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    Gibson, Professor Trade Barbs Over Film
    Friday March 23 6:00 PM ET

    Mel Gibson exchanged angry words with a university professor who challenged the accuracy of his film "Apocalypto" at an on-campus screening. Gibson was answering questions from the crowd at California State University, Northridge, Thursday night when Alicia Estrada, an assistant professor of Central American studies, accused the actor-director of misrepresenting the Mayan culture in the movie. Gibson directed an expletive at the woman, who was removed from the crowd.

    "In no way was my question aggressive in the way that he responded to it," Estrada said. "These are questions that my peers, my colleagues, ask me every time I make a presentation. These are questions I pose to my students in the classroom."

    Gibson's publicist, Alan Nierob, characterized the professor as "a heckler."

    "The woman ... was rude and disruptive inasmuch as the event organizers had to escort her out," Nierob said.

    Lauren Robeson, editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, the Daily Sundial, said Gibson denounced Estrada as a troublemaker.

    "It was a brief disruption to an otherwise interesting, stimulating event from our students' perspectives," said university spokesman John Chandler. "The students were very appreciative of Mr. Gibson being there. He spent a lot of time answering questioernational headlines. The R-rated epic about the decline of Mayan civilization shows Mayan rulers slitting throats and beheading and ripping the beating hearts from the chests of their enemies.

    Human sacrifice among the Mayans has been well-documented in recent years and is accepted as fact by most anthropologists, knocking down a previous theory that the culture did not take part in such bloody rituals.

    However, there are some scholars and Indian activists who still believe the human sacrifice accounts are false or overblown, and an attempt by racist scientists to paint the culture as violent.

    "This isn't the Mayan culture," Juan Tiney, leader of the National Indian and Farmer Committee, Guatemala's biggest Mayan organization, told the AP. "Although it might be part of it, there was also culture, economics, astronomical wealth and language. ... It discredits a people to present them in this manner."

    Gibson "did his homework and consulted with world authorities on this matter," Nierob said.

    "Apocalypto" has grossed more than $100 million worldwide, and it earned three Academy Award nominations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by General Gonad
    Gibson, Professor Trade Barbs Over Film
    Friday March 23 6:00 PM ET

    Mel Gibson exchanged angry words
    Yes, and here they are:
    Mel Gibson tells people to fuck off

    And here
    Mel Goes Ballistic -- "Lady, Fuck Off!"


    Jesus love you Mel.

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    Regardless of what the woman said. It is unacceptable to respond to criticism in a public venue by telling the person to go fuck themselves. More than anything, it shows Gibson's immaturity, ignorance and temper.

    It amuses me that the publicist calls the lady a heckler and claims that she disrupted the event, but does not acknowledge Gibson's inappropriate response.
    Amantes sunt amentes.

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    Gibson losing his temper is about as shocking as the inept Montreal Canadiens losing a hockey game - in other words it's no surprise and we've come to expect it.

    Mel should team up with Michael Richards, another dude famous for controlling (ha ha) his temper. They could tour as M 'n' M.

    Meanwhile it's interesting that California State University (a joke in its own right!) removed its own employee (the assistant professor) and supported the aging prettyboy. I guess that's what they call loyalty in California. As usual in incidents like this, everyone involved looks like an asshole.

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    Obviously Gibson overreacted in a crude and highly inappropriate manner, but my understanding, from having personally visited and toured the Chichen Itza ruins and observed the relics of some of the games the Mayans played and listened to the history of the cruel and unusual methods by which certain Mayans were sacrificed, is that Gibson is not far off with the historical accuracy of his portrayal of Mayan culture in "Apocalypto". Whether he is historically accurate or not, of course, the professor had a right to question him (assuming she did so appropriately and in a non-heckling manner), and get an intelligent or at least a civilized response.

    One other thing about Gibson: I think his success as an actor, at least in the Lethal Weapon films, derived to a great extent from projecting aspects of his own real life personality into the characters he played. So it should come as no surprise that he is as intense and nuts in real life as the Lethal Weapon character he played.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joelcairo
    Gibson losing his temper is about as shocking as the inept Montreal Canadiens losing a hockey game - in other words it's no surprise and we've come to expect it.
    Ironically, much like your childish and tired little routine about the Habs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustBob
    Ironically, much like your childish and tired little routine about the Habs.
    Look on the bright side Bobby: the season will soon be over for the hapless Habs and at that point probably no one will be talking about them. Unfortunately it will all start over again when the next NHL season begins and all the sad sack Habs fans again start dreaming in technicolor.

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