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Way back in 1987, before recorded phone calls and enraged voice mails, before anti-Semitism, racism and rehab, before “Braveheart,” Mel Gibson’s biggest issue was his immense popularity. Riding high on the success of his “Mad Max” franchise, Gibson was in top form. The year before, he claimed the coveted title of People’s Sexiest Man Alive, if a sometimes-cranky one. “I used to get really irritable with interviewing, but now I’ve just relaxed,” he told WWD on the “Lethal Weapon” junket. “Life is too short.” Good thing he could escape to his Australian cattle ranch with his wife and kids, who, according to Mel, had a happy home regardless of his fame. “I’m not hard to live with,” he said. “Well, I suppose sometimes I am. But I suspect I would be the same if I were a short-order cook.”

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