Mel Gibson on 2006 anti-Semitic remarks: 'I've never discriminated against anyone'

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Mel Gibson has a thing or two to say about his 2006 DUI charges.

On Thursday's episode of Variety's "Playback" podcast, Gibson spoke with Variety Awards Editor Kristopher Tapley about his newest project "Hacksaw Ridge." While on the show, he opened up about his July 2006 DUI arrest in Malibu, Calif., where he was subsequently recorded making anti-Semitic remarks.

"The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world!" the Hollywood star spouted at the time, according to the 2006 arrest report.

"It was an unfortunate incident," Gibson said on "Playback" when asked about the fact that there are many who feel they can no longer support him or his work. "I was loaded and angry and arrested. I was recorded illegally by an unscrupulous police officer who was never prosecuted for that crime. And then it was made public by him for profit, and by members of — we'll call it the press. So, not fair. I guess as who I am, I'm not allowed to have a nervous breakdown, ever."

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: US actor Mel Gibson (R) and Rosalind Ross (L) arrive for the Closing Ceremony during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2016. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Mel Gibson and Rosalind Ross attend the Closing Ceremony during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Laurent Viteur/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Mel Gibson and Rosalind Ross kiss at the closing ceremony of the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 22, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: US actor Mel Gibson (R) and Rosalind Ross (L) arrive for the Closing Ceremony during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2016. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Rosalind Ross, Mel Gibson attend the Closing Ceremony during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/FilmMagic)
US actor Mel Gibson (R) and his partner Rosalind Ross pose as they arrive on May 22, 2016 for the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP / François Xavier MARIT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Mel Gibson and his partner Rosalind Ross pose as they arrive on May 22, 2016 for the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Mel Gibson (L) and Rosalind Ross attend the closing ceremony of the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 22, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Rosalind Ross and Mel Gibson attend the 'Blood Father' Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Mel Gibson and his girlfriend Rosalind Ross leave the 'Blood Father' Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Mel Gibson and partner Rosalind Ross attend the 'Blood Father' Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
US actor Mel Gibson and his partner Rosalind Ross pose as they arrive on May 21, 2016 for the screening of the film 'Blood Father' at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Mel Gibson (R) and his partner Rosalind Ross pose as they arrive on May 21, 2016 for the screening of the film 'Blood Father' at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Rosalind Ross (L) and Mel Gibson attend the 'Blood Father' Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
US actor Mel Gibson (R) and his partner Rosalind Ross pose as they arrive on May 21, 2016 for the screening of the film 'Blood Father' at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
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The "Passion of the Christ" director acknowledged that he had already apologized for the behavior and that people should move on from the incident.

"Ten years have gone by," Gibson stated. "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. Surely if I was really what they say I was, some kind of hater, there'd be evidence of actions somewhere. There never has been."

Gibson also said he doesn't consider himself a hateful person, and that his actions were a result of the copious amount of alcohol he consumed on that night.

"I've never discriminated against anyone or done anything that sort of supports that reputation," the actor/director said. "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."

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