It has never been a secret that Mel Gibson has an anger management problem, but he appeared on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on Friday to discuss his ongoing feud with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas. Since the scandal first broke, Mel has kept mum on the subject of his temper, but he joked with the talk show host, “Maybe you don’t know this about me, but I’ve got a little bit of a temper.”
Gibson revealed that he was upset that his former pal recorded his tirade during a vacation at his Costa Rican home. Eszterhas released the rant, of which his son recorded using his iPhone. This followed Eszterhas reprimanding the actor for his behavior in front of his son. Previously, Eszterhas wrote a letter criticizing Gibson for being an anti-Semite. Gibson retorted by claiming that Eszterhas was just upset that Warner Brothers turned down his Maccabees script.
Gibson told the talk show host, “Has it really come to the place where you can’t blow off steam in your own home, even if you’re justified? If he put half as much time and effort and creativity and imagination into a screenplay, which he was supposed to write, as he did into that letter, we wouldn’t be having this conversation… It’s kind of like you build a house, you hire a guy to put a roof on it, he comes over and eats lunch and talks about the roof, and then you get rained on all night. Wouldn’t you be kind of peeved?”