Moving story by Jordan Bloom in The Daily Caller today:
The Iron Man has a soft spot for Hollywood pariah Mel Gibson.
“Unless you are without sin — and if you are, you are in the wrong fucking industry — you should forgive him and let him work again,” Robert Downey, Jr said of his friend Mel Gibson on Friday.
When the “Chaplin” and “Sherlock Holmes” star won the coveted American Cinematheque award, he selected Gibson to present it, in a symbolic gesture of acceptance of the scorned actor.
Gibson fell from A-list grace after his widely publicized self-destruction which brought the public sordid news of booze-fueled anti-semitic rants, drunk driving and a misdemeanor conviction for beating his wife.
But at the Beverly Hilton on Friday night, Downey received solid applause for his pleas for stars to forgive Gibson.
“I urge you to forgive my friend his trespasses,” Downey Jr told the sold-out crowd, with a clear reference to The Lord’s Prayer. “Allow him to pursue this art without shame.”