This past decade has been the best of times and the worst of times for Mel Gibson. Between 2000 and 2002, Gibson starred in four films that grossed more than $600 million domestically, and in 2004 he co-wrote, directed and produced a movie that grossed more than $370 million all by itself.

That last film, 'The Passion of the Christ,' marks the moment where his non-monetary fortunes began to sink. 'Passion of the Christ' was No. 1 among true believers, but among others, it was widely seen as anti-Semitic, and rants by Gibson's father, a Holocaust denier who labeled the Second Vatican Council a 'Masonic plot backed by Jews,' made it seem as if Mel was simply a chip off the old block-head.