Recently, Shane Black, the writer of “Lethal Weapon,” suggested that Mel Gibson, the star of that film, has been “blacklisted” in Hollywood due to an incident ten years ago during which the actor/director made an anti-Semitic rant during a DUI stop. Gibson subsequently did the apology tour and went into rehab. However, he has only been in six obscure films since and has not directed anything since 2006’s “Apocalypto.” The once A-list actor and director of such films as “Braveheart” has fallen on hard times.

But, Gibson may be about to rehabilitate himself with the first movie he directed in ten years, “Hacksaw Ridge.”

The word “blacklist” has an explosive history in Hollywood, referring to 1950s era Communists who were denied jobs thanks to their unfortunate affiliation with the Soviet Union and its tyrannical ideology. The 1950s blacklist is now universally deplored, though the practice seems to be still used, just with different targets.

Gibson is apparently being denied work for something he said while under the influence of drink, something he subsequently regretted and repudiated. It may be a little churlish to mention in this context Roman Polanski, a child rapist, who still directs Movies from his place of exile in France and whose films actors vie to be in.

Nevertheless, Gibson has a chance to jump-start his career with the World War II drama, “Hacksaw Ridge,” now in post-production and scheduled for release in November.

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The film depicts the adventures of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who refused to kill or even pick up a weapon, but still enlisted as a medic. Doss was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving 75 of his fellow servicemen while under fire during the Battle of Okinawa.

The script writes itself. A celebrated artist falls from grace due to a single incident, struggles for a decade to deal with the consequences and then triumphs with a great movie.

Of course, the last bit has not been written yet because we don’t know how audiences and critics are going to react to “Hacksaw Ridge.” Still, the story is compelling enough, and Gibson has the experience and skills to pull it off. We’ll see if he gets his happy, Hollywood ending or not.

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