Mel Gibson insists that the infliction has given a positive effect on his life that makes him able to learn from the mistakes and brave to face his most frightening fear of 'public humiliation'.
Mel Gibson has become "stronger" since his drink-drive arrest in 2006, because it forced him to face his biggest fear - "public humiliation." The "Braveheart" star was arrested for getting behind the wheel while intoxicated and subsequently sentenced to three years' probation on a misdemeanor driving under the influence (DUI) charge.
Gibson also sparked outrage by making anti-Semitic remarks to the arresting officer, and was compelled to issue two public apologies about his comments. But the actor is adamant the incident had a positive effect on his life - as he has been able to learn from his mistakes.
He says, "You ask anybody what their number one fear is and it's public humiliation. Multiply that on a global scale and that's what I've been through. It changes you and makes you one tough motherf**ker. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
He adds, "It's really that simple. You can't do anything but live in the moment and leave the future in the hands of providence and don't regret the past too much. Maybe just take a lesson from it."
Gibson has since won a court battle to wipe the drink-driving charge from his police record.