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This Week's Biggest Losers 08/05/06

8/5/2006 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Scott Baio, Barbra Streisand and Rob Schneider

For some, like Mel Gibson celebrity impersonator Rohn Evans or the pair of anonymous Ohio jokesters posting anew on the satirical blog "Mel's Musings," the actor's PCH flare-up is a bonanza. But for most others in the Zone, the events first reported by this website are akin to the French movie poster tag line for Mel's 1998 action flick Tequila Sunrise - "Un Cocktail Explosif."

Rob SchneiderRob Schneider: Many people feel it's still too soon for 9/11-themed movies such as "United 93" and next Wednesday's "World Trade Center." So imagine how those folks must feel about the full-page ad taken out by actor Rob Schneider in this past Thursday's Hollywood trade paper Daily Variety, as sort of a spoof of his own similar battle a year ago with L.A. Times columnist Patrick Goldstein over "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo." "I, Rob Schneider, a 1/2 Jew, pledge from this day forward to never work with Mel Gibson, actor-director-producer and anti-Semite..." the ad begins. It gets better with a gag about "Passion of the Christ 2," but overall, this is about as well-timed as the idea of a condemnation of Gibson by another half-Jewish actor (his "Air America" and "The Singing Detective" co-star Robert Downey Jr.).

Bruce DaveyBruce Davey: Formerly Mel's business affairs manager, this fellow Aussie joined forces with the actor to form Icon Productions. And what this past week's DUI disaster may have felled most regrettably in terms of the company's future worldwide box office bottom line is a second biblical passion project now far more ironic than iconic. Based on the book "My Glorious Brothers" by Howard Fast, the Gibson-directed film was to be all about the Maccabees, a Jewish people that retook Jerusalem from the Greeks in 167 B.C. and relit the Menorah. This now has about as much of a chance of getting made as that other desert uprising Icon Entertainment project, "Mad Max 4."

Scott BaioScott Baio: Just a few months before he was featured in a Bugsy Malone-centric episode of the British ITV series "After They Were Famous," the artist formerly known as Charles and Chachi suited up with Mel for a now-infamous 2003 Los Angeles Sheriff's Department PSA (resuscitated earlier this week right here on TMZ). The Internet can be a lethal weapon when it comes to reconfirming fading career pageantry, and so, tickled by this unexpected bit of street theater, fans have since been reacquainting themselves with Baio's latest film credits ("Super Babies: Baby Geniuses 2," "Van Horn: Tour of Duty"). It all adds up to a vibe somewhere in between Baio's VH1 pilot "Let's Kill Scott Baio" and the false reports of his death in 1997.

Barbra StreisandBarbra Streisand: Liberal pundits have been up in arms this week about the lack of Mel condemnation from folks such as Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Jeff Berg, boss of Gibson's talent agency ICM. But what about Streisand, Malibu's Jewish den mother? She crossed paths, indirectly, with Mel at a 75th anniversary tribute show to Sinatra. But this, truly, was a golden opportunity for Babs to focus some fury at her neighbor and, in the process, goose sagging ticket sales for her upcoming concert tour. Instead, she allowed herself to be beaten to the punch by east coast namesake Barbara Walters.

Avi Korein: As head of something called the S.I.S.S. (Screen International Security Services), this 45-year-old Israeli has overseen bodyguard detail for A-listers such as Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. But it is Gibson, Korein's personal client, who may now bring him a whole lot more bang for the buck. The actor's comments have inflamed the kooksphere, and – like Mel's Jewish publicist, Alan Nierob - Klein now finds himself caught up in some unusually resonant crossfire. Who knows, if things get really dicey, Klein might want to switch out the one-time potential star of "Mad Max 4" for his first big client, Bruce Willis, and the relatively easier task of keeping things kosher on the set of the upcoming "Die Hard 4."
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KELSEY    

damn, the guy was drunk!! we all say stupid things when we are drunk.. If he wasnt a Movie star, WOULD PEOPLE REACT THE SAME WAY IF A NOBODY GOT DRUNK AND SAID SOME STUPID THINGS ABOUT JEWISH PEOPLE??? NO!!!! GIVE THE GUY A BREAK..HES A GREAT ACTOR AND DIRECTOR, I WILL STILL WATCH HIS MOVIES

2936 days ago
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april    

Hey SUSAN - Didn't you just do what Mel did? Except of course you're obviously anti-Australian, rather than anti-Jewish. As such, I demand an immediate apology (or 2) and retraction, along with community service. If not, I think that I and all my fellow Australians should stand together and do everything we can to make your life miserable and end your livelihood. Oh wait - you weren't DRUNK.

And of course your comments just go to show how ignorant you really are. "Australian trash"? Whatever.

2936 days ago
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Connie Treloar    

I believe the most honest thing that he said was he wanted to look within and find out where his comments had their birth. No one but he will ever know. But, the fact of the matter is he didn't offer some lame, insincere excuse. He has a problem with alcohol. That concerns me more than his words.

No, this will hardly make a ripple in the career of someone who spent $25 million of his own money to make a movie.

I don't believe everyithing reported in the media; there is too much bias either intentionaly or unconciously. Perhaps, just perhaps his frustration at the US's complete support of Israel is weighing on his mind at this time. Maybe, just maybe he is the first celebrity to basically point out that, " there is an effing elephant stalking across Lebannon, murdering innocent people and we sit here, smile and say, "well, a soldier was kidnapped!"

Hmmm. What would Americans have said if our government had bombed urban neighborhoods in Iraq for the killing of American soldiers? For their kidnapping? What's the difference? We apparently support Israel in doing just that. Once again, we will sit back and watch Israel expand her borders. And, I am so baffled as to why we (the US) tolerates it.

Oh, wait. Can't point that out. That would be politically incorrect of me. And, it make me an anti Jew.

2936 days ago
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Karen    

Mel is a complex human being. He may have both negative thoughts about some things that some Jewish people do AND in general not hate Jews. That doesn't make him a bigot or anti-Semite. It means he has mixed feelings. Who among us doesn't have mixed feelings about things we wish were clearer? He drank more than he should have, he got mad, and he said things he shouldn't have said (and undoubtedly wishes he hadn't). Give the guy a break. This, however, does not condone his apparently obnoxious, belligerent, and arrogant behavior, nor his drinking when he is an admitted alcoholic. He needs to stop drinking and stop acting out his anger. We need to stop being so judgmental and condemning based on so little information.

2936 days ago
35.

Brian    

Mel has a great talent. Leave the guy alone. If you call him anti-semite, then check all the movies made by Hollywood jews on Arabs and moslems. What shoudl we call them?
Brian

2936 days ago
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larry hansen    

I read with interest, the comments given by tmz,(levine), about mel gibsons drunken slurs. It comes as no surprise to most of us that a great lady, singer, and actress, like "babs" would not comment about mr. gibsons untimely drunken remarks. She, and others of her caliber have risen up thru the ranks in hollywood and provided us with great intertainment for many years, and still do. Now the small people(tmz, (levine), who are in love with their own voice, think she should have shouted her fury to the heavens in her anger. Your fans take their hats off to you, "babs", and we still love you. A lady you will always be. As for you small people, GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!

2936 days ago
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thomas    

listen - he Gibson said something wrong - he apologized - and know he is trying to make amends - he is a talented actor and director - i will definitely see any of his new work that interests me - so the press (internet, hardcopy, television, radio, etc) have lost the battle to destroy his career - the press should move on.

ps: stop insuating that 'The Passion of Christ" was anti-semetic, it wasn't - read some serious christian theology before making false allegations.

2936 days ago
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Robert P. Dobbins    

Oh, I forgot to mention a real bigot, hows about Esther, you know alias Madonna?
One anti-christian, anti-catholic nut case. Goes to show, just because you have a decent talent and you marry UP, you are still low life and you just can't buy class!
I won't list the other hypocritical creeps. I think a boycott the movie industry, excluding anything Mr. Gibson may produce, definately the so-called music industry, those pillars of this society could use an awakening also. The if you hurt these hypocrites in the wallet they'll turn around and try and kiss up. A large sector of this society in this country is very ill, and has spread it around the US and I hope to God it isn't terminal. How do these losers look at themselves in the mirror without vomitting?

2936 days ago
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bogart4017    

Would we still be hearing about this more than a week later if Mr. Gibson had
made disparaging remarks about afro-americans?
Just a question........

2935 days ago
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maria aragon    

WHO IS ROB SCHNEIDER? IS HE SOME PORN CREEP? I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF HIM. MEL GIBSON WAS DRUNK, AND HAS SAID HE WAS SORRY. LEAVE THE MAN ALONE, HE HAS TO SUFFER THE PAIN OF WHAT HE SAID. AND I HAVE TO ADD THE INSIDER GUY, PAT O'BRIAN HAS HE FORGOTTEN A FEW YEARS AGO HOW DRUNK AND STUPID HE GOT. ARE ALL YOU NEGATIVE PERSONS ABOVE GOD, THAT YOU CAN NOT FORGIVE AND MOVE ON WITH YOUR SHALLOW LIVES.

2935 days ago
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Brian    

Hey Mike, Probably you are too young to remember what happened between 1939 and 1945 by the Nazis. Guess what? the same people who spent the last 60 years talking as victims are doing the same thing in the middle east. No matter how you kill someone (gas chamber, bomb, etc), the end result is death. The morale of the story is that as human race, we all racist somehow and throughout the history of human race, the people who hold power, authority, finicial and political influence have humiliate and killed other people who were weak. If blacks had the same attributes I just cited five hundreds ago they would treat white people the same way. The jews were weak 60 years ago. Now they do hold those attributes. There is no difference. Human race is vilent by nature.

2935 days ago
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Maureen    

It's gotta be tough for the Hollywood pseudo-liberals when it comes to condemning Mel. After all, their newest bestest buddy, Cindy Sheehan, says (& writes) the same thing every day. (So do most of the posters on Daily Kos & HuffPo.) Actually, she says far worse. Hasn't stopped Susan Sarandon from making that movie about her. For that matter, most of the liberal MSM says the same thing every day. They just mute it a bit by using the phrase "neocons" instead of "evil Jews."

Now, see, if Mel had simply thrown in "Bush sucks--It's all for bloodoilHalliburtonCheneyRove," why we'd be reading instead about how we need to feel sorry for him & understand his illnes & worship him while he goes into rehab. (See: Patrick Kennedy's kid-glove handling vs. Rush Limbaugh's for the same thing.)

2935 days ago
43.

casey    

Rob Schneider was funny I think once on SNL but other than that he's just a complete LOSER!!!! And as if he would ever be invited to work with Mel Gibson-he wishes he had that kind of clout in Hollywood. Go get some hair plugs and Hawaiian shirts you friggin no talent ass-wipe.
As far as Barbara is concerned she doesn't say anything because she's smart enough to know that no matter what Mel says or does he has a ton of power and influence.

2935 days ago
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G. Stephens    

Amen to all those who posted it is time to leave Mel alone and let him heal. There is no heart more broken than his own. In looking at his life's contribution both on and off the screen, it far outweighs the mistakes of that night. I join all those in continuing to pray for his full recovery and welcome his return. Apologies accepted!! Hollywood - let it go!!!!! Peace to Mel and to his family.

2927 days ago
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