Winona Ryder Reveals Anti-Semitic Run-In With Mel Gibson
Years before Mel Gibson ranted that "Jews were responsible for all the wars in the world" during his 2006 DUI arrest, the actor-director revealed his anti-Semitic side to Winona Ryder at a Hollywood party.
The actress, who is Jewish, tells GQ that Gibson made a disparaging remark to her face about her religion at a mid-'90s gathering, "He was really drunk. Somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about 'oven dodgers,' but I didn't get it. I'd never heard that before. It was just this weird, weird moment."
A friend accompanying Ryder to the party was also targeted by Gibson. Ryder said, "I was with my friend, who's gay. He made a really horrible gay joke. I was like, 'He's anti-Semitic and he's homophobic.' No one believed me!"
Ryder received two SAG Award nominations Thursday: outstanding lead actress for the TV movie When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story and a best ensemble nom as part of the Black Swan cast.
Gibson will be back in theaters in March in the Jodie Foster-directed film The Beaver.