In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, Peter Biskind takes a look at the tumultuous life of Mel Gibson. The piece opens with a fantastic quote from director Richard Donner:
I have a bust of Abraham Lincoln in my office, and it’s not because of the greatness he did for our country, but it’s because that whenever I look at it I have to remember an actor killed him.
Great, right? Well, in a piece about Gibson, there are obviously many, many more quotes worth noting, despite the actor opting not to be interviewed.
Biskind does a good job of getting all the highs and lows of Gibson, and manages to find one common factor throughout it all: The influence of Gibson’s father, Hutton Gibson.
Hutton is apparently an extremely religious guy, and that religion – called Catholic Traditionalism – has shaped Mel Gibson’s hatred of pretty much everyone.
Biskind says that Hutton has repeatedly downplayed the Holocaust, referred to the Vatican II – a reform of the church that brought about a much needed modernization of Catholicism – as “a Masonic plot backed by the Jews,” and backed Catholic Traditionalism’s theory that women aren’t equal to men.
For Mel Gibson it appears to be like father like son – for better – or more frequently, worse.