Danny Glover Stands By Mel Gibson: ‘I Love Mel’

By Aly Semigran

To say that Mel Gibson is not the most popular guy in Hollywood at the moment would be something of an understatement. The star of theupcoming flick “The Beaver” has been the center of public scrutiny ever since his infamous 2006 DUI and, more recently, those shocking audiotapes and disturbing accusations of domestic violence and anti-Semitism.

However, it seems that Gibson (who, along with other stars, was mocked in Ricky Gervais’ opening monologue at this year’s Golden Globes) still has a few friends sticking by his side. When MTV News caught up with Gibson’s “Lethal Weapon” co-star Danny Glover at the Sundance Film
Festival on Friday, the actor had nothing but nice things to say about his pal.

Glover (who was in Park City to promote his movie “Black Power Mixtape”) said of Gibson, “I love Mel. That’s my friend.” Glover also shared that he and Gibson (who he called “a very generous man” who is “always searching for meaning in his life”) have been in touch over this last tumultuous year and that at a recent memorial in Los Angeles, “We ran up and hugged each other.”

The 64-year-old star refused to talk about the issues that got Gibson into hot water, saying only, “I can’t comment on that. I only know what I know.” But Glover summed it up this way: “He’s had tough times. We’ve all had tough times.”

The “Lethal Weapon” series, which brought Glover and Gibson together, is currently slated for a reboot from Warner Bros. Glover seemed pessimistic about the film
series being redone without the original cast and its director, Richard Donner. Glover said of the remake news, “I’d like to think that the four we did were still magical and people will still reference the four ’Lethal Weapon’ [films],” adding, “I like what we’ve done before in the past.”