Winona Ryder’s comments make things hairier for Mel Gibson’s ‘The Beaver’

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There’s only 14 weeks to go before the release of Mel Gibson’s ‘The Beaver,’ and the film’s publicity problems keep mounting.

In the new issue of GQ magazine, “Black Swan” co-star Winona Ryder recounts a moment sure to make Gibson’s publicity team (and plenty of others) cringe.


‘I remember, like, 15 years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties,” Ryder tells the magazine. “And he was really drunk. I was with my friend, who’s gay. He made a really horrible gay joke. And somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about ‘oven dodgers,’ but I didn’t get it. I’d never heard that before. It was just this weird, weird moment. I was like, ‘He’s anti-Semitic and he’s homophobic.’ No one believed me!”

Even if Ryder’s eye-popper doesn’t shake loose any other Gibson stories, a conventional media roll-out for the movie could prove tricky at best. Then again, Ryder’s story does indicate that Gibson was intoxicated, so maybe alcohol could again play the villain, as it did after he was stopped for driving under the influence in Malibu in 2006.

There’s always an angle.

--Steven Zeitchik


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