Mel Gibson gives advice to his younger self on Stephen Colbert: 'Shut the f--- up'

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To promote his new directing effort, "Hacksaw Ridge" (out Friday), Mel Gibson appeared on "The Late Show" on Tuesday night and ended up delving into some deep thoughts with host Stephen Colbert.

Well, not really. It was just Colbert's segment "Big Questions with Even Bigger Stars," but Gibson did touch on his regrets.

Colbert and Gibson lay down on a blanket and pondered questions like "How many stars are in the sky?" and "What's the one book you'd bring with you to a desert island?"

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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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But the biggest laugh came when Colbert asked Gibson, "If you could go back in time, what would you tell your younger self?"

"Don't be so caught up in the little things, take advantage of all the gifts the world has to offer, live every day to the fullest," Gibson said. "I would also tell my younger self to shut the f--- up."

The Oscar winner was surely referring to the anti-Semitic remarks he made 10 years ago during a DUI arrest, a recording of which leaked and nearly ruined his career.

Watch the entire segment below:

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