 days ago
39.

Robert    

Harvey Levin is still a media whore. Thanks for the token balancing act on the Mel Gibson saga. Nice try hypocrite.

2967 days ago
40.

BlackMetal    

#1 - Its pronounce Au-cuzar Zoomba's !!!!!

2967 days ago
41.

coco puff    

It's funny, all the Mel haters trying to bring him down because he said some sh*t when he was drunk. I remember all the haters protesting when passion came out and they didn't even see it. HAH! HAH! You want to talk about being prejudice! They'll problem do the same sh*t for this movie. I think they're all jealous of a Christians unquestionable success in a town full of Jews!!!!!!

2967 days ago
42.

get a life people    

#15 hurricane I am a christian but I am not perfect.....We all sin...It is what you do after you sin....If he has asked forgiveness then we need to give it to him as GOD has done.......There isn't a christian that I know of that will tell you they live a sinless life...It isn't possible in this day and time.........Can we just move on to something else already

2967 days ago
43.

mirzie    

What is all the fuss about? Of course he is a bigit..the truth comes out when you are drunk or on drugs, but that dosen''t have anything to do with each of our own lives. You don't like him....then don't add to his wealth by going to his movies. Treat him like every other narrow minded moran...let him fall by the wayside and get him off of the front pages of papers and magazines. Put someone on there that is worthy.

2967 days ago
44.

spud    

yeah, agreed, harvey needs to take some journalism classes..just to try and appear like a professional delivering a story would be nice...but the "zipping of his lips" after telling that he has "more, yes more"terrible " information about mel....its getting disgusting he is acting like a little school girl .

2967 days ago
45.

Amazed    

In Vino et Veritas, and who is forcing you to watch those silly Hollywood report shows to begin with?

The sad fact is that Mel Gibson is a bigot, and an alcoholic, but some people won't care one way or another.

2967 days ago
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