I’ve seen this story reported before and it seems blown out of proportion. The reporter is the one who brings up the scenario and puts words in Downey’s mouth, and he just replies basically yeah sure why not. I don’t doubt that he is lobbying to get Gibson the gig, but these stories make it sound like he’s made some sort of hard and fast ultimatum.
“No, Mel, you really can’t have it. It’s mine…c’mon, Mel, give it back to me. Mel, I’m not a Jew, and stop being such an asshole. Give me back my award. POLICE!…someone call the police…”
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