Mel Gibson will work in this town again

Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:42am EDT
 
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By Andrew Wallenstein

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The death of Mel Gibson's career has been greatly exaggerated.

Sure, a fresh wave of obituaries was to be expected in the wake of a string of contretemps that jolted even the most jaded observers of our scandal-saturated mediasphere.

At the end of a week that saw a new low in the never-ending tailspin that is the life of Lindsay Lohan, Gibson's misdeeds seem to have dug him a level of hell so low that there's no coming back.

But even as battered and broken as his exquisitely tortured Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ," Gibson will rise again.

In an industry where the newly freed Roman Polanski has his share of prominent, vocal supporters and in a country that loves nothing more than restoring public figures to the pedestals from which they fell, count on a Gibson comeback.

It's not going to happen anytime soon, of course. That would be unseemly in the state of high dudgeon Hollywood currently finds itself. William Morris Endeavor Entertainment's decision to drop Gibson as a client ensures no one will touch him with a 10-foot pole, as one studio chief put it.

But in time, those doors will open again. Maybe doors not as gilded as WME's, but doors just the same. Because for every principled power broker like Ari Emanuel, there will be five others who will eventually extend themselves not in gracious appreciation of human frailty, but because there is money to be made.

Not that Gibson even needs the Hollywood machine to get back on his feet. Let's not forget he is not just an actor, but an auteur and mogul who already proved with "Passion" he is capable of succeeding quite brilliantly outside the system.   Continued...