'Late Show': Mel Gibson Advises Younger Self to "Shut the F— Up"

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The actor-director would love to know which of the 'Lethal Weapon' films Jesus prefers.

Mel Gibson on Tuesday took a trip down memory lane on CBS' The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The actor-director, who is on a promotional tour for his new movie Hacksaw Ridge, joined Colbert for his deep-thoughts segment "Big Questions With Even Bigger Stars."

The pair shared a blanket under the stars as they posed existential questions to each other about life and regrets. Colbert kicked things off with the most important question of all: "Is Mel short for Melvin?"

Gibson replied, "No, it's long for Mmm …"

Colbert then tackled the elephant in the room — Gibson's colorful if controversial recent past. Asked if he had any regrets, Gibson responded, "No, not one … they tend to come in clusters."

When asked what he would tell his younger self, Gibson read off a list: "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." And most emphatically, "Shut the f— up."

The last item on the list garnered the loudest response. Colbert added that "a younger Mel Gibson" would probably be the famous person he would most like to meet if he could go back in time. Gibson's own choice, predictably, was Jesus, but so that he could find out which of the Lethal Weapon films J.C. preferred. 

Colbert then kept things topical, weaving in Donald Trump, the election and Gibson's past controversies. "Do you ever look at Donald Trump and say, 'How come I have to apologize when he might actually be president?'" asked the host, to which Gibson diplomatically laughed his way out of an answer. 

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