Mel Gibson sought “death by cop” after his wife, Robyn, left him while he was filming “Apocalypto” in 2006, according to Vanity Fair.
Peter Biskind writes in the Hollywood issue that Gibson had started drinking again on location and returned home to LA to find Robyn had moved out with the kids. Soon after, he infamously ranted slurs at a police officer who arrested him on suspicion of DUI following a drinking session at Moonshadows in Malibu.
A friend told VF, “He felt that he had just absolutely failed as a human being. Mel was trying to invite death by cop. I don’t think this was being anti-Semitic. I think he was trying to rile that guy into pulling out a gun and shooting him.”
The friend said Gibson had “said goodbye to every table” in the restaurant before leaving: “I believe what was going on that night was a farewell.” Dean Devlin, who co-produced “The Patriot,” told Biskind, “He told me that when he drank, this whole other character came out . . . he was doing everything he could to redeem himself.” Gibson’s “Lethal Weapon” co-star, Danny Glover, leapt to his defense, saying, “I know Mel in his heart, and I think he’s not the way he has been characterized."