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Mel Gibson to Jay Leno

'I've Got a Little Bit of a Temper'

4/28/2012 7:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



0428_mel_gibson_videoMel Gibson spoke out last night for the first time about his epic, profanity-laden, secretly-recorded rant against writer Joe Eszterhas ... and he actually had a bit of a sense of humor about the whole thing.

Gibson explained to Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" ... that Eszterhas turned in a script for "The Maccabees" to Warner Bros. that was rejected and so Gibson felt his actions were "justified."

As for the 9-page letter Eszterhas wrote to Gibson, Mel joked, "If he put half as much time and effort and creativity and imagination into a screenplay, which he was supposed to write, as he did into that letter ... we wouldn't be having this conversation."

Finally, talking about the infamous tape, Mel joked, "Maybe you don't know this about me, but I've got a little bit of a temper."

Yes, Mel ... we know.

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Cheryl A.    

NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who knew? He forgot to mention that he hates Jews, too.

845 days ago
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Bianca    

I hate Jay Leno almost as much as I hate Mel Gibson. If he put half as much time and effort and creativity and imagination into interviews ... he would actually have an interesting show. I watch "Nightline" instead.

845 days ago
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kelly    

He got a standing ovation last night. Brought the house down !!! Mel is still THE MAN.

He looked good and happy.

kelly82

845 days ago
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davey    

mel gibson rocks,,,,,,

845 days ago
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Seriously wtf    

Ok, I like Mel Gibsons work for the most part, but yelling and screaming at a guy in front of his family - even if he did turn in a bad script - is completely unprofessional and just low. Why did he have to expose a 15 year old kid to his 'temper', and humiliate his dad?

Not cool Mel. Spin control on Leno can only go so far.

845 days ago
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Lasha    

I find it sad that Mel thinks it's ok to joke about his 'little bit of a temper'. That's like saying, I only hit her a little bit. WTF??? I get it, we all blow sometimes, but he has a serious problem (me thinks)and perhaps he should do himself and those around him some good and address that. Tempers like that lead to beatings .. young and old. shame on you Mel.

845 days ago
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SImon    

Way to go Mel!

845 days ago
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Meggie24    

A talented, rich, good looking a$$hole with a sense of humour is still an a$$hole.

845 days ago
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Mayu    

Roman Polanski accused of drugging and raping an under aged girl, fleeing the country to avoid prosecution. Victor Salva convicted of raping a 14 year old boy and video taping it as well as other counts of child porn. Hollywood goes to bat for these director "geniuses"... yet Mel Gibson is condemned for having a big mouth. Am I the ONLY one who sees the absurdity of this?

845 days ago
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EatMe    

Gee....why didn't he also try to joke-away his 'smile and blow me' and 'I hope you get gang raped by a gang of n*ggers' comments as well? No? Not so easy? Not as funny you vile, rotting Dorian Grey?

845 days ago
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Tigers Wood    

Yeah Boy!!! Good to go Mel.
Your getting paid to write a script and you turn it in a sorry @zz script, of course your going to get yelled at and it ain't going to be pretty.

845 days ago
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Jamie    

I love Mel. His detractors say "he's finished" but he always comes back. Go, Mel! Eszterhaus is a slime ball! If he could write half a good as he could back stab, we wouldn't be here

845 days ago
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Xarexx    

I'll still go see your movies... I agree with your rants

845 days ago
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static    

Get 'em Mel!

845 days ago
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Phreaky    

All part of the PR game. Last time it was STAY OUT OF SITE AT ALL COSTS! This times it's "IMMEDIATELY MAKE PUBLIC APPEARANCES AND ACT LIKE ITS NO BIG DEAL".
When is the Hollywood PR machine going to stop saving these worthless pieces of trash that don't deserve oxygen?

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