One of the most noble and valiant heroes of the 21st Century. He had the balls to endure the ignorant anti-semite backlash and the inevitable media acidbath to make his labor-of-love dream project: The Passion of The Christ
. You see, he could've just rested on his laurels for the rest of his life, like any good coward would do--he chose to spend thirty million dollars out of his OWN POCKET to make TPoTC. It could've easily ruined him beyond redemption--the movie became one of the highest grossers of all time, despite a brutal R-rating and undeserved lambasting from apallingly hypocritical "professional" critics who complained it was too violent(Even though they had no problem with the violence in Kill Bill). Just like how Jesus died for us, Mel Gibson endured the endless backlash to bring us a straightforward and brutal depiction of his death. A true, benevolent hero.
And a kickass comedy/action/drama actor too.