Thompson on Hollywood

Mel Gibson walked the red carpet at Cannes, shunned the press conference, but sat down for his only U.S. Cannes interview with a friendly interlocutor, Variety editor Tim Gray (on video below).

Gibson talks about seeing Jodie Foster's The Beaver for the first time with an audience at Cannes and his return to acting after an eight-year break playing a character who finds an unusual way of surviving depression: "It's spiritual in a weird way," he said. "We all go through things that are hard to bear. You've got to get through it." And he plans to return to directing: "That's my favorite job standing up," he says. Anything else about his life to discuss? "Life? You don't want to hear about my three-ring circus," he replied.