May 19th, 2011
05:20 PM ET

Mel Gibson's passionate faith

Mel Gibson’s latest movie venture, The Beaver, opens nationwide this weekend. The indie-flick is the actor's latest effort to salvage his career.

This Sunday, CNN Presents takes a closer look at Gibson's complicated life story, including his deep religious faith. The clip above is a excerpt from “Acting Out: The Mel Gibson Story," which airs on Sunday at 8pm on CNN, reported by Brooke Anderson.

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Susan

    We all have our demons. So Mel is not alone. Interesting that there is now an ongoing resurgence of "traditional" Catholic beliefs. I for one believe Mel was right and am thankful that the misinterpretations of Vatican II are now being put to right. After spending 20 years tryng to worship in the Protestant realms, I had a deep desire for the "traditional" worship and holiness of God the "the" Church. That is what brought me back to my faith 3 years ago. Too bad I waited as long a I did.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  2. MET100

    How convenient, Mel visiting sick kids, killing two birds with one stone; getting credit for Community Service plus free Press just before the release of his next film. I wonder if contrite Mel checked first to make sure there were no Jewish children in attendance.

    June 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • frank carter

      your silly

      June 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • frank carter

      keep the faith Mel, and don't let those holy Jo's get you down....just try

      June 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  3. Bibletruth

    Mel like all of us can never find joy and contentment or salvation until He recieves the Jesus of the bible, not religious system false doctrines. There is no victory in his religion and therefore no joy and contentment. Not a problem unique to him to be sure.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  4. Jim P.

    The intensity of a belief has no bearing on the turth of a belief.

    June 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  5. Phil in Oregon

    Right. The dude Riggs on the Lethal Weapon movies was really a preacher. The one shouting at his girlfriend to go down on him was just trying to get her closer to God. I still think he was or is taking steroids or something.

    May 27, 2011 at 3:14 am |
  6. goody2shoe

    What Gibson and his crazy dad don't understand is, you can have all the outward appearances of "passionate" Christian faith, but it amounts to nothing if you have rage and hatred in your heart. Christianity is all about love, kindness and compassion. The Gibson clan seems lacking in these qualities to put it mildly. Both of them seem more interested in tearing down others who happen to be of a different race or religion.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
    • Brad

      No, Mel Gibson and his dad are right about Jewish people, they have done everything in the last 300 years to corrupt White Christian Western culture and countries and are at the point where they can make Europeans extinct through there lies and deceit of multi-culturalism and multiracialism, every single even in the past 300 years has been manipulated by Jews in order to take control of the world, and they white christians as being the main obstacle to obtaining that goal.

      July 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Get Real


      Hey, buddy... it's the same imaginary god as yours that 'revealed' to them that they are the "Chosen Ones".

      November 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  7. jpaYMCA

    The man who is interviewed, and who – supposedly – frequented Mel Gibson's chapel, has no clue what he is talking about: women wearing head-dresses? Wrong word. No meat on Fridays? That's still an OFFICIAL part of Catholic discipline. Literal vs. allegorical interpretation of Scripture? They've both been a part of official Church teaching since St. Ignatius of Antioch, until today! Please, read even one well-written exposition of Catholicism before you go on a "pontificating" tour of what Catholics – supposedly – believed then and believe now. A little research never hurt anyone ...

    May 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
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