Mel Gibson's BRAVEHEART helped heal my relationship with my father.
In my recently released non-fiction memoir about my father, entitled FINDING MALONE, I write how the Mel Gibson masterpiece was a part of the most amazing healing that a father and son could ever experience - that lasted for 17 years, until Bill Mansfield passed away in 2012.
I've come to the conclusion that the presence of Mel Gibson in Hollywood is as much needed as is his presences in the lives of so many people - whose healing will come to them much as his own healing has come to him.
In this fascinating article, Allison Hope Weiner makes the case far better than I could, regarding Gibson's benefit in returning to Hollywood and to the world.
I agree with her.
May Mel Gibson return and be used as an agent of healing and comfort in other people's lives, just as he was used in the lives of Dennis and Bill Mansfield - and in the lives of thousands others who have read my book or books.
Here's an excerpt from the article:
The fact that he won’t jump to his own defense is part of his problem, but also part of why I have grown to respect him. That is why on the occasion of this 10th anniversary of Passion, a film about an innocent man’s willingness to forgive the greatest injustice, I propose to Hollywood that it’s time to forgive Mel Gibson. He has been in the doghouse long enough. It’s time to give the guy another chance.
For those who are skeptical, I understand. For the longest time, I disliked Gibson and thought he was a Holocaust-denier, homophobic, misogynistic, racist drunk. I wrote as much in articles for EW and the NY Times. And whenever I wrote about him, I would get irate calls from his representatives saying I didn’t know him.
Then something happened that I never expected. I came to rethink my harsh assessment after I got to know the man. It started when I interviewed him in 2006 for an EW cover. I could see that he was smart, expressing sincere empathy for the people he’d hurt. I had to admit to myself that I was impressed that he hadn’t shied away from answering my tough questions.
My dad would agree with me, if he were still alive today.