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Rest in Peace Heath [Jan. 25th, 2008|10:43 pm]
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I found this article of FOXNews.com... I think Mel Gibson is really a big hypocrite if you ask me. And the problem is, I still like his older movies and he used to be one of my favorite actors. But ever since he did The Passion of the Christ (very good movie btw) he became all... weird.

 The article:

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Mel Gibson Distanced Himself From Heath Ledger After 'Brokeback Mountain'

Though Mel Gibson expressed his sorrow this week over the death of Heath Ledger, he had actually distanced himself from the younger Australian actor in the years since Ledger played a gay cowboy in "Brokeback Mountain," according to the New York Daily News.

Ledger chose not to follow Gibson's advice against taking the "Brokeback" leading role of Ennis Del Mar, a ranch hand who falls in love with another male cowboy and all the while struggles with his homosexuality, private investigator Paul Barresi told the News.

As a result, Gibson pulled back from the friendship with Ledger, whom he'd gotten to know when Ledger played his son in "The Patriot."

Barresi said a "major Hollywood producer" told him that Ledger asked Gibson whether he should play the part of Ennis, and "Gibson strongly counseled against it. The role apparently ran counter to Gibson's morality. And he felt that it would ruin Heath's career," the News reported.

But Ledger ignored the suggestion and signed on to do the film anyway, leading to a rift with Gibson, according to the News.

"When Gibson parted ways with Heath, it broke his heart," Barresi told the paper.

In the end, Ledger's performance in "Brokeback" won him critical accolades, an Oscar nomination and newfound respect as a serious, talented and complex actor, allowing him to shed his image as just another Hollywood heartthrob.

In 2006, Ledger told London's Evening Standard that his decision to play Ennis "was kind of a reaction against the comparison that I'm the new Mel Gibson."

On Tuesday, Gibson issued a statement calling Ledger's death "a tragic loss."

“I had such great hope for him. He was just taking off and to lose his life at such a young age is a tragic loss," he said. "My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

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And if you think about it, Gibson was distancing because he stands against homosexuality as a hardcore Christian (he is considered to be the biggest Christian activist in Hollywood) and because it is a sin and wrong in the Bible. However, Gibson himself played in various movies throughout his career that portrayed other sins as well.. such as the movie Payback where he was a man bent on revenge who did nothing but go on a killing spree for the entire movie because he was screwed over by an ex-con partner of his. He was seen killing, drinking, and having "sex" in many of his movies, and yet he found it right to distance himself because of a movie about homosexuality? Dude that pisses me off.

Please share your thoughts on this with me...

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From: (Anonymous)
2008-01-26 03:58 pm (UTC)
I don't believe this gossip item at all. I think that Paul Barresi is just looking for more media attention by cashing in on all the hysteria surrounding Heath Ledger's death. Gibson's publicist called this story a "complete crock of s***." I mean, Mel Gibson has good actor friends who have taken gay roles like Robert Downey Jr, plus Gibson has said that it wasn't until he was acting the role of Alexander the Great in drama school that he really became excited about acting.
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