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I first read about this last week.
He needs a psychiatric evaluation/treatment, not publicity.
Is it possible Mel is bipolar or something?
I'm no mental health professional, but something is very wrong with Mel. For every incident we hear about, I wonder how many unpublicized incidents we don't hear about. I mean, that friend went to his house with a tape recorder as though he anticipated some sort of outburst from Mel.
IIRC, Mel has had some drug and alcohol problems in the past? If so, that combined with any type of mental illness, people not making him responsible for his actions. A combination of all three could lead to these actions, or no connection to these factors could be the issue. Mel may have behavior that people often associate with bi-polar, but I believe he has many more that are just plain anger/control issues.There are several types of bipolar disorder; all involve episodes of depression and mania to a degree.
Bipolar disorder is a lifelong illness. Episodes of mania and depression eventually can occur again, if you don't get treatment. A small percentage of people will continue to have symptoms, even after getting treatment for their bipolar disorder. Here are the types of bipolar disorder:
Bipolar I disorder involves episodes of severe mood swings, from mania to depression.
Bipolar II disorder is a milder form, involving milder episodes of hypomania that alternate with depression.
Cyclothymic disorder describes even milder mood changes.
To me, the man appears to be someone who has anger management issues and control issues, where people have not made him responsible for his actions. Would anyone without money or fame be allowed to carry on like this?
Sometimes an asshole is just an asshole.
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For years I've refused to watch any Mel Gibson movies since he started going on these tirades. And the "Mad Max" and "Lethal Weapon" movies were some of my favorites in the past. What an ass. He turns my stomach.
why is joe eszterhas at his house making secret recordings?
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If you were going to work with Mel Gibson (writing a script, in this case) you might want to document the event, given Gibson's "history".
He sounds like a bipolar patient off his meds.
All I can think of is how when South Park did their Passion of the Jew episode several years back, their caricature of Mel Gibson was comically ridiculous. Looking back, it wasn't that far off from the real thing.
My dad used to have crazed screaming fits like that when I was a kid. It wasn't a mental issue, it was an anger management issue. My dad has improved a lot over the years, and has gained a lot of perspective and awareness of what his temper tantrums did to us growing up. Mel's gone in the opposite direction. I'd like to think that underneath all those layers of asshole there's a decent human being somewhere, but considering all the reports about inhumane working conditions on his films, probably not.
Joe Esterhaus is no saint to be sure, but he's Saint Francis compared to Mel. To say Mel has Anger Management issues is an understatement. Set aside his virulent anti-semitism (which isn't easy) he's a jackass of the highest order and why anyone would want to work with him is beyond me.
But I must add one thing to my other post about a different type of Mel. Before the release of "The Passion" Mel took the film around to various ministers and pastors looking for their opinion and input. I know a minister who got a private screening with Mel and about a dozen other ministers, and he told me that Mel coudn't have been nicer and genuinely wanted to know what they thought. How that jibes with this raving lunatic I don't know, but I thought I ought to mention it.
According to other websites it was not Joe making the recording but Joe's 15 year old son. Still, Joe took the recording and released it.