Donal Gibson Opens Up About Strained Brotherhood and the Pitfalls of Fame

Actor Donal Gibson recently engaged in a candid conversation with the media, shedding light on his intricate bond with his older brother, the renowned actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Donal Gibson Opens Up About Strained Brotherhood and the Pitfalls of Fame

Actor Donal Gibson recently engaged in a candid conversation with the media, shedding light on his intricate bond with his older brother, the renowned actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson.

Donal Gibson Reflects on His Relationship with Mel Gibson

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Mail, Donal delved into the diverse phases that shaped his relationship with his brother, attributing the erosion of their connection to the destructive forces of fame and fortune.

He candidly expressed his disappointment, asserting that Mel's actions were responsible for blacklisting him within the Hollywood industry, thereby gravely imperiling his own career. "Mel and I were once so close that I find it unbelievable that we’re not talking, that we’re not in touch, Donal expressed, shaking his head.

When we were kids we shared a bedroom, we did everything together. When he came to LA, I followed. He’s only two years older than me so he was my big brother, my best friend." "When he became famous there was no jealousy.

I was happy for him, proud that he’d made it. Fame changed him. He started believing in his own publicity." Donal gracefully disclosed that he harbored no envy as Mel ascended to stardom. On the contrary, he felt genuine joy for his brother's success, swelling with pride at witnessing his triumphs.

"Hollywood ate him up and spat him out. To me, the fame, the money, it all went to his head and created a monster. I hate what he has become." Donal reminisced. Donal unequivocally holds Mel accountable for the downfall of his own career, asserting that the public's perception of him was unduly influenced by his brother's actions.

Specifically, Mel faced severe criticism in 2004 for his portrayal of Jews in the controversial film "The Passion of the Christ." Donal went on to explain that the making of that film and the subsequent backlash it received had a profoundly adverse impact on his own trajectory within the film industry, rendering it exceedingly arduous to secure future opportunities.

A Fractured Brotherhood and its Professional Repercussions

The complexities of sibling dynamics took a toll on Donal Gibson's professional aspirations, amplifying the obstacles he encountered following the release of "The Passion of the Christ." The controversial nature of the film, coupled with the widespread censure Mel Gibson faced for his portrayal of Jews, reverberated through Donal's career, casting a long and daunting shadow over his prospects within the film industry.

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