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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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106.

Scotty    

Team Mel sucked. What's left of Team Mel is the dregs of society! The fact that Mel Gibson tried to make light of his temper, and failed, says everything! He is finished, over, a confirmed anti-semite and racist! Idiots defending an idiot doesn't make for very interesting reading, TMZ should move on!

854 days ago
107.

igotfleasfromtmz    

the writer was paid twice , once by wb then by someone with a lot of money

854 days ago
108.

kkg    

Good lord, this is beyond ridiculous. The man has to do publicity for the release of his movie. He has to address the recent ugly press. Apparently he tried to do it with a little humor and grace. Most of us would try to do the same thing if confronted with a similar situation. Yes, he helped create the cir***stances, but that doesn't mean he isn't allowed to give his version of events. And yes, they might be weighted in his favor, but isn't that what Mr. Eszterhas did on the morning TV circuit? Right or wrong, they both have had their say. And right or wrong, it's already old news. Sadly for Mr. Eszterhas, this might be the most publicity he'll have for a very long time. If ever again.


Kathleen

854 days ago
109.

Swede    

I'm looking forward to Mels new movie "Get the gringo"! Today, the last day of aprill, we are celebrating that the spring is here. We collect old leaves and grass from last year and set fire to it. We sing songs about that the winter is over and spring is here. Later in the evening we can have a party. Children can ride the carousel. Tomorrow, May 1, we are celebrating "the labor day", a remembrance what the Labour Party has done for this country for many years. The sun is shining and the flowers starts growing, now we all become spirited up her...Have a good day for the rest of the world!

854 days ago
110.

Cujeaux    

Ms. Kathleen: for someone who is 'not a fan' of Giblitz's, you sure know how to cover his tracks! Since you take most of what is reported at face value, why not consider that the events that occurred at Club Gibz were not anticipated? You're making it sound like Ez brought recording equipment there when there is no evidence to support that. As I recall, Tell was using the same tactic claiming Ox employed the sound man for her album to do a Gibby remix.


Why not consider the possibility that both Ox and Ez's SON were fearing for their safety and recorded Gibz as proof in case he completely unraveled? I know if someone was threatening to bury me, I wouldn't HESITATE to tape them. You still fail to acknowledge that flock - which you are a stalwart member of - has embellished, guessed, and plotted what happened next (that she leaked it to ROL) even if she did and admitted to it - SO WHAT? Why not fight fire with fire? Why has she been vilified while the abuser gets the sympathy? It was illegal because Boss Hogg says so? Don't make me Chortle! It's no wonder the DA wouldn't touch it!


I have no doubt that Gibby cooked up the scheme to make the Maccabbee movie when he was catching flack from the Jews. He obviously was not willing to put up the POTC$ to make it. What happened with WB doesn't add up for the following reasons:


Why on EARTH would WB pitch, or otherwise relent to having Joe 'Showgirls' Ezterhaus of all people write the script? Was it an attempt to emulate Gibby's endearing practical jokester side? Did they continue on with it after it went over Gibby's head to gauge his sheer desperation?


When Gibby was in desperate need of good press, he told reporters that WB was backing the project, yet he claimed on Leno that he was 'fiscally responsible'. It sound to me that WB was never fully on board as Gibby claimed. As I recall the REASON WB hated it was because the script didn't convey the 'honor and glory' theme that GIBLITZ pitched to them!


Since Gibby has the fiscal responsibility, why agree to a gossip like Ez to begin with? What did he need WB for? He has found script writers in the past willing to go along with his sophomoric movie themes, why did he leave it up to WB to choose and pay for Ez's script? It's his baby after all!


It seems to me that WB was never serious about getting this project off the ground. They just wanted to be the ones to put the final nail in the coffin that is Mel's surreal B movie existence. The mp3 recording was just an added bonus. The WB execs were probably ROFL at that, along with Gibby's Leno appearance. It only served to draw more attention to another Mel Mega Meltdown!


As far as Leno goes, it was obviously a brokered deal. A standing O, in which the camera pans to the weak applause of the audience (which they never do). The video montage of MM's mullet glory days, and a few softballs lobbed in exchange for making the Ez altercation the central part of the interview. It only made the prospect of wanting to watch MM in another B movie less appealing.

854 days ago
111.

em    

Randy Wallace started 9 months after Joe and has already produced three drafts of the Viking project. When you are in that league, you rely on people's work ethic to produce what they promise.

I am glad to see Mel is looking better, he seems to be on the mend. There was humour in his eyes when he spoke to Jay Leno and that is good to see.

Em

853 days ago
112.

E    

you know what, every hollywood person is strange in my opinion. I still like movies and still like Gibson movies. A list of the all time best movies could easily include Braveheart. So what if he yells. He has a right to be pissed, but if he yelled at me like that I'd gut check him. Otherwise who cares, hes a millionaire at the end of the day. This PR stuff is just so he can keep earning and still be the big man. He could quit today and still be set for life far beyond any regular working guy like me.

853 days ago
113.

THE BEAVER    

For Scotty the dog, and 2 much of an Idiot, and anyone else that thinks Mel Gibson is such a bad person, more than Oksana and Joe are,and the cruel people that won't show his movies is too stupid for words and can kiss all of the members of Team Mel azzes.

Well, since you fools think Mel is the worse person that ever walked the face of the Earth..here is a little something for ya..

BAD BETTER BEST
NEVER LET IT REST
THE BAD IS THE BETTER
AND THE BETTER IS THE BEST

Mel Gibson was and will always be the best thing that ever happen in Hollywood.

853 days ago
114.

maya    

What is Cujeaux saying? Is he saying that he thinks that Mel Gibson was set-up by Warner Brothers from day one?
That isn't far-fetched, is it? It was Warner Brothers who humiliated Mel a few days before he was supposed to work on the Hangover11 movie. They took the job from him, claimed the co-workers hated Mel soo much that they wouldn't work with him. In the process, the movie gets free publicity.
Warner Brothers owns TMZ and TMZ hates Mel Gibson so would anybody be surprised to find out that it really was a set-up from day one?

Maya 28

853 days ago
115.

2idiots    

Hey Cuj
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Saw your post (#120) - well written as usual! I noticed it was only Bunny Azz attempted to insult you however true to form she failed miserably.
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I'm beginning to think the flock is giving up hope of defending their idol. They're the one's that said OG could let go - yet SHE has moved on and it's MR MEL who is screaming about her in the Ez tape. It seems rather clear that HE is the one who cant let go. In addition, his screaming about OG and MONEY while yelling at JOE is a PERFECT EXAMPLE of MR MEL's RAGE. OG has NOTHING to do with the JOE issue YET Mr MEL starts screaming about her.
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I think it was on the previous thread someone said why hasnt anyone from the Malibu Meltdown or Costa Rican Eruption stepped forward to support Joe (except his family) - better question is WHY HAS NO ONE STEPPED FORWARD TO DISCREDIT JOE's statement?
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And also, I agree with you about the WB not being on-board with the CRACK-A-BEE's project - I bet what MR MEL delivered fell far short of what he promised (Jewish Braveheart). WB probably said "thanks but no thanks".
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And I still cant get my head around the fact that MR MEL claims JOE worked on a script for 14 or 15 months AND got paid....YET delivered nothing. Why would MR MEL pay someone for something and GET NOTHING (after 14 or 15 months) and NEVER ONCE ask for updates during those months? I would actually believe Joe didnt start on the project until the SEP 2011 time frame when Gibnutz ANNOUNCED the project.

853 days ago
116.

2idiots    

OOOPSSS! This should read OG COULDNT LET GO!!!!

They're the one's that said OG could let go - yet SHE

853 days ago
117.

2idiots    

THE BEAVER: 3 hours ago
For Scotty the dog, and 2 much of an Idiot, and anyone else that thinks Mel Gibson is such a bad person, more than Oksana and Joe are,and the cruel people that won't show his movies is too stupid for words and can kiss all of the members of Team Mel azzes.
Well, since you fools think Mel is the worse person that ever walked the face of the Earth..here is a little something for ya..
BAD BETTER BEST
NEVER LET IT REST
THE BAD IS THE BETTER
AND THE BETTER IS THE BEST
Mel Gibson was and will always be the best thing that ever happen in Hollywood.
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OH MY FREAKIN' GOD....did you learn that little Rhyme in 5th grade? I'm surprised you have whipped out the "i'm rubber you're glue" response yet.

853 days ago
118.

maya    

When people get fired because their work was sub-par, (the worst script ever) don't they usually feel shame and embarrassment? How many people would tape and then distribute to the media, for all the world to hear, one of the most shameful moments of one's life? Who does that?

Maya 28

853 days ago
119.

TMZgossip    

for 'The Beaver", 5th grade was the best 4 years of their life!!

853 days ago
120.

pGrif    

Hollywood is full of people that rant and drink and fights with spouses or so's that say stuff they shouldn't If you want to boycott all the ones that screw up - you will not watch TV or a movie again. remember many are not focused on so the ones that are is political - the politics of show biz.

853 days ago
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