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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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Twilight Sparkle    

For the good of us all, please get to an anger management class or something...This is getting REALLY tiresome how your anger issues is the ONLY fame you're getting today..

909 days ago
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THE BEAVER    

LOL.. on another one I talked about people doing a half azz job for ya in your home, then Mel says about a guy doing a half azz job on a house and ya get rain on. I understand where Mel is coming from. I would love to meet Mel, does anyone have his number? We can scream and throw a fit then laugh about it together. LOL

909 days ago
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dimes    

He was yelling at Ezsterhas because he hadn't turned in a draft. The script rejection happened a month later, and it was a couple of weeks later that Joe retaliated by writing the poison pen letter and releasing a tape. Two grown men kicking sand in each other's face. They should both be embarrassed.

909 days ago
19.

Criss    

Whatever. I'm still a fan of Mel.

909 days ago
20.

Lu    

Mel Just has passionate about things and sometimes that passion is mistaken for anger. This sounds like a shakedown job from the beginning. How do you contract yourself for work to write a screenplay, take a country year to write it, turn a half ass script in, take the money, and then record the phone conversation with the guy you just ripped off knowing his history. He then kept the phone conversation and when Mel called him on it the dude went public with the tape.

909 days ago
21.

Alicia    

Mel, sweetie, I love you but..., you need help. See a doctor, get some meds, whatever it takes to get your rages under control. Eszterhas is a tool and wrong to tape you without permission, sue his *** but take care of yourself first, before your rampant emotions hurt more than just your reputation.

909 days ago
22.

Jackie    

Ok...who doesn't have a little evil in themselves?

909 days ago
23.

Jay W.     

Mel needs to lay of the Bourbon !

909 days ago
24.

Zorbitor    

HOORAY FOR MEL GIBSON !!! http://youtu.be/A94ZTGU1n8w

909 days ago
25.

THE BEAVER    

I agree with Mel and feel the say way Mel does about this. If the guy can take that much time to wrtie a stort story book lol on how he felt and give it to Mel, than he could have done a better job at writting for that movie.

Any boss, or anyone that has paid someone to do a job, or is waiting for someone to do work for them, and doesn't show up, or does a half azz job will most likely get yelled at. Told off as in smartly told to do their job right, written up for it, or even fired from their job. Why when Mel goes off at someone it is a big deal, when I have seeen this type of $#!^ happen on jobs I have worked at before? It is nothing new people. happens all the time. The only thing is.. Joe, like Oksana are mean and nasty, and they both can't stand to be told, your work isn't good enough. You can't sing ..Oksana and Joe take some more writting lesson, dude. Oksana, I wouldn't waste any more of Mel's money to try to make a singer out of yourself. Spend it on Lucia and take her to Disney Land. Instead of maybe bad mouthing her dad to her. Why don't ya have a mother and daughter movie night and watch Chricken Run together?

909 days ago
26.

THE BEAVER    

That is feel the same way. LOL

909 days ago
27.

THE BEAVER    

WHO THE FC IS A MEL GIBSON FAN? WHO THE FC WANTS MEL GIBSON TO MAKE A COME BACK? Hooray..HOORAY!!

909 days ago
28.

hihat    

Only a pathetic whore like Leno would give this anti-semitic psychopath a platform for his bullsh*t. Leno and Gibson should BOTH go away -- and never come back!

909 days ago
29.

Yes    

If you don't want your 15 year old exposed (oh please as if the 15 year old doesn't swear and has never heard such...try listening to their music!) don't bring the kid. The reality is that the script sucked and Mel didn't mince words. Does he need anger control? Undoubtedly, but that doesn't change the fact that the script sucked by more than just Mel's account.

909 days ago
30.

M.T.    

idiot!

909 days ago
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