Mel Gibson has surfaced as having been a lot more popular across the world over the span of his career than his critics would like to believe. In fact Gibson will be given a lifetime achievement honor at the Karlovy Vary Festival reported The Hollywood Reporter on June 24, 2014. Organizers have said Gibson will be given the Crystal Globe for lifetime achievement when the 49th edition of the central European film festival in the Czech Republic begins next week.
Gibson is well remembered for having played the title role in George Miller’s 1979 futuristic action movie “Mad Max.” Gibson made a name for himself across the world in this movie. Gibson’s latest film as a director, the drama “Apocalypto,” will be screened at the festival. Gibson produced, directed and co-wrote this 2006 film which received three Oscar nominations. The story behind the downfall of the ancient Mayan empire is told in the original indigenous language in this movie.
In recent years the Crystal Globe has gone to such stars as Helen Mirren, Jude Law and John Malkovich. Other guests at this this year’s Karlovy Vary festival include French actress Fanny Ardant, who will present her third film as a writer and director, “Cadences obstinees,” and Hollywood actress Laura Dern for a special screening of David Lynch’s cult film “Wild at Heart”. Laura Dern co-starred with Nicolas Cage in this movie. “Wild at Heart” won the Golden Palm at Cannes in 1990.
News of Gibson being chosen for the Crystal Globe has raised memories of the controversy surrounding his alleged anti-Semitic remarks years ago. Gary Oldman has surfaced in defense of Gibson. Oldman has defended Gibson over his 2006 anti-Semitic remarks, reports The Independent. Oldman has commented in regrd to these remarks, we should “take a f**king joke” and “get over it”.
Oldman has gone on to comment that at all of us have said those kind of things. It irritates him that we all hide and attempt to be so politically correct. Gibson sure wasn’t worried about being poltiically correct during a 2006 arrest for suspected drink-driving in Malibu, California. During that incident he made what has been reported as anti-Semitic remarks to a policeman. According to the police, Gibson asked the officer if he was Jewish and commented, “F**king Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”
Gibson later apologized for these remarks. He said they were blurted out when he was experiencing a moment of insanity. He even went as far as saying his own behavior was despicable. Oldman says tt’s the hypocrisy of all of this that drives him crazy. It’s his feeling those who have attacked Gibson over this incident are simply hypocrites who fail to recognize the controversial things they have said and done. Well, not everyone is being a hypocrite in dealing with the very talented and generally pleasant Gibson who certainly deserves the Crystal Globe award.