Gibson sets the record straight on his height and talks about what
women want on Parkinson
a one-hour special of Parkinson (BBC
ONE, Saturday 2 March, 10.20pm)
movie star and Hollywood heartthrob Mel Gibson reveals to Michael
Parkinson what its like being one of the worlds
biggest superstars. In a frank and open interview, he discusses
his past drinking problems, the key to maintaining a successful
marriage and scotches the rumours about being short.
Michael asks the actor about his career, Mel says: What happens
to the time? All my children are taller than I am now
hard! He then says to Michael: Id like to clear
up a rumour. Were about the same size - stand up. After
demonstrating they are the same height - at 5 feet, 11 inches -
Mel then jokes to the audience: Now either [Michaels]
a runt like me or theyre lying about all of us! He continues,
pointing to his shoes: And there are no lifts!
then asks Mel about his marriage, asking him if he knows what
women want? Mel answers: After 22 years of marriage, I
got about two things [Ive learned about what women want]
that I know now - Im so thick! One is, flowers work and
the other is, let her help!
a more serious note, Mel reveals the moment he realised he had a
drinking problem - when
he was on the set of Mad Max 3: Beyond The Thunderdome with his
co-star Tina Turner. He says: [Tina], she saw it first hand.
She stayed with a man who was horrible to her, and shed seen
it. She saw me and handed me a photograph of myself one day, and
shed written on it with an eyebrow pencil or something, she
said, Dont F this up on the picture. And I thought,
what did she mean? But it wasnt too long after
that that I figured out what she meant."
next weeks Parkinson are Dame Judi Dench, Kevin Spacey, Rory
Bremner and music from The Lighthouse Family.
Executive Producer of Parkinson is Bea Ballard.