Mel Gibson's brother: He's a monster, I hate him because he won't help me

Mel Gibson / Photo: Christopher Polk / Getty images / Profimedia

They look alike, they sound exactly the same, and the once deep brotherly bond has now turned into hatred. Donal Gibson (65) is the younger and lesser known brother of the actor Mel Gibson (67), who in his first interview he says about his brother: "I hate him!".

As well as having, as the Daily Mail reporter described them, the same blue eyes, piercing gaze and "rough beauty", Mel and Donal have such similar voices that the producers of the animated film Pocahontas hired Donal to play the character John Smith in the film's sequel, as Mel had other commitments.

The brothers starred together in one of the biggest Oscar hits, the movie "Braveheart" (1995). But their next joint project, the controversial film The Passion of the Christ (2004), drove them apart forever.

"We used to be so close with Mel, and now it's amazing that we don't talk at all," Donal told the Daily Mail in an exclusive interview, adding that as children they shared a room and did everything together.

Donal Gibson / Photo: Instagram/Donal Gibson

Mel Gibson broke onto the world stage with his role in the cult film Mad Max (1979), and when he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, his brother Donal followed in his footsteps.

“He was my older brother, my best friend. There was no jealousy, I was happy because he became famous. However, that changed him, he began to believe what was said and written about him. "The Mel I knew just disappeared," says Donal.

“Hollywood ate it up, chewed it up and spat it out. Fame and money brainwashed him and he became a monster. I hate him for what he has become," he concludes.

Donal and Mel Gibson in "Braveheart" / Photo: Instagram/Donal Gibson

Donal says he decided to do the interview because he heard Mel was about to start production on a sequel to The Passion of the Christ. The first sequel, which aired in cinemas in 2004, follows the last 12 hours of Jesus' life, and was criticized by some media as anti-Semitic and violent.

But despite the criticism, The Passion of the Christ became the highest-grossing independent film of all time. Since the elder Gibson produced it himself, most of the money made ended up in his account.

Donal, on the other hand, calls the film a "disaster", because of which he also ended up on the blacklist in Hollywood, so he could not continue to develop his career.

"I didn't expect him to support me, but before 'The Passion of the Christ' I was regularly working on film projects. When Mel was criticized for anti-Semitism, people thought that I also hated Jews because I was his brother and they wrote me off forever," says the younger brother.

In 2006, Mel Gibson was stopped by police officers for driving under the influence. On that occasion, the actor attacked the police officers, started insulting them and making anti-Semitic comments.

"I was drunk, angry and arrested. "I was filmed, illegally, by a negligent police officer and if I really am what they accuse me of, then I would certainly be seen repeatedly insulting Jews," explained Mel Gibson at the time.

Despite all the apologies, Mel Gibson's career never fully recovered. And that spilled over to Donal, who was losing roles because of his association with his brother. He was dropped by Disney and Warner Bros. overnight.

"Every time I asked Mel to help me financially, he got very angry. He yelled at me that I couldn't blame him for my unhappiness, and I started avoiding family gatherings because of his angry outbursts," says Donal in the interview.

Mel Gibson / Photo: LOIC VENANCE / AFP / Profimedia

Mel and Donal have not been in touch for five years, although they were once very close. Mel is the eldest son and Donal is the youngest son in a family that was very poor in the past.

“We were poor as church mice and often hungry, but we loved each other madly. It is interesting that our father was a quiz genius, who even won five times in a cult quiz, winning valuable prizes – cars, TVs, etc.,” recalled Donal.

"I still love him, but I no longer know who he is and what he has become." I want him to right the wrongs he did to me. I want us to live in peace," concluded the younger Gibson.

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