Is Mel Gibson the George Bailey of our times? The co-founder of some Christian entertainment company is interceding on the actor's behalf in hopes of offering some sort of Hollywood-style explanation for the maelstrom that resulted from Gibson's drunken, anti-semitic remarks. In a rather bizarre press release, David Krkpatrick, co-founder of Good News Holdings, compares Gibson to the protagonist of that popular Christmastime movie, It's A Wonderful Life:
In that movie, while drunk on Christmas Eve, decent man George Bailey chastises his wife, reduces his children to tears, and destroys the living room of his home with his own hands. Suicidal, Bailey prays to God for help, seeks his family’s forgiveness, and finds redemption.
Hmmm. The analogy is a bit of a stretch, for these reasons:
It wasn't Christmas
Unlike George Bailey's savings and loan, Gibson's Passion of the Christ was in no danger of driving him into unsolvable debt
No guardian angel on the scene
No Jews in Bedford Falls (except for Mr. Potter)
Bailey never blamed Potter for starting all of the world's wars
Mel Gibson not found in possession of Zuzu's petals
But, apparently just like George Bailey, Gibson has a cadre of friends who are willing to rally around the cause.