The judge might also help determine whether Mr. Gibson has a future in Hollywood — indeed whether he will ever again be viewed as anything other than a growling monster.
A star and filmmaker who has brought in billions of dollars at the box office with pictures as diverse as “The Passion of the Christ” and the “Lethal Weapon” series, Mr. Gibson experienced an extraordinary shunning after Radaronline.com last July posted what appeared to be recordings of him ranting in obscene and racist terms at Ms. Grigorieva.
He was dropped by his agency and banished, because of cast and crew objections, from even a cameo role in “The Hangover Part II.” Two pictures in which he stars — “The Beaver,” directed by Jodie Foster, and “How I Spent My Summer Vacation,” from the first-time director Adrian Grunberg — are still unreleased, awaiting decisions about their future.
Mr. Gibson and Ms. Grigorieva have now squared off in the family law corner of Los Angeles County Superior Court, a semi-private forum that is being asked to settle a very public dispute. And their battle royale promises to define not just their parental rights, but also the reputation of each, their possible exposure to prosecution — he on a battering complaint, she on an extortion accusation — and the limits to which a judicial system can be stretched to accommodate that ever-expanding beast, celebrity.
Although there is evidence that audiences may be forgiving of Mr. Gibson — in a “60 Minutes”/Vanity Fair poll only 20 percent of respondents said his scandal made them less likely to see one of his pictures — the film industry seems to be waiting to take its guidance from the legal system. If it goes well in court for Mr. Gibson, for instance, Summit Entertainment, which is looking for just such a sign of support, would have the cover it needs to release at long last “The Beaver,” a $20 million comedic drama about a man who communicates with a hand puppet.
Stewart Till, the chief executive of Icon UK Group, which is handling the international distribution of “How I Spent My Summer Vacation,” said the movie had found buyers in most foreign territories and was scheduled to open abroad next year, but plans for a domestic release have yet to be settled. The film, which was made by Mr. Gibson’s own Icon Productions, is still being finished and will be shown soon to potential distributors in the United States.
Some industry veterans contend that Mr. Gibson’s career is too seriously damaged to be helped even by a judge’s determination that he is a fit father. One is Lindsay Conner, a partner in the entertainment division of the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, which does not represent Mr. Gibson. “What happens in family court will certainly affect Mel’s personal life,” Mr. Conner said. “But absent some truly startling revelation, I don’t believe it will change his overall marketability.”
Gus: like many artists, Mel Gibson appears to be a flawed tormented man with power to sublimate. Very talented, he has shown an extraordinary amount of courage (delusion in self-belief leading to gold-medal survival or total annihilation) to go out on his own and tread where other people would not. He has pushed against the system, using crude and sometimes demented schemes... He was in many good movies.. He has produced many good movies, including Apocalypto — a movie than many people claimed was one of the finest ever made... But the Jewish run Hollywood may finally get rid of him... He told them where to get off when he was pissed and apologised for it later — though I deeply believe he thought he was right in relation to his faith, since demised, and in relation to what the zionists do... He insulted the Jews, he has "misbehaved" and they can take no more of his unfunny ways...
But he's too good to be wasted, even wasted by his own deplorable antics, some of which would be driven by the insecurity in his own worth or by the awakening at the delusions that drive others — including the delusion of zionism... He has made mistakes, he has believed in a religious credo with incredible passion. He has been distracted by the process of getting old... especially his family getting old... while he felt he had more sex and more love to give... Mid-life crisis ahoy for all of us... As an artist, he is a far greater actor than say a woody Tom Cruise...
Sex and lust mistaken for love has once again destroyed several lives with Mel in it. And Mel would know it... Hard to know where it all came from, but in this I am prepared to think that Mel was the most honest — possibly too demanding, too weird — and mad.
I know mad. Creative mad... Many artists are mad, especially the creative ones, not so much the "interpreters" of works who also can becoming mad from the need to be someone else with conviction. Mel is both — creator and interpreter... Creators can be confused. The process of creation and the mill of real life can merge into powerful illusions. From the onset, Mel has been a creative character who goes beyond the show of performance. He shows he believes in the action and purpose of performance.
I am prepared to believe that his best work is still in front of him, but it may never get out. He may have entered the phase of artistic self-destruction, where sought-after mistakes and deliberate abuse become the only muses. I have been "mad" all my life. I've made mistakes. I've managed. I have subscribe to a through-line of solving problems in order to maintain a happily sustainable reality amongst failure and success of artistic creative actions.
the Jewish run Hollywood may finally get rid of Mel Gibson... He got rid of them a long time ago — not with his catholicism, but with his madly-driven gall to succeed... but his behaviour is sadly interfering with other people's lives who think they know him when he does not know himself. It's not a one way street... It's for other people to understand and accept where he's coming from — other than his money. And I believe few people have understood.
He might understand the next creative step...
Note: Some people may wonder what this has to do with "democracy". Most of Gibson's work has been performed in relation to a greater "social context". Not just action movie or an interesting vignette. He may have learned this from his Mad Max — the road warrior — days with George Miller. But his protrayal of Tim was also laced with subtext than only Mel added by his own weird persona. In many of his role or directed movies, there is a social decay or a change of social order: he may not have realised this yet. But I think he knows. It's a battle as to who controls the social order, in which nothing is ever clear cut.