Mel Gibson Tells Stephen Colbert the Advice He’d Give to His Younger Self: ‘Shut the F–k Up’

Forgive and forget! That’s what Mel Gibson is hoping people can do when it comes to his troubled past.

The 60-year-old managed to make light of his infamous controversies during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, November 1.

Gibson lay on a blanket under the fake stars with the host for the segment "Big Questions With Even Bigger Stars," where they asked each other questions about life and their regrets.

Colbert eased into the sketch gently, asking his guest if Mel is short for Melvin, to which he replied: “No, it’s short for mmm.…”

But Colbert quickly hit him with a tougher question, and asked him if he had any regrets.

“No,” Gibson said, after pausing to think. “Not one. They tend to come in clusters."

Gibson then reeled off the long list of things he’d tell his younger self if he had the chance.

"Don’t be so caught up in the little things. Take advantage of all the gifts the world has to offer. Live every day to the fullest," he shared. "I'd also tell myself, my younger self, to shut the f–k up."

Gibson’s answer was met with a loud round of applause from the audience.

The Hacksaw Ridge director recently reflected on his 2006 anti-Semitic rant in an interview on Variety’s podcast Playback.

"Ten years have gone by," he said. "I'm feeling good. I'm sober, all of that kind of stuff, and for me it's a dim thing in the past. But others bring it up, which [I kind of] find annoying, because I don't understand why after 10 years it's any kind of issue."

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