If he were playing the part of an incensed, maniacal, foul-mouthed boyfriend onscreen, Mel Gibson's latest tirade might have won him an Oscar. Instead, with an admission that he hit the mother of his child, it could prove to be crucial evidence in a domestic violence case brewing against him.
In a new audio recording obtained by RadarOnline.com, the actor berates Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his 8-month-old daughter, Lucia, hurling curses and derogatory slurs at her over the span of eight minutes.
Grigorieva remains oddly calm through most of the recording, suggesting that Gibson get medication and insisting she doesn't want his money. But toward the end, she brings up the January fight in which Gibson allegedly broke her teeth, which was the impetus for her filing a restraining order against him last month.
"You were hitting a woman with a child in her hands," she said. "What kind of man is that? Breaking her teeth, twice ... what kind of man is that?"
In response, Gibson tells Grigorieva "you deserved it," and implied that he was capable of killing her.
"I'll put you in a f **kin' rose garden you c**t!," he screamed. "You understand that? Because I'm capable of it. You understand that?"
The phone call makes their relationship sound like hell. Hoarse and at points, panting, Gibson tells Grigorieva, "You need a f**king bat in the side of the head," "You need a f**king soul," and "You don't have any f**king friends except me."
At one point, he growls at her, "You get it now? You get what mean is?"
Gibson survived his last public relations nightmare four years ago, but this latest meltdown could prove too toxic even for Hollywood.
When Gibson's last scandal involving an anti-Semitic rant made headlines, his film "Apocalypto," which he directed, was scheduled for release. This time, Gibson has another film waiting in the wings. Only this time, he's the star.
In "The Beaver," Gibson plays a loner who talks to a beaver puppet on his hand. It's a quirky independent film that has long been a "passion project" for many in Hollywood, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jodie Foster, who directed and co-stars in the project, brought her friend Gibson on board. "Twilight" producer Summit Entertainment, which signed on as distributor, planned to release it later this year, rolling it out for the fall festival circuit.
Now, it's unclear what will happen to the film, notwithstanding the potential awkwardness of publicizing a film with "Beaver" in the title and Gibson as its star.
PR guru Howard Bragman told "Good Morning America" that Summit is "stuck with this film, and I don't think they know what to do with this thing."
But Bragman doesn't believe anyone should feel sorry for Gibson.
"Let's not feel really bad for Mel Gibson," he said. "He's reportedly worth more than a billion dollars."
Even so, he'll have to find another agent to represent him. Since Gibson's agent Ed Limato, who also repped Kevin Kostner and Denzel Washington died, he's been dropped by Ari Emanuel's William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.
"It's hardly surprising," Bragman said. "First of all, Ari Emanuel was one of the first people to criticize after his anti-Semitic remark in 2006. There was no love lost there to begin with."
"I don't think they were happy to have him on board," Bragman added. "I think it's good riddance to bad rubbish is what they're feeling."