Mel Gibson, known as a talented actor and filmmaker, has had his fair share of controversies throughout his career. However, despite his personal struggles, there is no denying his ability to tell unique stories. One particular example of this is his involvement in the movie "The Singing Detective," which left many people wondering about Gibson's choices in the film industry. "The Singing Detective" was a flop at the box office, but the real story behind the film had nothing to do with money.
The goal wasn't financial gain, but rather providing a platform for Downey to make a successful comeback in Hollywood. Gibson and Downey had become close friends after working together on the film "Air America" in 1990. However, their career paths diverged in the late '90s and early 2000s. While Gibson moved on to produce and direct films, Downey spiraled into a drug addiction that eventually landed him in prison. Once Downey got sober and was ready to work again, he faced difficulty in landing roles because no company would insure him due to the risk he still posed. That's when Gibson decided to take a chance on him. Not only was Downey cast in "The Singing Detective," but his insurance bond was paid by Gibson himself.
Unfortunately, Gibson later faced controversies that led to his blacklisting in Hollywood and a substantial loss of his net worth due to an expensive divorce. However, Downey stood up for his friend when it counted the most.
While "The Singing Detective" may not have been a success for Gibson financially, it was a success in terms of helping a friend. It allowed Downey to overcome his struggles and kick-start his redemption in Hollywood. And although Gibson did not get the chance to work with Downey again after that, their friendship remains strong.