Welcome to another post on Celebrities with Bipolar Disorder. It’s amazing whenever I research online for news on bipolar disorder, I always read about another celebrity who has been living with bipolar for years. It’s even more amazing, these same people have continued to manage it successfully, and accomplish the things they’ve set out to do. I look at celebrities as great role models, not for the money, fame or their social lives, but their ability to stay focused and do the things they love to do. I believe for you to be successful in life, you need to be passionate about what you’re doing…that’s the only way!
Celebrities are a great example of how bipolar disorder doesn’t need to slow you down, and you can find a work, life balance. Today, we’ll be exploring Mel Gibson’s struggle with bipolar disorder. This is going to be very interesting because there was a time in his life where he suffered from a lot of legal battles. In 2010, audio recordings were released of Mel Gibson which were full of racism, sexism, and anti-Semitic remarks.
I’m not here to pass judgment on anyone. I’m here to explore Mel Gibson and his struggle with bipolar disorder.
Mel Gibson – Actor, Producer, and Film Director
Mel Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York, and was the sixth of eleven children. Gibson’s paternal grandfather, John Hutton Gibson, was a millionaire off selling tobacco, and his younger brother Donal Gibson is also an actor. At the age of 12, in 1968, Mel Gibson relocated to West Pymble, Sydney, Australia with his entire family.
Mel Gibson started his career on stage. He studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. He played the leading roles on stage in Romeo and Juliet, Queen Titania, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After graduating in 1977, he started doing films while still performing on stage. His first movie was Mad Max in 1979 (which he gained favorable notices). The sequel Mad Max 2 in 1981 was his first American hit, and he was now in big demand within the United States.
Mel Gibson’s first movie in America was in 1984. He played a struggling Tennessee farmer in the movie titled The River. In 1987, Gibson was cast in Lethal Weapon where he played the role of Martin Riggs which helped to cement his status as a Hollywood “leading man”. Lethal Weapon 2 followed in 1989.
In the 1990’s, Mel Gibson continued to make box office hits in movies like Payback, Ransom, Conspiracy Theory, and Lethal Weapon 3 & 4. In 2000, Gibson acted in three films which each grossed over $100 million: The Patriot, Chicken Run, and What Women Want (awesome movie 🙂.
His success allowed him to try producing. He formed his own company, Icon Productions in 1989, and released the movie, Hamlet. At the same time, he released a series of smaller films to gain experience for what will be his biggest directing hit yet to come – The Passion of the Christ in 2004. This movie was very controversial. Mel Gibson co-wrote, co-produced, and directed the film. It went on to be the highest grossing rated R film of all time with $370,782,930 in U.S. box office sales.
Mel Gibson said that he started drinking at the age of 13. He was stopped in 1984, for drinking and driving in Toronto, and his license was suspended for three months. He’s been arrested several more times afterward for driving under the influence. Gibson’s reputation took another huge hit in 2006, when he was stopped again for driving under the influence. Gibson got very angry and exploded into a tirade. He climaxed with the words, “Fucking Jews… the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. Are you a Jew?“. The arresting Sheriff’s Deputy, James Mee, was Jewish. – Wikipedia
Many people have assumed, Mel Gibson has been bipolar for several years. His erratic behavior has people concerned, especially, after audio tapes threatening his girlfriend were published in 2010. It was little known that in 2008, Mel Gibson himself said that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Some of his rage-filled behavior is consistent with that of a person who has bipolar disorder, says Douglas Bey Jr., MD, a psychiatrist in Normal, Ill., and author of the upcoming book Loving a Depressed Man. – everydayhealth.com. Next,
Mel Gibson did talk about being bipolar in a new documentary about the NIDA acting class of 1977. …
“I had really good highs, but some very low lows,” Gibson said. “I found out recently I’m manic depressive.”- huffingtonpost.com
Mel Gibson has been out of the spotlight for a while, and I don’t hear too much about him. I guess that’s a good thing because, in the later years of his career, he did run into legal troubles. But, Mel Gibson is another great example of how bipolar disorder doesn’t have to limit your abilities. Let’s take Mel Gibson’s legal troubles out of the equation for a moment, and focus on his work. He is part of Hollywood’s legacy and contributed to the success of some of the greatest movies ever made. For example, Mad Max, Lethal Weapon, and the controversial, but successful movie – The Passion of the Christ. He accomplished this while living with bipolar disorder…right? And, while living with bipolar disorder, he followed his passion of being one of the greatest actors, producers, and directors ever.
I know he’s had his downfalls, but who hasn’t. It’s either we remain positive, or, overwhelm ourselves with negativity…right? So, let’s remain positive and focus on what he’s accomplished :).
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