Mel GibsonMel Gibson has had more comebacks than Jesus.

While the critics are probably right in saying he's going to have a hard time restoring the public's affection after his most recent tirade --'s shocking recordings of verbal and implied physical abuse against his girlfriend -- he's been in similar situations before, many times.

A look at his public record isn't pretty.

As websites such as have pointed out, his trail of ugly rhetoric stretches back to 1991, when he angered the gay community with remarks made to the Spanish newspaper El Pais and reported in the US by columnist Liz Smith.

"They take it up the a**; this is only for taking a s***," he told the newspaper. "With this look, who's going to think I'm gay? I don't lend myself to that type of confusion. Do I look like a homosexual? Do I talk like them? Do I move like them?"