Robert Downey Jr. Wants Hollywood to Forgive Mel Gibson


Robert Downey Jr., Susan Levin


During his acceptance speech at American Cinematheque Awards, Downey asked the crowd to offer Gibson the same slate that they have given him in the past.

Robert Downey Jr. made it about Mel Gibson during his tribute at the 25th Annual American Cinematheque Award Show. In front of fellow celebrity stars, the "Iron Man" actor recalled how Gibson helped him during his own dark time and eventually asked Hollywood to forgive Gibson of "his trespasses".

Downey personally asked for Gibson to hand him the Cinematheque honor. "I asked Mel to present this award for me for a reason," he said. "When I couldn't get sober, he told me not to give up hope and encouraged me to find my faith. It didn't have to be his or anyone else's as long as it was rooted in forgiveness. And I couldn't get hired, so he cast me in the lead of a movie that was actually developed for him."

Gibson famously helped Downey to make a comeback by paying Downey's insurance bond so he could star in 2003's "The Singing Detective". "He kept a roof over my head and food on the table and most importantly he said if I accepted responsibility for my wrongdoing and embraced that part of my soul that was ugly, hugging the cactus he calls it, he said that if I hugged the cactus long enough, I'd become a man," Downey added in his acceptance speech.

He continued, "I would ask that you join me, unless you are completely without sin, in which case you picked the wrong f*cking industry, in forgiving my friend his trespasses and offering him the same clean slate you have me, allowing him to continue his great and ongoing contribution to our collective art without shame. He's hugged the cactus long enough."

© AceShowbiz.com


MORE FROM NEWS

Leave a Comment

Required fields are marked with *

   

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Fighting Over Karrueche? Chris Brown's Crew Allegedly Confronts Migos at BET Awards After-Party
  2. 'Toy Story': Sad Backstory of Andy's Father Debunked by Writer
  3. 'Avengers: Infinity War' Set Photos Reveal Iron Man's New Suit
  4. 'America's Got Talent' Week 5: Guy Sings Whitney Houston's 'I Have Nothing' Like It's Nothing
  5. Protective Boyfriend The Weeknd Tells Selena Gomez to Cover Up
  6. Katy Perry Breaks Silence on Orlando Bloom's Nude Photos, Claims He Tried to Get Her Naked Too
  7. Living Life to the Fullest! Brad Pitt Caught Cozying Up to Sienna Miller and Elle Macpherson
  8. Angelina Jolie Is Worrying That Brad Pitt Will Get More Custody
  9. George Clooney and Amal Are Moving Their Children to L.A. for Safety Reasons
  10. Katy Perry Crowd-Surfing Twice at Glastonbury 2017

CELEBS PHOTO