Mirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7459 posts, RR: 60 Posted (12 years 2 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1858 times:
Years ago a hardworking man took his family from New York State to
> Australia to take advantage of a work opportunity there. Part of this
> family was a handsome son who had aspirations of joining the circus as a
> trapeze artist or an actor. This young fellow, biding his time until a
> circus job or even as a stagehand came along, worked at the local
> which bordered on the worse section of town.
> Walking home from work one evening, this young man was attacked by
> five thugs who wanted to rob him. Instead of just giving up his money the
> young fellow resisted. However they bested him easily and proceeded to
> him to a pulp. They mashed his face with their boots, and kicked and beat
> his body brutally with clubs, leaving him for dead. When the police
> to find him lying in the road they assumed he was dead and called for the
> Morgue Wagon.
> On the way to the morgue, a policeman heard him gasp for air, and
> they immediately took him to the emergency unit at the hospital. When he
> was placed on a gurney, a nurse remarked to her horror, that this young
> no longer had a face. His eye socket was smashed, his skull, legs and arms
> fractured, his nose literally hanging from his face, all his teeth were
> gone, and his jaw was almost completely torn from his skull.
> Although his life was spared, he spent over a year in the
> When he finally left, his body may have healed but his face was disgusting
> to look at. He was no longer the handsome youth that everyone admired.
> the young man started to look for work again, he was turned down by
> just on account of the way he looked. One potential employer suggested to
> him that he join the freak show at the circus as "The man who had no
> And he did this for a while. He was still rejected by everyone and no one
> wanted to be seen in his company. He had thoughts of suicide. This went on
> for 5 years.
> One day he passed a church and sought some solace there.
> Entering the church he encountered a priest who had seen him
> while kneeling in a pew. The priest took pity on him and took him to the
> rectory where they talked at length. The priest was impressed with him to
> such a degree that he said that he would do everything possible for him
> could be done to restore his dignity and life, if the young man would
> promise to be the best Catholic he could be, and trust in God's mercy to
> free him from his torturous life.
> The young man went to Mass and Communion every day, and after
> thanking God for saving his life, asked God to only give him peace of mind
> and the grace to be the best man he could ever be in His eyes.
> The priest, through his personal contacts was able to secure the
> services of the best plastic surgeon in Australia. There would be no cost
> the young man, as the doctor was the priest's best! friend. The doctor too
> was so impressed by the young man, whose outlook now on life, even though
> had experienced the worst, was filled with good humor and love.
> The surgery was a miraculous success. All the best dental work was
> also done for him. The young man became everything he promised God he
> He was also blessed with a wonderful, beautiful wife, and many
> children, and success in an industry, which would have been the furthest
> thing from his mind as a career, if not for the goodness of God and the
> of the people who cared for him. This he acknowledges publicly.
> The young man was and is.......Mel Gibson.
> His life was the inspiration for his production of the movie
> "The Man Without A Face." He is to be admired by all of us as a
> fearing man, a political conservative, and an example to all as a true man
> of courage.
> And to think I admired him before I knew any of this!! He is
> a man!!!!
> Paul Harvey
> This may help us understand why Mel Gibson has been so committed
> his latest movie venture as director of, "The Passion." Gibson is once
> being attacked. This time because of his blunt honesty and commitment to
> Biblical accuracy in his vivid portrayal of the crucifixion of Jesus
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Csavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1478 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1836 times:
I don't care how good a plastic surgeon you are, you can't put together a person to look like Mel Gibson after the beating described in the post. Also I've seen this floating around before. It's an urban legend.
"He took up acting only because his sister submitted an application behind his back. The night before an audition, he got into a fight, and his face was badly beaten, an accident that won him the role."
But obviously not like the urban legend quoted in the first post.
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