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Career high points (as an actor): "Lethal Weapon", "Braveheart", "What Women Want"
Career low point: "The Beaver"
How to fix it: Some would say that Gibson's career is irreparable at this point, and based on his past history of racist, sexist, homophobic and - most especially - anti-Semitic comments (not to mention those domestic violence charges), it's certainly an easy argument to make. It's one that's also, of course, bolstered by the unimpressive box-office performance of his two post-DUI starring vehicles - "The Edge of Darkness" and, especially, "The Beaver" - and yet Gibson's performances in both films were generally praised by critics. Like/pity him or loathe him, it strains credulity to claim that Gibson is a bad actor, and if he has any hope of career redemption, his talent is the thing that will carry him through. Give the guy a gritty role in a serious drama that in some fashion parallels his real-life tribulations (a la Nick Nolte, say), and he may just be able to garner some awards-season buzz/career traction.
- Chris Eggertsen