Mel Gibson: ‘Beaver’ cleaver?

GibsonBeaverMel Gibson is at it again; and by “it” I don’t mean winning Oscar gold.

Thursday’s report of an alleged racist tirade by the 52 year-old actor/director has ignited a firestorm of shock and backlash among journalists and and public opinion, but thislatest tirade of Gibson’s, in which he reportedly hurled the n-word and other obsenities at his ex-wife, may  have burned a couple of prominent Hollywood bridges as well with “The Beaver,” his next film, taking the first damning.

“The Beaver,” directed by Jodie Foster, stars Gibson as a desperate man who finds solace in wearing a beaver hand-puppet. That’s right–a beaver puppet.

The film, Gibson’s second starring role since 2005, was considered by many to be his first shot at winning back the hearts of disappointed fans who watched as a drunken Gibson said that Jews “were the cause of all wars” back in 2006. It’s true, pic marks the actor’s second starring venture since ‘the incident,’ but you can’t win back forgiveness by playing a raging avenger as he did in this past January’s “The Edge.” Or at least that’s not what a $10 million opening-weekend suggested.

And no, you don’t always have to be liked to be a player in this town and yes, a lot of people will never forgive the 52 year-old actor for his infamous PCH melee, but you do have to be a financial asset to succeed in this town. There’s no denying the checks and balances.

And yes, Mel paid for a good portion of “Acocalypto” out of his own pocket,” but there are only so many more films Gibson can pay for without grossing anything. (“Apocalyto” earned $200 million worldwide but reportedly cost a whopping $200 million to make)

TMZ has gotten word of a taped audio conversation, in which Gibson allegedly hurls the n-word and other obsenities at his ex-wife, Oksana Grigorieva.

While an actor’s image is noted but not always imperative in the eyes of studio execs, once a personal matter turns into a financial risk,

Normally these types of personal matters go unreported at Variety but Mel Gibson’s next film, “The Beaver,” and possibly his career, could be at risk if the alleged remarks are, in fact, his own.

Hollywood is well aware of Gibson’s racist past, highlighted by his infamous rant along PCH, in which he accused Jews of being “responsible for all the wars in the world”; an additional disparity would no doubt cement the backlash against the once-beloved Oscar-winner.

And while the public is known to slooowly forgive superstar slips (Tiger Woods, Gibson), racist remarks aren’t normally tolerated, nor should they be, especially from a director who preaches “Freedom!” from oppressors in the 1998 Oscar-winning film, “Braveheart.”

“The Beaver,” which still doesn’t have a release date, stars Gibson as a depressed man who finds solace in wearing a beaver hand-puppet. Jodie Foster directed the film and Summit is distributing.

The buzz around film is that it’s heading for Toronto. Gibson’s presence, however, is now officially a chuck of wood in “The Beaver’s” damn.

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