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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  1. this just isn't

    Mel gibson was cool as mad max. Oil Armageddon in a simpler time.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max

      The chain in those handcuffs is high-tensile steel. It'd take you ten minutes to hack through it with this. Now, if you're lucky, you could hack through your ankle in five minutes. Go.

      April 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frankenstein

    Is it true Mel Gibson is making Passion Of The Christ II?

    April 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Goose

      Jimmy the Goose, larger than life and twice as ugly!

      April 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Col. Bat Guano

    If I had to choose the most intrigueing person, it would be easy; Ronald McDonald.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamburglar

      What about me?!

      April 22, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Thunderdome

    Is it just me, or could CNN have picked a better stock photo of Mel. He looks a bit constipated in the image above.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bartleby

    He's been eating too much unleavened bread. They have communion several times a day on the set of Passion Of The Christ 2.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    Mel Gibson is the best actor Hollywood has ever given us, in my opinion. He is astounding from Mad Max, to Braveheart and of course his outstanding production of The Passion of the Christ! And his performance in Jodie Foster's "The Beaver" will be top notch I am sure. I can't wait for May 6th to come. I will be first in line to see it.

    Mel is such an honorable person, truly one of the greats. I am very saddened to read that he said he doesn't care if he doesn't act anymore. That's horrible and I hope he changes his mind.

    Mel, if you are reading, I am your #1 fan. Don't stop acting Mel, you are an inspiration to me.


    April 22, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bay of Pigs Vet

    Mel Gibson left my cheese in the wind. The Patriot was a groovy movie though.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jinx

    I think Mel Gibson's time has come and gone.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jinx

    Mr. Spurlock's docs are great. "Supersize Me" is shown in some schools now! I'm sure his latest will be fabulous, also.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. IKHAN

    A brilliant actor at par with the best of Hollywood who gave us some memorable performances. Sure hope we see him on big screen again soon.
    Its unfortunate that after his 'Passion of Christ" came out and was a gigantic hit, those misguided extremists who didn't want him to stick to the biblical truth , have kept hounding him. Trying to destroy his life & career.

    April 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      Actually, I think Mr. Gibson is managing to destroy his own life and career quite nicely on his own.

      April 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jinx

    Perhaps a brilliant actor; as a human, not so much.

    April 22, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |

    It's too bad that the right-wing news media had to do a hachet job on Mel Gibson. Everyone has their faults and Mel is no exception. As the adage goes "nobody's perfect".

    April 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jinx

    @Sutler: lol. I agree.

    April 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Right Wing Thug

    Shut up, RUFFNUTT!

    April 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |

      I take it that you don't care for Mel Gibson,either. The right-wing news media is already having a field day!

      April 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Eric

    "Bust a deal face the Wheel" Loved Tina in that BTD MM3 loved to see her role revised in Furry Road MM4

    April 22, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
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