Disney Shows Support For Gibson
The Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday that it believes that Mel Gibson's latest directorial effort, Apocalypto, will have broad audience appeal that will overcome the recent controversy surrounding his recent arrest and subsequent anti-Semitic remarks. In an interview with Reuters, Disney spokesman Dennis Rice said, "If it's a good movie, people are going to see it. ... One of the great things about Mel Gibson is that he is a great filmmaker and he has a proven track record." However, Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations, observed that the film has to overcome the controversy over Gibson. "I don't know how that cannot be a factor," he said. "His personality has come into play ... but if it's a good movie that will hold it in good stead."