Cinema: A Softer Side of Mel

He's been mad. He's been lethal. And he's had a helluva summer. Now, hoping for a holiday hit, he learns to get mushy in What Women Want

Mel Gibson looms over himself. A gallery of movie posters hangs in his office at Icon Productions, his company with its headquarters on the Paramount lot in Hollywood. The Man Without a Face: Gibson in silhouette in the distance, the actor shadowed in his 1993 directorial debut. Ransom: closeup of Gibson, blue eyes blazing with righteous desperation. Maverick: James Garner, Jodie Foster and Gibson, all of them smiling, no doubt thinking about how much they were paid. On each poster, on each face, Gibson has added a mustache with a heavy black marker--a graphic display of his famously self-deprecating sense of...

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