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December 15, 2006

THE QUESTION Mel Gibson's new movie, Apocalypto, was the top box-office movie when it opened last weekend. Will Gibson's anti-Semitic comments made earlier this year make you more likely or less likely to patronize his films? Briefly explain why.

WHAT YOU SAY While revealing his true feelings toward Jews in his drunken tirade, Mr. Gibson opened a Pandora's box of hatred toward my people. His luster as an actor and producer is now so tarnished in my estimation that I have nothing but disdain for him.

Bernice Millman, Baltimore My family and I used to watch and enjoy Gibson's old Lethal Weapon movies, as well as his other movies, but after we heard and read about his remarks about Jewish people - forget it and him!

Marsha Himelfarb, Owings Mills Hey, cut Mel Gibson, a flawed character, some slack, will you? I will go to see Apocalypto.

William Hughes, Baltimore I was never a huge fan of Mel Gibson's work to begin with. However, in the past I'd be up for seeing one of Gibson's films if friends or family wanted to. Not anymore. ... I see no reason to waste my money or time on the historically inaccurate ramblings of an anti-Semite.

Grant Hamming, College Park

THE NEXT QUESTION Will Smith's new movie, Pursuit of Happyness, is based on the real-life experiences of Chris Gardner, who also wrote a book by the same name. Do movies such as this spur you to read the book, or do you read the book first and then go see the movie?

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