Mel Gibson advises his younger self to 'shut the f**k up'

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Gibson… some sage advice to his younger self – Credit: AFP

Truer words may never have been spoken by Mel Gibson.

During an appearance on ‘The Late Show’ with Stephen Colbert, he broached some of Gibson’s poorer judgement calls in the past.

Asked if he had any regrets, Gibson said: “No, not one, they tend to come in clusters.”

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Then, when Colbert asked what Mel would tell his younger self, Gibson said: “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. And most emphatically, ‘shut the f**k up’.”

Colbert then threw in the quip ‘Do you ever look at Donald Trump and say how come I have to apologize when he might actually be president’.

Gibson laughed off the question, diplomatically avoiding an answer.

Currently on the comeback trail with his movie ‘Hacksaw Ridge’, Gibson has been persona non grata in Hollywood for some years, following an anti-semitic outburst he made to a policeman while being arrested for DUI, as well as the leaking of threats to his ex-wife.

He said only last week that people should now be willing to move on from the matter.

He told Variety: “Ten years have gone by. 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 kind of I find annoying, because I don’t understand why after 10 years it’s any kind of issue.

“And for one episode in the back of a police car on eight double tequilas to sort of dictate all the work, life’s work and beliefs and everything else that I have and maintain for my life is really unfair.”