A Mad Max moment

Gibson honored by American Museum of the Moving Image

The American Museum of the Moving Image spared little in honoring Mel Gibson Thursday. Black-tie salute in the grand ballroom of the Walforf Astoria Hotel attracted a virtual who’s who from Gibson’s career, including Australia’s Dame Edna, who via a witty video recalled her vital role as nurse maid to the young “blue eyes.”

Gary Sinise, who played the villain opposite Gibson in “Ransom,” lightened things up by hailing the actor as one of the industry’s best prepared, recalling how in production he nearly kicked Gibson in THE most painful spot but the star had a cup under his pants to catch the blow. In honor of that moment, Sinise presented Gibson with a gold-plated cup.

After a highlight of his clips played, Gibson darted in front of a screen-sized photo of himself and, wielding a can of black spray paint, defaced his own image by drawing in a mustache.

Museum prexy Rebecca Slovin said, “Mel Gibson has excelled not only as an actor and producer, but as a director as well. He is one of our most entertaining performers.”

Guests included Danny Glover, Jodie Foster, Richard Donner, Michael Lynne, Matthew Modine, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ed Limato, Jeff Berg, Jack Valenti and Sherry Lansing. Event raised more than $1 million, which will be donated to the museum’s educational programs.

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