Ah, Mel.

I used to like Mel (never fond of his hairy ass though, as seen in the first Lethal Weapon film).  But recent turns in his personal life, such as cheating on/divorcing his wife for a Russian whatever, racist comments, and then being allegedly abusive to his ex-Russian whatever, not to mention claiming to be such a staunch Catholic AND doing all of the above, PLUS having a baby out of wedlock, have made me dislike him, and hence, not care very much about his acting skills.  Or at least have no desire to see him on-screen, or in any way contribute to his livelihood.

Those of you who have a sense of me can probably tell that I’m pretty tolerant and liberal and understanding of people’s choices, even if I don’t agree with them.  In fact, it could be argued that my own moral compass doesn’t always point north.  But I can’t tolerate someone who holds themself up as a paragon of something they believe in (whether it’s a religion, a philosophy, or a political view) but then acts in ways that are diametrically opposed to that belief, all the while continuing to hold themselves up as a standard-bearer.  I suppose it could be called moral hypocrisy. 

And that’s Mel Gibson to a T. (Where did THAT expression come from?)

However, I tuned into his movie “Maverick” today as I was getting ready to go to class, and it occurred to me how well he plays crazy men.  In fact, he’s played crazy men in many, many of his films – if not outright crazy men, men who can go crazy and act crazy.  Think about it.  He’s done so in “Mad Max”, “Maverick”, all the “Lethal Weapon” films, “Braveheart”, that Revolutionary War movie with Heath Ledger…. I suspect the list goes on and on, but I can’t think of any more of his films right now.

So what I’m saying is that he’s probably not really acting.  He’s probably just being himself.  Very capable of crazy.