The last time we got to see Mel Gibson on the big screen, it was in The Singing Detective. Six years, some violent films, and an infamous arrest later, and we're finally getting another dose as he plays a homicide cop in Martin Campbell's Edge of Darkness. The film centers on a cop (Gibson) who watches his daughter (Bojana Novakovic) die, and then sets out to find the people who killed her.

Darkness is slated to hit screens later this year, and to kick off the buzz, an image has been released to Empire, which you can see in its entirety here. The image shows Gibson kneeling over a body, in front of a cop car and parts of what seems to be another totaled car, looking peeved. Try as I might, but I can't view this picture in the proper context. All I can see is a cautionary tale about what could've happened had Gibson not been pulled over by the cops that night in 2006. Cop cars, debris, and dead bodies doesn't seem like the best way to make us forget the past and focus on the present. It'd be like Lindsay Lohan trying to get back into the swing of things by playing a careless, drunken moviestar. Or Robert Downey Jr. cleaning up, and then doing Less Than Zero.

So that leads me to wonder: Can you forget about a star's real-life troubles when you see them on the big screen? Does reality fall away and leave nothing but the story, or do looks, scenarios, and other subtleties pull you out of the plot and right into memories of misconduct? What do you forgive, and what's hard to forget?
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