Many people in Austin, Texas were wondering about the whereabouts of one Mel Gibson
as his newest film, The Beaver
, was premiering at the SXSW Film Festival last night. Well, look no further than the El Segundo Police Department, where Gibson was holed up last night
getting his picture and prints taken in relation to his pleading no contest to a battery charge last week -- a charge that stems all the way back to January of 2010, when his then-wife Oksana Grigorieva claimed he assaulted her.
Gibson has already received his sentence, though, so all this was just a formality. In case you missed the news previously, the actor was sentenced to 16 hours of community service, 52 weeks of counseling, 36 months of informal probation and countless hours of online ridiculing. All of this came on the heels of his film The Beaver premiering at the SXSW Film Festival to a crowd who seemed ready for Gibson to return to acting again. While many critics have knocked the film for its tonal inconsistencies, everyone has praised Gibson's performance, calling it one of the best of his career.
Whether or not he'll be on hand to promote the film when it's officially released in May is unknown at this time. It's probable the studio will make him available for select interviews that don't ask him about his personal troubles -- and we could totally see him doing the rounds with the big boys (and girls, like Oprah) in an effort to restore his reputation -- but it'll take a lot more to get people to like Mel Gibson again. Between his racist remarks and abusive attitude, the guy is one nasty drug addiction away from scoring the Negative Publicity Trifecta (which could land him in record books, we imagine). By the time all is said and done, dude may quite literally need to look to a puppet Beaver for support because it may be the only thing left willing to listen to the guy's problems.