There may be nobody in Hollywood more acquainted with bad publicity than Mel Gibson. He still hasn’t recovered from his incredible 2006-2010 run of anti-Semitic and racist tirades, and these days keeps a low profile and rarely lends his name to major movies.

He recently attended the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic to accept a lifetime achievement award, and in an interview had some interesting things to say about another troubled star: Shia LaBouef. “When I see someone like Shia LaBeouf with the bag on his head and stuff, my heart goes out to the poor guy...I think he's suffering in some way.” he said.

“People are in line to sort of point the finger at him and say that he's this, that, or the other. It's easy to judge. But I'm sure he's going through some kind of personal, kind of very painful, cathartic thing that he has to exorcise and get out there.”

Mel is probably right, but maybe Shia isn't actually in any sort of pain. Maybe he just really hates Cabaret.

Regardless of the source of LaBeouf’s troubles, “He'll probably play it out and come back, whatever it happens to be,” said Gibson. “He'll be alright. I actually like the kid. I think he's good. I've never met him.”

To see Shia perform is to love him; Transformers remains one of the biggest Oscar snubs of the last 25 years if you ask me. Here's hoping that Mel and Shia finally do meet, become BFFs, and try to box pedestrians on the sidewalks of New York City together.

[via Indiewire]