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Mel Gibson Unsure What He Should Still Be Apologizing For

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14:  Actor Mel Gibson attends The 25th American Cinematheque Award Honoring Robert Downey Jr. held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on October 14, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) Mel Gibson.

Mel Gibson is back with his new film Get the Gringo, but unlike the action films that made Gibson famous, Gringo was unable to secure a theatrical release and will instead be going straight to on-demand. It's fair to blame Gibson's offscreen tabloid troubles — the arrest, the ugly battle with his ex, and the recent blow-up at screenwriter Joe Eszterhas — for Gringo's second-tier premiere, but at this point, would any sort of apology from the star be able to repair the significantly damaged relationship between Gibson and his audience? That may be a moot point, because as Gibson says in a new interview, he doesn't feel like he has anything to apologize for.

In a chat with Coming Soon to promote Gringo, Gibson seemed stymied by the idea that people expect him to seek forgiveness:

Q: Is Hollywood ultimately a forgiving town?
Mel Gibson:
No, it's not. They have to forget. I don't even think they're vindictive. I don't think they think there's reason to forgive. And forgive what, to begin with? What are they asking for? It's almost like, can you please forgive me for what? What did I do, really? It is kind of ridiculous. So it's kind of hard to pinpoint exactly what needs to be forgiven and I don't consider that anything does [need to be forgiven] because I didn't hurt anyone.

Then again, bad behavior may be its own reward: Gibson has been filming a part as the villain in Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills, which will be the star's second wide-release film in the last decade. He stars alongside Danny Trejo, Lady Gaga ... and another bad-boy actor who has bounced back from notoriety and allegations of violence, Charlie Sheen.

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/2011 Getty Images