Mad Mel has at least one fan left

Former Variety editor on Mel Gibson at his best and worst

Peter Bart, the former editor of Variety, weighs in on the billion-dollar divorce of Mel Gibson, who he describes as the most “tortured soul” he’s ever met.  Writing on his blog, Bart reveals he has seen the actor at his worst: “out-of-his-mind drunk, shouting denunciations of Vatican teachings. I’ve also been with him when he was subdued and sober, and full of remorse for his anti-Semitic blatherings.” Yet he remains sympathetic; “there is something downright poignant about anyone as messed up – and as talented – as Gibson,” he concludes.

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