Robert Downey Jr. turns other cheek for Mel Gibson

To err is human, to forgive divine.

Actor Robert Downey Jr. knows a thing or two about screwing up in Hollywood, and has come back from what many wrote off as a career destroyed from his drug and drink antics years ago.

Now the actor is asking people to let Mel Gibson out of “Hollywood” jail, and forgive Gibson for his alcohol-fueled bad behavior for years past.

Downey Jr. turned a gala in his honor into an effort to help Mel Gibson’s career and bring the onetime A-Lister back in the good graces of the Hollywood crowd at his American Cinematheque tribute.

“Unless you are without sin—and if you are, you are in the wrong f*ckking industry—you should forgive him and let him work again,” Downey said after Gibson presented him with the award before a packed ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Gibson remembered being warned about hiring Downey for Air America in 1990 because of his own demons.  In past interviews, Downey credited Gibson for being the first person in town who gave him a job during some of his worst years.

Gibson’s next film he is planning on directing is about Judah Maccabee, the Jewish warrior who led the fight against the Seleucid Empire.

The joyous festival of lights, Hanukkah, celebrates the Maccabees and marks the return of Jewish worship at a Jerusalem temple after he removed pagan statues and imagery.


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