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Truth Or Fiction?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 12:21 pm

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
> man's
> 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
> happened
> 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
> man
> 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
> everyone
> 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
> sobbing
> 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
> that
> 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
> to
> 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
> he
> 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
> be.
> 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
> love
> 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
> quite
> 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
> again
> being attacked. This time because of his blunt honesty and commitment to
> Biblical accuracy in his vivid portrayal of the crucifixion of Jesus
> Christ.
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RE: Truth Or Fiction?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 12:49 pm

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.

There is a slight grain of truth in it though.
According to imdb. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000154/bio

"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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RE: Truth Or Fiction?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 2:07 pm

Snopes Urban Legend Debunker has a page on this:

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RE: Truth Or Fiction?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 2:13 pm

This may help us understand why Mel Gibson has been so committed
> his latest movie venture as director of, "The Passion."

Maybe there's 350 million-plus reasons he's been so committed to it, as well.
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RE: Truth Or Fiction?

Thu Mar 25, 2004 1:55 am

Hmmmm....Mel Gibson has always enjoyed flirting with fiction.

Has anyone seen Braveheart and The Patriot??
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RE: Truth Or Fiction?

Thu Mar 25, 2004 3:24 am

I've seen both!!

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