In case you haven't heard yet, a release date has been set for Mel Gibson's next film, The Beaver
. The movie, directed by Jodie Foster
, stars Gibson as a man who finds a friend in a Beaver hand puppet he's convinced is real, and its release has been delayed for months, ever since "the whole Mel Gibson thing" happened.
But now with a March 23rd release date looming, and obvious press to be done, will everyone put aside Gibson's troubles and enjoy the film, or will his alcoholic, Jew-hatin' past come back to haunt him? Um ... so far it's the latter.
Winona Ryder, best known for Heathers and being a recovering kleptomaniac, has become one of the first celebrities to address the Gibson situation. In a new interview with GQ, she recalls this fascinating Gibson encounter:
"I remember, like, 15 years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties,” Ryder said. “And he was really drunk. I was with my friend, who’s gay. He made a really horrible gay joke. And somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about ‘oven dodgers,’ but I didn’t get it. I’d never heard that before. It was just this weird, weird moment. I was like, ‘He’s anti-Semitic and he’s homophobic.’ No one believed me!”
We'll believe you after you put down the sweater and back away from the department store.
In all seriousness, though, can Gibson dodge one more round of "everyone in the world hating his guts" in order to successfully open a film?