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Winona Ryder's comments make things hairier for Mel Gibson's 'The Beaver'

December 16, 2010 |  2:53 pm

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There's only 14 weeks to go before the release of Mel Gibson's "The Beaver," and the film's publicity problems keep mounting.

In the new issue of GQ magazine, “Black Swan” co-star Winona Ryder recounts a moment sure to make Gibson’s publicity team (and plenty of others) cringe.

"I remember, like, 15 years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties,” Ryder tells the magazine. “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!”

Even if Ryder’s eye-popper doesn’t shake loose any other Gibson stories, a conventional media roll-out for the movie could prove tricky at best. Then again, Ryder’s story does indicate that Gibson was intoxicated, so maybe alcohol could again play the villain, as it did after he was stopped for driving under the influence in Malibu in 2006.

There’s always an angle.

--Steven Zeitchik

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Photo: Mel Gibson in "Edge of Darkness." Credit: Warner Bros.

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There are always angles - she's also trying to make a comeback and that article from GQ is everywhere because of the Mel mention.

Considering what she has gone through she probably shouldn't have said anything but also what a shame to see the total meltdown of such a talented actor/director. His career will never be the same. If he has one at all.

Oh, he'll definitely have one. You know how the old saying goes, " bad publicity, is good publicity..." As long as we are still talking about him, he still matters.

Like anyone cares about Winona Ryder! She is a thief! Hollywood should love Mel Gibson, but they do not. It is so easily understood as to why. It is simply because he produced a Christian movie about Jesus. If he had not, Hollywood would be embracing him, just as they do Charlie Sheen and his numerous domestic violence episodes as well as perhaps, Alex Baldwin and his horrid taped discussion with his daughter.

There are, of course many others whose behavior has been simply far worse to prove the absolute logic of my position as well as the position of millions of other Americans. But why bother. I would add, that most of the movies coming out of Hollywood stink, and the stars have lost their big luster for the most part. Plus who is going to the movies these days. The box office draw is a thing of the past for most Americans anyway.

Many of the older stars still do entertain us with their brilliance and acting ability, but of course Mel Gibson is one of those. So, in conclusion, this article, is ridiculous. Honestly, one disgusting and simi-working woman named Winona Ryder will not infect me with her slander of the greatest director and actor Hollywood has seen in a long time.

PS. Approving articles by the "author" for submission on posting is also ridiculous. This is a country of free speech and while it seems that The Washington Post continually forgets that, if my comment is NOT posted, you will hear from me.

shoplifting thieves aren't much better than drunks imo

I'm continually amazed by all the contrived hypocrisy and phony sanctimonious outrage surrounding Mel Gibson's recent contretemps. In my lifetime, I don't think I've ever seen any actor/director come under such relentless scrutiny or wholesale character assasination by the media at large. With that said, Mel Gibson makes better movies than most and I'll continue to see his films as long as they continue to be entertaining. By contrast, Winona Ryder is a liar and a shoplifter who rarely makes a movie worth watching.

Also worth noting that Steven Zeitchik has been blogging/tweeting about the premature demise of Mel Gibson's career since the moment the Oksana scandal broke. No bias there, Eh Steve?

Yet another tendentious piece of anti-Mel sentiment on the part of Steven Zeitchik. Why am I not surprised?

Why is it that some of the most talented and creative people around don't blink twice about working with a Roman Polanski or a Mike Tyson?

Good person to choose if you were looking for moral superiority in Hollywood's never ending quest to paint Mel Gibson as a freak. The same person who shoplifted for fun and then said this:

"I didn’t have this tremendous sense of guilt, because I hadn’t hurt anyone. Had I physically harmed someone or caused harm to a human being, I think it would have been an entirely different experience,” isn't really the go-to gal if you're looking for comments on somebody's morals or behavior. This probably has more to do with her big "comeback" than anything Mel allegedly said. Hey, she might even be lying.

Sorry Winona. I call B.S

Yeah,Yeah,,what is she up to,,get her name in the paper,pathetic person,,she should go and do some more shoplifting,,,miss perfect,has she any witnesses when he said this,,or is it just 'say so', get a life,

Anyone ever notice that you can slam the President, or you can slam the Government, and definitely slam Christians, reduce Christmas to Merry Xmas, and remove the Nativity scenes from malls, but if you dare slam the Jews they will never let you of the hook. Your name will be black listed and smeared all over the media. Why to you Jews think your better than the rest of the world? Guess what? Your not. Go back to Israel if you don't like our the US and take your hawkers at the mall selling fake sea salt with you. Whats that? You want to sue me too?

Interesting of the two comments, one blames Winona for revealing further evidence of Gibson being a rancid human being, and the other just bemoans the loss of his great career. I'm sorry but in film annals, I'll be able to do without Mad Max and the Thunderdome or fcking Braveheart. How about you give this guy just a tiny fraction of the angry judgement and harsh criticism you give other people in the business, until he faces the wrath that others go thru for far FAR less infractions, it's no wonder he can be such a vile specimen and STILL not really be sanctioned or condemned by people in Hollywood.

wow, there's a lot of hate here in these comments. We should all remember that not everything that is put in a magazine really happened, no one knows anything about celebrities or how they think about things- it is ALL an illusion. I think all celebrities do what they can to keep their names as close to the A list as possible and here we all are, spewing thoughts about 2 of them.

Oven Dodger
hmmm
Oven Dodger
What a tastless, despicable comment. The Team Mel lobbiest need to take the blinders off and realize he isn'g going to sleep with them... and understand that if he was ever introduced to them, "oven dodgers", "f@g", "n*gg*r" and any one of a dozen other ethnic/ racist/ semitic/ homophobic/ woman demeaning term would be uttered by him as he turned away.

She's a cashier dodger.

I will never watch another mel gibson movie, either one he has produced or acts in. He is a despicable person saying such things. He should know better. And if he truly believes the things he says while drunk, then what a miserable human being he really is. He needs to take a walk through the Museum of Tolerance and see and hear what my relatives went through.

Steven, read this sentence again, and think.

"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.."

The famously career-challenged Winona Ryder – not the least ambitious woman in Hollywood -- does an interview with GQ to plug a film. Apparently, the subject of Mel Gibson just happens to pop up during the interview. (Doesn’t it always?) Ryder claims she recalls Gibson saying something at a party 15 years ago -- the only time she was ever within earshot of the man -- that convinced her he was a homophobe and anti-Semite.

Is it not Kosher to remind the media that 15 years ago this woman was an admitted addict, and that she is also a convicted thief, perjurer, and a liar? Was it only 18 months ago she went about LA falsely boasting to the media she was going to star in the upcoming “Heathers 2” to garner some career publicity? (When questioned, the Heathers producers had no idea what she was talking about and said her statements to the media were untrue.)

Perhaps Ms. Ryder is still trying to “find herself.” There's always an angle.


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