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Mel Gibson sat down for a panel discussion about his latest film, Get the Gringo, and ran smack into some nerves of steel.

Ain't It Cool News' Harry Knowles asked the controversial actor whether he had any trouble getting along with his Jewish director, Adrian Grunberg—a dicey question regardless and especially dicey considering the recorded Gibson rant released just today.

So, did he?

"Noooo," Gibson said comically, stretching the o sound. (He made the same low, guttural sound when asked if he learned Spanish for the film, too.)

"I hate his guts," joked Grunberg, who cowrote the film with Gibson. "No, I've known him six or seven years!"

"I'm Jewish, too!" chimed in producer Stacy Perskie, to whom Gibson quipped, "Really? You don't look Jewish."

Awkward pause, then Knowles explained he felt he had to ask because Gibson has come under "a certain amount of fire."

That's certainly one way to put it.

The Q&A continued, and Gibson talked about how much he digs Mexico, where Get the Gringo was shot; how much he loves Austin, where the panel took place; and how he'd like to play a villain one day.

Asked whether there was a chance of another Lethal Weapon movie, he said, "Maybe. I don't know who's going to make it or be in it or anything. I'd like to see one with someone else."

Of the Viking movie he just cowrote with Braveheart scribe Randall Wallace, Gibson said, "It's phenomenal. I can't wait to get my claws on it."

Get the Gringo premieres May 1 on DirecTV.

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