Friday's intriguing people
Mel Gibson opened up about regret, acting, Hollywood, friends, fame and his private life.
April 22nd, 2011
11:34 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Mel Gibson

The actor/director (pictured) has given his first interview since a 2010 audio recording was released with him verbally assailing Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his young daughter. The interview appeared late Thursday night on

Gibson was funny, abashed and even melancholy —"Just Mel being Mel," reporter Allison Hope Weiner said. He took responsibility for his recent actions; played down charges of racism; and reconciled with the legal and social consequences he's facing to avoid humiliating his family. He accepted those who have ostracized him in the industry and thanked people like Whoopi Goldberg who publicly supported him.

Gibson also spoke frankly about the future of his public life. While his appearance in "The Beaver," directed by ally Jodie Foster and releasing May 6, is considered one of the best of his career, Gibson will spend most of his time writing. "I don't care if I don't act anymore," he said.

Jerome Corsi

The conservative author holds the No. 1 spot on Amazon in presales for a book he's written called "Where's the Birth Certificate?" The book releases May 17. Corsi wrote "Obama Nation" in 2008 and a book about Sen. John Kerry's "swift boat" incident in 2004. Matt Drudge is hyping the latest book as being so explosive, it will offer things about President Barack Obama that even Obama does not know about himself.

Salon's Alex Pareene took Corsi (along with Drudge and Donald Trump) to task for "incredibly, comically vague assertions" about the president. "Corsi already wrote his silly Obama book in time for the 2008 elections," Pareene said, "but he forgot to make that book about how Obama was secretly born in Kenya, because that particular conspiracy theory had just been invented ... so now he's giving it another go."

Corsi will appear on CNN's "In the Arena" with Eliot Spitzer and E.D. Hill on May 18.

Morgan Spurlock

The filmmaker and author, known for his documentaries about food ("Super Size Me"), facts ("Freakonomics") and even terror ("Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?"), is releasing a new "docbuster" about the impact of marketing and branding on our culture.

"POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" is about "the world of product placement, marketing and advertising. And the whole film is actually paid for and made possible by product placement marketing and advertising," Spurlock told Kai Ryssdal of American Public Media's "Marketplace" on Thursday.

Spurlock spent months seeking sponsorship for the film from the marketing industry but got nary a call back. Beverage maker POM Wonderful agreed to give Spurlock $600,000 to make the film, and will give him another $400,000 if it meets certain benchmarks, including making 600 million "media impressions" online.

The film also gets into the neuroscience of marketing and how consumers are targeted even in utero.

"We live in a world today where you can't leave your house, you can't do anything without somebody trying to market something to you, without me trying to sell you something," Spurlock said.

Spurlock will appear on "CNN Newsroom," between 1 and 3 p.m. ET on April 29.

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    Because everyone knows how much I lean to the left. And bending over is even more fun.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy, aka...banasy


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  3. Cesar

    Stop using my name you mother pluckers!!! @banasy: Hi

    April 22, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy, aka...banasy

    I like Mel Gibson's *work*; I'm just not a big fan of him as a human.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy, aka...banasy

    @Cesar: Hi, backatcha!

    April 22, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    No blogging allowed w/o my ok

    April 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy, aka...banasy


    April 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mmmmm

    Mel's next headliner will be he has gone back to his wife and makes a public apology...

    April 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    @banasy: Good one. Lol

    April 22, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

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    April 23, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. T-party

    The movie passion was a rip off of a book written a couple thousand years ago. Anyone could have produced and directed an easy plot like that

    April 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nhirsch

    I consider him an overrated actor, conceited, and basically not a good person anymore.

    April 23, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Donald in CA

    Mel, be honest about it the bigot came out of you. Maybe it was just hidden in your shoes.

    April 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    just goes to show hes human & after listening 2 his baby mama i wanted 2 lose my kewl too! sheesh louise she needs 2 get a life & quit moochin off his. & btw hello cesar, banasy & ruffnutt. hope u all had a wonderful easter. myself id rather have worked

    April 25, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. john

    Love Mel as a real actor. He is having all the trobles because of his anti-jew comments. Thanks Mel to speak out the truth. Lets enjoy"The Beaver".

    April 27, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
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