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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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mark    

MEL GIBSON ROCKS!!!!

824 days ago
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josh    

The guy got paid and did nothing and Mel was responsible to Warner Brothers, what would you do! Just shut up and be a big P**sy?!! Not me I would have done the same as Mel, no 2 ways about it! And the guy tapes Mel when he didn't know. So he really is the s***bag? NOT MEL! Harvey and the rest of the people that works at this rag are just envious that they have nothing in their pitiful lives except to undermine people who have contributed hugely to films and TV.

824 days ago
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andy    

Mel was totally right on this one. I read Joe's book. Mel was taken advantage of by a has been writer, pure and simple.

824 days ago
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Fran    

If Mel wants to scream and cuss out someone work related that is one thing, but he sounds like he should be in a mental institution! Of course everyone gets mad and yells but this is beyone that. He sounds totally insane! It's very disturbing and sounds like he should be put in a straight jacket. The guy has no self control and possibly a substance abuse problem.

824 days ago
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2idiots    

In that 14 or 15 months MEL claims JOE was WORKING on the script, why did he (MEL) never ask for updates? Sounds more like MR MEL is shooting from the hip. In 14 or 15month MEL asks for NOTHING KNOWING there's money at stake? Please, LAME excuse if you ask me.

824 days ago
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2idiots    

Mel's analogy about the roofer is pretty funny too. You pay a roofer to put on a roof and he doesnt - YOUR STUPID for just letting the roofer show up for MONTHS and not deliver ANYTHING!
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BLAME YOURSELF MEL - YOU DIDNT STAY ON TOP OF THE PROJECT! AAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAH

824 days ago
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THE BEAVER    


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Fran: 3 hours ago

If Mel wants to scream and cuss out someone work related that is one thing, but he sounds like he should be in a mental institution! Of course everyone gets mad and yells but this is beyone that. He sounds totally insane! It's very disturbing and sounds like he should be put in a straight jacket. The guy has no self control and possibly a substance abuse problem.
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I guess if Jesus came back and yelled at your azz not doing right, I guess you would want to put Jesus in a mental institution too. LOL.. As far as the straight jacket is concern.. Marin Riggs (Mel) has already been there, done that. Good thing you are not a judge, or a doctor, we all woud be wearing nothing but our straight jackets. LOL

824 days ago
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2idiots: 10 minutes ago

Mel's analogy about the roofer is pretty funny too. You pay a roofer to put on a roof and he doesnt - YOUR STUPID for just letting the roofer show up for MONTHS and not deliver ANYTHING!
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BLAME YOURSELF MEL - YOU DIDNT STAY ON TOP OF THE PROJECT! AAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAH
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LOL YOU ARE AN IDIOT!! MEL GOT MAD BECAUSE JOE WASN'T DOING HIS JOB, DUMB BUTT. DON'T TURN THIS AROUD ON MEL, YOU IDIOT!! MEL IS RIGHT TO BE MAD AT HIM. MEL DOES GOOD WORK, AND WORKS VERY HARD UNLIKE JOE DOES, AND THAT IS WHY MEL IS MAD. MEL DIDN'T GET $@!^ FROM THIS GUY, AND THAT WOULD HAVE MADE ANY OTHER PERSON THIS DUDE WAS DOING WORK FOR MAD AS HELL TOO!!

MEL SHOULD NOT TRY TO HELP THE LOSERS, MEL SHOULD HAVE SEEN WHAT HAPPENS TO HIM WHEN HE DOES.

YOU KNOW, IDIOT..YOU SHOULD BE DATING OKSANA, BECAUSE YOU BOTH ARE DUMMER THAN A BAG OF HAMMERS.

824 days ago
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nick: 8 hours ago

So sick about hear about Mel how he hates Jew....I am a Jew myself and I don't like what he said BUT this is the USA not the middle east.....He has a right even if I dont believe what he says too say how he feels in his OWN house period.....
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Sweetie, please believe me. Mel does not hate the Jews, hun. The Jews (some of them) hate Mel. Mel has given money to help Jews out.

824 days ago
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THE BEAVER    

I wonder if you people that hate Mel Gibson and think he hates the Jews ever gave money to help a Jew out like Mel has?

824 days ago
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2idiots: 34 minutes ago

In that 14 or 15 months MEL claims JOE was WORKING on the script, why did he (MEL) never ask for updates? Sounds more like MR MEL is shooting from the hip. In 14 or 15month MEL asks for NOTHING KNOWING there's money at stake? Please, LAME excuse if you ask me.

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Well, Idiot. If this dude Joe was as good as Mel is at his work and getting things done. Mel wouldn't have to stand behide his lazy azz like he was a parent trying to get their kid to do or finish their homework.

824 days ago
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THE BEAVER    

Mel can't be in two places at once,and look over Joe's shoulder every day to see what he has written on his paper, dude. Have you forgotten? Mel had (and still has) a gold digger monkey on his back to have to deal with too? Mel has other things he is working on too, dude. Mel don't have time to hold Joe's hand, or to shake him to wake him up to tell his lazy azz to get to work.

824 days ago
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THE BEAVER    

Mel Gibson fans. If you want to watch the full show, go here.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/35560...5/the-tonight-show-with-jay-leno-fri-apr-27-2012#s-p1-so-i0

824 days ago
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Belinda    

2idiots
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Did you ever think that just maybe that’s what that whole weekend in Costa Rica was all about? To find out if he was on time and to see the first draft. You seem to forget that Warner Brothers had a part in this. They paid Ezsterhas to produce the script and they paid to have Ezsterhas, and even his family flown down there. Maybe Warner Brothers was suspicious about Ezsterhas’ script and organized it that Mel would look at a first draft at least. The jerk showed up empty handed. Ever think that this Ezsterhas lied not only to Mel but to Warner Brothers also and that he told them that the first draft was done or almost finished. Maybe they thought he was dragging his lazy a$$ long enough and it was time to put a little heat on it. Didn’t help as far I can see, Ezsterhas produced a piece of sh*t script that Warner Brothers stated was sub-standard. The original rejection came straight from Warner Brothers.
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You keep talking about the other people that were present. Wasn’t one of them is working on the Viking project? So, obviously that project was right on schedule and there seemed to be no problems. Otherwise Ezsterhas surely would have had a tape of Mel being mad at them too.

824 days ago
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Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

Another spinny-crap article TMZ calls 'reporting'. Harvey should be ashamed.

Mel ROCKS, always has, always will!

TEAM MEL!!

823 days ago
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