Mel Gibson joined Stephen Colbert on Tuesday’s Late Show to take part in Colbert’s “Big Questions With Even Bigger Stars” segment, and they discussed their names, astrology and some of Gibson’s life choices.
Colbert asked Gibson what advice, if any, he’d give to his younger self. “I’d tell my younger self to shut the f**k up,” the Lethal Weapon star candidly responded.
“Hey, Mel Mels,” Colbert asked. “When you look back on your life, do you think you’ll have any regrets?”
Gibson responded, “No, not one. They tend to come in clusters.”
The regrets in question may point to 10 years ago, in 2006, when his career fell apart. Gibson was accused of being an alcoholic, a wife-beater, a misogynist and an anti-Semite. In July of that year, he was pulled over in California by a Jewish police officer, and he reportedly said “F**king Jews… the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. Are you a Jew?” In another incident, he allegedly called a female officer “sugar tits.”
The Braveheart star also joked with Colbert about other aspects of his past, like his time as People‘s Sexiest Man Alive. “Before I had this roadkill on my face, I was the sexiest man alive,” Gibson recalled.
The Hacksaw Ridge director also said he’d want to go back in time to meet Jesus Christ.
“Oh, sure,” Colbert responded. “You’d want to know if he liked The Passion of the Christ.”
Of course, not all the jabs were aimed at the actor. When he asked the comedian to name the scariest movie he’s ever seen, Colbert responded, “It’s that one where the psychopath traps two people in his house and tortures them.”
“Yeah, Home Alone is really scary,” Gibson deadpanned.
While sitting down to talk to Colbert, he also teased his upcoming film The Resurrection, a sequel to 2004’s The Passion of the Christ.
“It’s more than a single event — it’s an amazing event,” he said. “And to underpin that with the things around it is really the story, to enlighten what that means. It’s not just about the event. It’s not some chronological telling of just that event. That could be boring. You’d think, ‘Oh, we’ve read that.'”
“It’s probably about three years off, because it’s a big subject,” Gibson said about the production of The Resurrection.
With files from Chris Jancelewicz & ET Canada