“I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team. But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”
I was right when I said Gibson was a Hollywood pariah. I get why people despise the guy: he's anti-semitic, alcoholic, abusive and has lousy taste in girlfriends. But I hate the idea of blacklisting. The man should be able to work. Shun him on the set, don't talk to him--you don't have to be friends with him--but don't prevent him from working because you despise his bigotry and brutish behavior.
Luckily Gibson has the money to make his own movies, which is what he will clearly have to do.