"Fine by me. The last thing I need is people mistaking me for that lunatic."
Mel Gibson gifted a freeze-dried rat to his co-star Helen Hunt on the set of What Women Want, because Mel Gibson does not know the answer to that question. He also took his "stalker" gag a step further -- rather than simply show up at someone's trailer with a mask and a knife, he created a fake report about a knife-wielding lunatic running around the studio, and even had memos printed up and posted in the security office and around the Paramount lot. Only then did he put on his "maniac" costume to deliver the punchline to his hilarious joke, which was to whimsically attack the film's director, Nancy Meyers, in her office. Meyers screamed and began stabbing him with a pencil, because she thought she was about to be murdered, which means Mel's clever joke was a rousing success. He climbed on top of the makeup trailer and, in his own words, began "laughing like a hyena" in celebration of his wit, because holy shit Mel Gibson is a fucking lunatic.
While filming Ransom, Gibson tracked down some nude photos that Rene Russo, who had the somber misfortune of playing Mel's wife in the film, had taken back when she was a teenager. That last word is incredibly important. When Mel got hold of the photos, he had portions of them enlarged to poster-size, and presumably also had them laminated to defend against maniac slobber. He then posted them, a single image at a time, on the crew bulletin board. So every day the cast and crew of Ransom were treated to a different part of 17-year-old Rene Russo's anatomy. According to her: "He put bits and pieces of it -- a breast, a finger, a knee -- and he put them on the bulletin board every day." You may recognize this as something a serial killer would do.
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Julia Roberts, who got off relatively easy with just a freeze-dried rat delivered to her trailer, affectionately refers to Gibson as the only thing on Earth that makes her paranoid. Maybe we should all be taking a cue from that.
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