But I got the feeling RDJ was implying that there were people in the room who actually had done worse.
Egads. Well, they probably have. But for that reason, I actually don't think RDJ did Mel any favors with this one. If there are people in that room who've done worse, then they're just thinking "his own fault for getting caught, aren't I a genius for covering up better than that". And if there are people who HAVEN'T done anything nearly as bad, then they're insulted for being compared to him.
I don't think anybody's gonna be like, "well, I run this studio and I'm Jewish, but Robert Downey Jr. likes Mel, so I'll work with him."
Actually, it's an odd message overall, because it was addressed solely at the people in the room and not say, the viewing American public. Why does Mel need ACTORS to forgive him? Even if RDJ meant the industry at large, what does Mel need the industry's forgiveness for? He can fund his own movies. It's the public that he needs to forgive him, because nobody will go to those movies if they don't.
I think it's a very weird moment on RDJ's part that speaks to what an insulated bubble these people live in; that he thinks it is so important to be respected and embraced by other celebrities. What is that? Like, what, Mel isn't gonna have any problems anymore if Guy Ritchie decides he's cool? There is something psychologically twisted about it.