Robert Downey Jr: It's Time to Forgive Mel

RDJ begs Hollywood to let Gibson work
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2011 11:25 AM CDT
Robert Downey, Jr. Says It's Time to Forgive Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. speak onstage during The 25th American Cinematheque Award Honoring Robert Downey Jr. held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on October 14, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.   (Getty Images)

Mel Gibson now has someone other than Jodie Foster in his corner: Robert Downey Jr. "Unless you are without sin—and if you are, you are in the wrong f***ing industry—you should forgive him and let him work," RDJ said of Gibson while accepting the American Cinematheque Award Friday night. "He taught me many things, and I will use the 'C' word—courage," Downey said. Gibson, his Air America co-star, was standing nearby, the New York Daily News notes.

"Mel and I have the same lawyer, same publicist, and same shrink. I couldn't get hired and he cast me," Downey recalled. "He said if I accepted responsibility—he called it hugging the cactus—long enough, my life would take meaning. And if he helped me, I would help the next guy. But it was not reasonable to expect the next guy would be him." Click to read why one blogger won't be giving RDJ what he wants. (More Robert Downey Jr. stories.)

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