Mel Gibson Loses Agency Representation & Maybe His Career?
Back in 2006, the buzz around Mel Gibson was nearly unavoidable, and not in any good way. At the time, Gibson had been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, only to be follow that with a mouthful of offensive, degrading, sexist and even anti-Semitic remarks to his arresting officer. Returning to the big screen earlier this year with Edge of Darkness, it seemed he was eager to get back on the good side of the public eye. However, RiskyBiz is now reporting that after his recent spat (more below), William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has decided to drop him as their client, which is not good for him or his career.
If you're unaware, around two weeks ago an audio file surfaced over at RadarOnline where Gibson can be heard yelling and threatening Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his love child. Aside from some morbidly hilarious (and apparently meme worthy) lines like "I am going to come and burn the f**king house down, but you will blow me first," Gibson can also be heard using some choice racial slurs and other graphic and vulgar insults in reference to Ms. Grigorieva which we won't write up here. In addition, Gibson is under investigation for physically assaulting Grigorieva as well. While we don't deal with any hot tabloid gossip here, it's hard to avoid when such "news" starts invading the professional side of a that celebrity's career.
Gibson was already walking on eggshells after the last 2006 incident when WME partner Ari Emanuel was extremely offended and even hostile towards the actor after his anti-Semitic remarks, but he was kept at the agency out of respect for Gibson's long-time and legendary agent Ed Limato, who sadly just passed away this past week. Limato's death doesn't have anything to do with the sudden drop as the agency apparently hasn't officially represented the actor since the William Morris/Endeavor merger. Unfortunately for Gibson, it's not just his talent representation that seems to be washing their hands of him as one studio executive said, "I'd rather get engaged to Lindsay Lohan than have anything to do with him." Ouch!
While I prefer to keep actors' personal lives separate from their careers (I didn't give two shits about Tom Cruise's tabloid presence a couple years back), this incident will undoubtedly have quite a large and negative effect on his career. This is bad news for other promising films like the Jodie Foster directed comedy The Beaver, a script that was on the 2008 Black List which has Gibson as a man who wears a beaver puppet on his hand that he treats as a real person (this could be a case of art imitating life if Gibson keeps these kind of antics up). And who knows what this will do to other pending projects like a Lethal Weapon 5 or the Viking epic that would put Gibson behind the camera again.
I'm not going to be throwing out any of his movies I happen to own or boycott his future projects, but plenty of other people, especially those in the industry, won't be so forgiving and it will take a miracle for his career to recover gracefully. If anything positive comes from all of this, maybe the reality television crowd will get some weak entertainment out of it, as there's surely some sort of E! caliber show that people would just eat up. Something along the lines of Mel Gibson: Forever Drunk (But You Will Blow Me First). The guy's a solid actor and I hate to see him throw his life away like this, but that man makes crazy blush. Your thoughts?