Mel Gibson's flop 'The Beaver': What went wrong?


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The Beaver, to be blunt, tanked last weekend. Read the full post.

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  • forager

    More importantly, how was this guy hired as an entertainment writer.

  • DN

    Mr. Young, you wrote, “And while you’d like to think that most people would be willing to separate an actor’s personal life from his professional work..”

    Are you serious? You would buy music from a convicted rapist? Buy a book from someone who abused his wife? It doesn’t matter to you the character of the person behind the project?

    To separate personal from professional is a tacit acceptance, saying it doesn’t really matter how someone behaves. I could not disagree with you more, and, more importantly, I question you moral values.

    • True Blue

      With all due respect, I think you’re overreacting to be questioning the writer’s moral values simply because he’s saying you can’t expect for your favorite entertainer to be an angel in real life. Although in Mel’s case, I can understand why people are too repulsed by him to enjoy his work, and I can understand it in a few other cases as well. But if people are willing to separate the art from the artist, then how is that a sign that they lack moral values? It in no way is a sign that the personal behavior of the person is condoned, only that people enjoy the work they produce. Surely you don’t suggest that people stop enjoying music and films simply because the people that make them aren’t always good people?

  • Zo

    “The Beaver” was playing in my city. My husband and I won’t go near any Gibson movie ever again. And when the trailer showed a few weeks ago, other theatregoers booed when they saw his face/name… LOUDLY.

    • hella

      my gosh are you both totallll dorks. OOOhhhh “loudly” that will show him!

  • Mindy

    I wasn’t interested for this. Because it stars Mel Gibson. If it had great reviews, I might have seen it on DVD. Now, probably nothing.

  • marketing

    Thor’s marketing was just everywhere.
    I have not seen any advertising at all to The Beaver. If commercials were being advertised it would have made money

    • David

      You could also say Kurt Russell is not Kate Hudson’s stepfather. He and Goldie have never merriad. But, as with Woody and Soon-Yi, he was Kate’s paternal custodian going back to when she was just a child.You can find pictures online of Woody taking Soon-Yi and her siblings to basketball games and the like. Woody was the father, adoptive in some cases and natural in others, to her siblings often in that household even if he didn’t live their fulltime.Would it have been alright if Kurt left Goldie for Kate?

  • skg

    I had no interest because of Mel. Same as his last movie. Too much negative bleed through from his personal life in recent years for me to watch him. Which is sad because back in the day, he was the abolute IT!!
    Maybe he should just retire and pay attention to his numerous children and maybe by now grandchildren.
    Good luck to him, but not giving him anymore of my money.

  • Heidi

    Didn’t even know it was being released this weekend. I’ve seen interviews from Jodie but have yet to see a commercial or print ad about it unless I go on a movie trailer site. It looks interesting but they haven’t done enough to advertise it.

    The other piece, at least for me, is that movies are expensive and I tend to put indie type films, dramas, or any film without alot of action, special effects etc. on my ‘to rent’ list. The Beaver is on that list but I’m not going to pay for a sitter and then pay 27 bucks for my husband and I to watch it in the theatre.

    • Angela

      Same for me. I don’t tend to watch many indies or dramas in theaters except during Oscar season.

  • Eddiehaskell

    Why oh why would Jodie title the movie the Beaver? Did she want it to tank?

  • seattle maggie

    Why would this writer “like to think that most people would be willing to separate an actor’s personal life from his professional work”? Does being an actor mean that one is released from all moral & ethical responsibilities outside of work?

  • Roger Waters

    Put Mel Gibson in a violent action movie like Mad Max or Braveheart, and I’ll be there. This just isn’t the type of movie I like to see him in.

  • Cliff

    American people never Chang you do ten good for them they love you you mess up once they hate you …..before say he is Anti Semitic. Please every one do you home work about what that word mean we here in USA %99 of us live and learn from what ever the stupid media feed us ….Mel gibson will always be one of the great actors in history we all live a great moment watching his movies and we will always love you Mel .

    • Sweetheart

      rigth! you got it rigth dude, i abide to that.

    • @Cliff

      you know, if he had messed up once he would have been forgiven rather wquickly. If he had messed up two or three times it may have taken a bit longer but forgiveness would have still come by now. He has messed up so much tere is no going back. Add in his hate for anyone not like him with his insane tapes of him being brutally abusive to his girlfriend and he is done. I know you cannot comprehend this, but a good deal of Mel Gibson’s fanbase were women. When you lose that entire block you are done.

  • plygal

    Well not that I would go to see a movie of his EVER again, but never saw an AD for this movie, no trailer, NOTHING at all on TV in my area. So that may EXPLAIN the bad turn out they had!

  • Kim

    Waiting for it to be released in my area. I’ll be going to see it.

  • Ray Starman

    If Jodie Foster still sees some good in him, maybe there’s still hope he will evolve into a better person. Perhaps “The Beaver” is his second shot at playing a tortured soul as he did so well when he played Hamlet.

  • chris

    When they decide to release it in my city I will definitely go see it. Screw you people Mel Gibson is still a great actor!

    • Sweetheart


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