Mel Gibson on recent rant: I've got a little bit of a temper
Mel Gibson opened up about his most recent controversy on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and joked with the late night host about his short fuse.
"Maybe you don't know this about me, but I've got a little bit of a temper," Gibson told Jay Leno. "It's been kind of weird over the past few years - it's like living in a bad B-movie... how did I get here? It is bizarre."
Gibson recently made headlines for a rant made against screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who was attached to the actor's upcoming controversial film about the ancient Jewish hero Judah Maccabee.
Eszterhas, who also wrote the scripts for the movies "Basic Instinct" and "Showgirls," accused the 56-year-old actor of anti-Semitism in a 9-page letter and has posted to the website The Wrap an audio tape of what is supposedly Gibson, yelling and hurling expletives.
"The guy writes a nine-page letter. I mean if he put half as much time and effort and creativity and imagination into a screenplay, which he was supposed to write, as he did into that letter, we wouldn't be having this conversation," Gibson said on the show. "It's kind of like you build a house, you hire a guy to put a roof on it. He comes over and eats lunch and talks about the roof and then you get rained on all night. Wouldn't you get kind of peeved."
The actor's spokesperson declined to comment about the recording. Gibson has struggled to resurrect his career following a 2006 drunk driving arrest, during which he ranted against Jews. He says Eszterhas' description of his "statements and actions" are "utter fabrications."
This wasn't the first Gibson rant to go viral. A taped phone conversation between him and Oksana Grigorieva, which also featured him hurling expletives as well as racist comments, was released to the tabloid website RadarOnline in August 2010 as the two were engaged in a custody battle over their daughter. The actor claims that tape was edited, which his ex-girlfriend denies.
Gibson was charged with misdemeanor battery over a past confrontation with Grigorieva and made a plea deal. He was sentenced to informal probation for 36 months and was also ordered to undergo counseling for anger management and domestic violence prevention, which he completed last month. If he violates his probation, Gibson could face up to a year in prison.
Gibson issued an apology after his infamous 2006 arrest, during which he allegedly said: "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." He pleaded no contest to the DUI charge and was sentenced to three years of probation and underwent alcohol rehabilitation.
Gibson's newest film "Get The Gringo" is slated for release on May 1. In the movie, the actor plays a man who gets himself locked up in a rough Mexican prison and learns to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy.
Watch Gibson's appearance on "The Late Show with Jay Leno" and a trailer for "Get the Gringo" below.