Mel Gibson sympathizes with Shia LaBeouf

Mel Gibson understands some of what Shia LaBeouf is going through.

Story highlights

  • Gibson says his heart goes out to LaBeouf
  • He said he thinks LaBeouf is "suffering in some way"
  • The older actor said he believes LaBeouf will be alright
Shia LaBeouf has at least one high profile supporter.
"When I see someone like Shia LaBeouf with the bag on his head and stuff, my heart goes out to the poor guy," Gibson said, referencing an appearance the actor once made on the red carpet with a paper bag covering his face. "It really does because I think he's suffering in some way."
Gibson -- who was at the festival in the Czech Republic to receive a lifetime achievement award -- knows a thing or two about run-ins with the law and being labeled "troubled." He said it's tough because "you are under scrutiny if you achieve any type of notoriety."
"People are in line to sort of point the finger at him and say that he's this, that, or the other," Gibson said. "It's easy to judge. But I'm sure he's going through some kind of personal, kind of very very painful, cathartic thing that he has to exorcise and get out there. And he'll probably play it out and come back."
"He'll be alright," Gibson said. "I actually like the kid, I've never met him but I think he's good."