Mel Gibson Interview: ““Well I was around for my kids, “ he laughs, “so there’s that. I’m a lot softer, I’m nowhere near as much of a hard ass.”
In his latest role, Mel Gibson plays a tough, womanizing, gambling deadbeat dad who ran out on his son and all his fatherly responsibilities. The icon fails to see any reflection on his own skills as a father. “Well I was around for my kids, “ he laughs, “so there’s that. I’m a lot softer, I’m nowhere near as much of a hard ass.”
There’s definitely a warm, infectious softness in Gibson’s voice. But unfortunately for the star, the whole world is more than familiar with his tough side. Its ten years since his spectacular fall from grace after a string of personal faux pas – most famously a drink-driving encounter with descended into anti-Semitic bigotry.
But what a difference a decade can make? Earlier this year, Gibson saw his WW2 epic, Hacksaw Ridge heralded during awards season. And now he’s starring alongside Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in the sequel to their monster hit, Daddy’s Home. Evidently, a star is reborn.