Mel Gibson called me an ‘oven dodger’, says Winona
Jewish actress considered him a racist homophobe as long ago as the 1990s
Actress Winona Ryder, back in the public eye because of her turn as a washed-up ballerina in drama Black Swan, has banged another nail into Australian actor Mel Gibson's career coffin with the revelation he once called her an "oven dodger".
Ryder, who is half-Jewish, told GQ magazine she met Gibson at "one of those big Hollywood parties" in the mid-1990s. Ryder was then at the height of her fame after indy comedy Heathers made her a star.
She said the actor, who was "really drunk", first made a homophobic joke – she was with a gay friend. Then, as the pair reeled in horror from Gibson's remark, he added further offence with the reference to the Nazi gas chambers in which millions of Jewish prisoners were murdered during WWII.
"He said something about 'oven dodgers,' but I didn't get it," Ryder told the magazine, adding: "I'd never heard that before.
"It was just this weird, weird moment. I was like, 'He's anti-Semitic and he's homophobic.' No one believed me!"
Gibson's reputation is already in tatters after a long series of startlingly vitriolic outbursts. Arrested for drink driving in 2006, he told a police officer: "Fucking Jews...the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."
In July this year a series of taped phone conversations with his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva emerged. In one he is alleged to have told her: "You look like a fucking pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of niggers, it will be your fault."
Gibson was dropped abruptly from the cast of the soon-to-be-released movie, The Hangover 2 this year, to be replaced by Liam Neeson. According to some sources, the cast and crew of the movie mutinied when told they had to work with him. ·
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