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Mel Gibson — '80s and '90s heartthrob, early 2000s punchline and now, hot director once again?

It looks like Mel Gibson may have retrieved his once secure Hollywood footing, if the 10-minute standing ovation he got after the debut of his film Hacksaw Ridge is any indication. The film bowed at the Venice Film Festival a few days ago, and it seems that Gibson may have finally, once again, become a Hollywood force to be reckoned with. The voyage hasn't been easy, he said.

Gibson termed his relationship with Hollywood as "survival" and said at a Venice news conference:

"Sometimes you take this big step backwards. I've done it. You do something good, and then you do something not quite as good, for one reason or another. Maybe it's where you are in your life."

Many outlets have speculated that Gibson was referring to his hate-filled rant following a 2006 arrest for impaired driving. In it, Gibson notoriously went on an anti-Semitic tirade and said that Jews were responsible for the wars in this world. A few years later, Gibson was embroiled in a lengthy split from his girlfriend where at one point, he was accused of domestic violence. He later pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge. It was another scandal that the once-hot Hollywood star did not need, and one that essentially left him a pariah.

Now, though, Gibson admits that he is healthier than ever before, and said that while it had been a very strange decade, he is in a good place now.

“It's been a weird 10 years for me. I’ve been up and down and all over the place. I’ve done a lot of work on myself, which is ongoing, but I am in a really healthy place right now. If I get any healthier, I’ll levitate,” he said to

Hacksaw Ridge seems to be the film that, for the moment it seems, is putting Gibson back on top. A film made about the first World War II pacifist to win the Medal of Honor, people are heaping praise, albeit tentatively, about both Gibson's directorial efforts and the performances in the film.

There is also a pair of hotly anticipated films featuring Gibson coming up. Blood Father has Gibson playing a man chased by the demons of his past, and his performance apparently is one that may remind some audience members of his dramatic potential. There is also the sequel to Passion of the Christ that Gibson announced. while there have been some who have dubbed it Passion of the Christ 2, Gibson himself said the film would be called Resurrection.

Some might argue that Gibson himself has undergone something of a resurrection himself. What remains to be seen is whether or not he will be forgiven for past sins.

Check out the trailer for Gibson's film Hacksaw Ridge below:

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