Mel Gibson's Scottish sober struggle
- Bang Showbiz
- 30 October 2009
'Braveheart' star and recovering alcoholic Mel Gibson has revealed that he's too scared to go back to Scotland because it would drive him to drink
Mel Gibson thinks Scotland would make him get drunk.
Mel - a recovering alcoholic who was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in 1984 and 2006 - said he hasn't been back to the UK country since shooting 'Braveheart' in 1995 because he fears it would have a damaging effect on him .
He said: "I haven't gone back since because I'm afraid. I'd never get sober for one thing, and to have to run around in a dress... it's cold up there!"
Despite his reluctance to return, the 53-year-old 'What Women Want' star admits Scotland still holds a special place in his heart.
He added: "On the way to the premiere in Scotland the crowd was 50-deep and I couldn't believe there was so much feeling and fervour about the subject. It hit a chord, definitely."
Earlier this month, Mel saw his 2006 conviction for misdemeanour driving under the influence expunged
after serving his three-year probation period.
Following the incident, Mel - who infamously launched into an obscene anti-Semitic tirade against police when he was arrested - was placed on probation and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.
He attended a 12-step program for 11 months, underwent an alcohol abuse education course, and also handed over his driver's license for 90 days as part of his rehabilitation.
He met with Jewish leaders to discuss his tirade and has since apologised for the remarks he made to the deputy sheriff who made the arrest.