ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

True friends are rare indeed.

They're the ones who stand by your side when no one else will.

Mel Gibson has realized that Robert Downey, Jr. is a true friend - and wants to take his superstar actor and pal up on his offer to direct Iron Man 4.

According to The Daily Mail, Gibson is eager for a shot at directing a film as big and anticipated as an [Iron Man 4](movie:886190) with RDJ would be:

"I'm pretty good at directing…I think I got some statues for it…I think I can do it,' referring to his Best Picture and Best Director Academy Awards for 1995's Braveheart.

He revealed his ambition in an interview with Extra's Mario Lopez at The Mending Kids International Gala in Santa Monica on Saturday, citing his chances as a director is a bigger draw than his name in the actor's marquee.
"I think I'm a better director than actor…I hope somebody gives me an argument on that," he told the TV host about his thoughts on leading the hit Marvel franchise.

Ever since his 2006 incident that involved drunken, anti-Semitic statements, Gibson has been almost a pariah in Hollywood.

His last major starring role, in 2012's "Get the Gringo" didn't even see a regular national release. Instead, it was jettisoned to video on demand distribution. "The Beaver", released in 2011, was another box office bomb.

The father of eight then shared with The Daily Mail shared that he recently congratulated his friend Robert Downey, Jr on the birth of his first daughter, Avri:

I texted him [Robert] the other day…He's pretty busy. He's still in the haze of the after birth,’ the Hollywood vet said.

When Lopez asked about the 49-year-old Sherlock Holmes star’s comment on judging the quality of a person by their children, the Oscar winner offered his own advice on raising a family: 'What's the key? Listen to them,' he revealed, adding, 'I mean they actually tell me what to do.'

The New York born What Women Want actor has five sons and one daughter with his ex-wife Robyn Gibson, and his youngest daughter with estranged partner Oksana Grigorieva.

And he sees his relationship with 4-year-old Lucia as another learning experience as a father, he said.

'She's so cool…It's amazing. It's full of wonder…and I'm not a youngster any more …It's my second daughter. I'm getting a chance to do it better.'

Though many feel Gibson is unworthy of a second chance of resuming his career and rehabilitating his image, Downey is passionate about helping his friend - who helped him when Downey was considered by many to be unemployable and uninsurable after major legal and drug problems.

"The Daily Mirror" cited Downey's passionate speech on behalf of Gibson after he chose him to present his lifetime achievement award in 2011 at the 25th American Cinematheque Awards:

'I humbly ask that you join me, unless you are completely without sin, and in which case you picked the wrong f***ing industry, in forgiving my friend of his trespasses and offering him the same clean slate that you have me and allowing him to continue his great and ongoing contribution to our collective art without shame.'

So what do the rest of you think?



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