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Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by Sali

Mel Gibson in Jodie Foster's The Beaver

Mel Gibson's rant, in which he yells over the phone at girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, has been made available at radaronline.com.

The rant revolves around Grigorieva's supposedly “fake” breasts and the way she dresses. It has become infamous worldwide because it contains sexually abusive insults, one of which features an allusion to her looking like “a fucking bitch in heat” that could end up getting gang raped “by a pack of niggers.”

(Not that millions and millions of people the world over, famous or otherwise, don't use ethnic and sexual slurs while having private arguments – or when anonymously leaving comments online. Gibson's problem is that his ugly side became public.)

Earlier this afternoon it was announced that Gibson had been dropped by William Morris Endeavor. He'd been a client of William Morris' Ed Limato for more than three decades. Limato died from lung cancer on July 3.

The Beaver, directed by Jodie Foster, and co-starring Foster and Gibson, is slated to come out in the fall, according to unconfirmed reports.

Summit Entertainment, which this year alone has successfully released audience friendly fare such as The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and, with modest success, the trickier Roman PolanskithrillerThe Ghost Writer, owns the distribution rights to the comedy-drama (written by Kyle Killen) about an executive who parades around with his buddy – a hand puppet beaver. (Shades of Harvey? In that 1950 movie based on Mary Chase's play, James Stewart plays a man whose best bud is an invisible, giant rabbit.)

Mel Gibson won an Academy Award for Best Director for the 1995 epic Braveheart, about Scotland's fight for independence from England, which also took home the Best Picture Oscar.

Prior to his winning the Oscar, Gibson had faced accusations of anti-gay bigotry, but those obviously didn't affect his career.

Accusations of anti-Semitism following both the highly successful The Passion of the Christ and a 2006 DUI arrest in Malibu, however, did affect his popularity.

His latest effort, The Edge of Darkness was a costly box office disappointment for Warner Bros. When the movie came out, Gibson took a combative stance against those who mentioned the 2006 incident.

As a result of Gibson's shaky box office clout, his most recent outburst and the ongoing investigation on domestic-abuse charges, The Beaver will likely face an uphill battle finding an audience – or even a release date in the near future.

Gibson is currently working on the ironically titled prison drama How I Spent My Summer Vacation, directed by Adrian Grunberg for Gibson's own Icon Productions.

Photo: Summit Entertainment

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Mel Gibson, Edge of Darkness

Mel Gibson, currently embroiled in a nasty child custody battle, has been dropped by William Morris Endeavor.

According to The Hollywood Reporter's Kim Masters, earlier this week WME's Patrick Whitesell told Gibson's representatives “that he would no longer be represented by the agency.”

Gibson's longtime (32 years) agent at William Morris, Ed Limato, died July 3. Without Limato, Gibson – an Oscar winner for the 1995 epic Braveheart – became persona non grata at the agency.

As quoted by Jeff Sneider in TheWrap, WME partner Ari Emanuel wrote the following at the time of Gibson's 2006 DUI arrest, during which the actor made anti-Semitic remarks:

“I wish Mel Gibson well in dealing with his alcoholism, but alcoholism does not excuse racism and anti-Semitism. Now we know the truth. And no amount of publicist-approved contrition can paper it over. People in the entertainment community, whether Jew or gentile, need to demonstrate that they understand how much is at stake in this by professionally shunning Mel Gibson and refusing to work with him, even if it means a sacrifice to their bottom line. There are times in history when standing up against bigotry and racism is more important than money.”

More recently, Gibson's child custody battle with former companion Oksana Grigorieva has further tarnished the actor's image.

Gibson is currently being investigated for assaulting Grigorieva, and was allegedly recorded screaming at her sexually abusive insults – one of which included an anti-black slur. (A segment of a reportedly thirty-minute recording has just been released at radar.com.)

Gibson's latest effort, Warner Bros.' $80 million revenge thriller Edge of Darkness, grossed only $43 million domestically and $37 million overseas earlier this year.

His next release is the comedy-drama The Beaver, directed by and co-starring Jodie Foster.

The actor is currently working on the prison drama How I Spent My Summer Vacation, made under the aegis of his own Icon Productions. Adrian Grunberg is the film's director.

Summit Entertainment owns the distribution rights to the character comedy-drama The Beaver, in which Gibson plays a man who talks to a hand puppet beaver. Jodie Foster directed and co-stars.

At this stage, it's unclear when The Beaver will be released domestically, though earlier reports had it opening in the fall.

In 2008, Kyle Killen's screenplay for The Beaver had topped the list of best-liked unproduced scripts of the year. According to Variety, The Beaver was expected to cost $18m-$19 million.

Photo: Edge of Darkness (Warner Bros.)

July 12 update

Mel Gibson, Edge of Darkness

Another freakish Mel Gibson rant has been released on tape at radaronline.com.

In this expletive-filled diatribe, Gibson tells girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva that she deserved to be hit (even while holding her baby daughter) and metaphorically threatens to kill her – “I'll put you in a fucking rose garden … You understand that?"

The fate of Jodie Foster's The Beaver remains uncertain. No release date has been set by Summit Entertainment, which owns the domestic distribution rights to the comedy-drama about a man (Gibson) whose only friend is his hand puppet beaver.

According to a Reuters report, Summit says “they are happy” with The Beaver, which cost a reported $20 million. Summit split production costs with other investors and has reportedly presold distribution rights in a number of international markets.

Gibson's latest release, the $80 million revenge thriller Edge of Darkness, was a box office disappointment earlier this year, with worldwide grosses only slightly above its production cost. (Studios get about half that amount; and then there are distribution and marketing costs that need to be covered. In other words, Edge of Darkness ended up deep in the red.)

Gibson is currently starring in the prison drama How I Spent My Summer Vacation, which is being produced by his own company, Icon Productions.

Photo: Warner Bros.

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