The William Morris Agency is one of the premiere talent agencies in Hollywood, the sort of place that backs some of the biggest celebrities in the country. Until very recently, it was also the home of one Mel Gibson, who’s been in the news a lot lately for some kinda-sorta-OK-amazingly racist, threatening, and misogynistic things he’s been telling his ex-wife on tape. RadarOnline.com broke the story earlier in the week, providing some pretty damning evidence that painted Gibson as aggressive, racist, and potentially hazardous to the health of his ex, and now it appears that the news was the straw that broke the camel’s back between Gibson and his talent agency. Read all about it below, my gentle Examiner readers…
Mel Gibson’s career has probably never been as screwed as it is right now. Nevermind the drunk driving arrest, the comments about “Jews”, and the “sugartits” escapade: last week’s story– first reported by RadarOnline.com– about Gibson being caught on tape using the “N-word”, threatening his wife, and acting violently insane has buried him with the public, seemingly once and for all. Now comes the news that Gibson’s talent agency– William Morris Endeavor– has dropped him as a client. Take it away, Deadline Hollywood:
…What happened is that the news media reported last week there was a tape of Mel Gibson making a racial slur. And last Friday, WME board member Ari Emanuel “woke up at 3 AM and emailed his partner Patrick Whitesell that ‘we can’t represent a guy who said the N-word’.” So the agency dumped Mel Gibson on July 2nd, and the next day, on July 3rd, his agent Limato died.
Oh, yeah: and his agent died. But that’s not relevant right now. What’s relevant is, Mel Gibson’s now operating without the benefit of an agent. Ya gotta wonder, though: when you’re as persona non grata as Gibson appears to be in Hollywood right now, does that even matter? Who’s really going to step up to the plate and take him on as a client when people are still dumbfounded that he’d have been caught on tape saying the things he’s said? This sounds like a case for the “Mel Gibson Drunk” picture:
This apparently isn’t the first time that Gibson’s butted heads with Ari Emanuel, brother of Rahm and the basis for Jeremy Piven’s character on Entourage. Back when Gibson got picked up for speeding through Malibu with a stomach full of liquid courage– and, more specifically, after the comments that Gibson made to the arresting officers about his thoughts and feelings about Judaism– Emanuel released a very public memo urging everyone in Hollywood to blackball the former Lethal Weapon star. Here’s some of what that memo said:
At a time of escalating tensions in the world, the entertainment industry cannot idly stand by and allow Mel Gibson to get away with such tragically inflammatory statements,” Emanuel posted on The Huffington Post. “People in the entertainment community, whether Jew or gentile, need to demonstrate that they understand how much is at stake in this by professionally shunning Mel Gibson and refusing to work with him, even if it means a sacrifice to their bottom line.”
And now, however many years later, it appears that Emanuel’s finally been given the chance to give Gibson the heave-ho once and for all. Though Emanuel didn’t seek Gibson out as a client, he inherited the actor after the merging of the William Morris and Endeavor agencies. One gathers that he’s been waiting for this day ever since, and we can’t blame him: Gibson’s outed himself as enormously intolerant, borderline crazy, and more than a little racist. Though he had several projects in the pipeline before Radar broke the story referenced above, the future of all projects has to be called into question at this point. That’s some great PR work there, Lou.
Although nothing’s been stated publically yet, it seems like Summit Entertainment– the studio behind the Twilight films and the people that bankrolled Gibson’s upcoming dark comedy The Beaver— must be trying to figure out what they’re supposed to do with said comedy. Jodie Foster directed the film based on a script that’s been traveling around Hollywood for years (it even ended up on the fabled “Black List” a year or two ago), and by all accounts it’s one of the funniest, strangest scripts to come down the pike in awhile. Many were looking forward to the project, but how is Summit going to market a dark comedy starring a known racist (I mean, let’s be honest) to a public that’s grown tired of Gibson’s shenanigans? Surely they’re hard at work on a gameplan, but for the time being, we don’t know anything about what it might be.
Stay tuned for more news on Gibson’s situation– particularly what’s up with his forthcoming dark comedy directed by Jodie Foster, The Beaver— as it becomes available, my precious snowflakes. If you’re worried that you’re going to miss the next Gibson update (or any other Comedy Examiner articles, for that matter), hit the “Subscribe” button up top and you’ll get all future Comedy Examiner articles delivered straight to your inbox, free of charge, the moment they’re published. Why, just look at all the fun you’ve been missing lately:
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