Stars React to Mel Gibson's First Post-Scandal Interview
October 10, 2006

It's Mel Gibson in the hot seat and on the defense with Diane Sawyer.

On Tuesday, "Extra" got the details from Mel's first interview since his controversial drunken driving arrest and anti-Semitic tirade.

"The last thing I want to be is that kind of monster," Mel confessed to Diane. "It was just the stupid rambling of a drunkard."

The interview airs later this week, but on Tuesday, "Extra" uncovered the secrets behind Diane's big get.

It's no secret that everyone wanted Mel to talk to them first: Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer.

But in the end, Sawyer won because she has a history with Gibson, sitting down with him for an emotional 2004 interview for "The Passion of the Christ."

It was during that very interview that Mel opened up about addiction, admitting then that he battled a past with alcoholism. In the same interview, he also bristled at allegations that his father doubted the Holocaust.

"He's my father. Got to leave it alone, Diane," Gibson said firmly.

Reports say Diane grilled Mel for an hour last week at his Los Angeles office, where he's been working on his movie, "Apocalypto."

The film premieres in December, and that may answer the question of why now?

Mel reportedly wants to put some space between the explosive interview and the movie's opening.

But now that he's ready to speak, is Hollywood ready to forgive and forget?

"I doubt his sincerity," Doris Roberts told us. "He has to prove more than what he's done."

But Neal McDonough told us Mel simply made a mistake.

"The guy got drunk and said some stupid things," Neal insisted.

Former co-star Sigourney Weaver believes the real Mel will be revealed.

"I'm sure he's really, truly sorry," she said. "He's a good guy."

Mel's bombshell interview begins Thursday morning on "Good Morning America."


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