Read the story of ‘the man without a face’ involving Mel Gibson, and learn whether it’s true or an urban legend.
The Man Without a Face
Here is a true story by Paul Harvey. Pass it
to anyone who you think would find it interesting and inspiring. You will be surprised
who this young man turned out to be. (Do not look at the bottom of this letter until
you have read it fully)
Years ago a hardworking man took his family from New York State to Australia to take
advantage of a work opportunity there. Part of this man’s family was a handsome young
son who had aspirations of joining the circus as a trapeze artist or an actor. This
young fellow, biding his time until a circus job or even one as a stagehand came
along, worked at the local shipyards which bordered on the worst section of town.
Walking home from work one evening, this young man was attacked by five thugs who
wanted to rob him. Instead of just giving up his money the young fellow resisted.
However they bested him easily and proceeded to beat him to a pulp. They mashed his
face with their boots, and kicked and beat his body brutally with clubs, leaving
him for dead. When the police happened to find him lying in the road they assumed
he was dead and called for the Morgue Wagon.
On the way to the morgue a policeman heard him gasp for air, and they immediately
took him to the emergency unit at the hospital. When he was placed on a gurney a
nurse remarked to her horror, that his young man no longer had a face. Each eye socket
was smashed, his skull, legs, and arms fractured, his nose literally hanging from
his face, all is teeth were gone, and his jaw was almost completely torn from his
skull. Although his life was spared he spent over year in the hospital. When he finally
left his body may have healed but his face was disgusting to look at. He was no longer
the handsome youth that everyone admired.
When the young man started to look for work again he was turned down by everyone
just on account of the way he looked. One potential employer suggested to him that
he join the freak show at the circus as The Man Who Had No Face. And he did this
for a while. He was still rejected by everyone and no one wanted to be seen in his
company. He had thoughts of suicide. This went on for five years.
One day he passed a church and sought some solace there. Entering the church he encountered
a priest who had saw him sobbing while kneeling in a pew. The priest took pity on
him and took him to the rectory where they talked at length. The priest was impressed
with him to such a degree that he said that he would do everything possible for him
that could be done to restore his dignity and life, if the young man would promise
to be the best Catholic he could be, and trust in God’s mercy to free him from his
torturous life. The young man went to Mass and communion every day, and after thanking
God for saving his life, asked God to only give him peace of mind and the grace to
be the best man he could ever be in His eyes.
The priest, through his personal contacts was able to secure the services of the
best plastic surgeon in Australia. They would be no cost to the young man, as the
doctor was the priest’s best friend. The doctor too was so impressed by the young
man, whose outlook now on life, even though he had experienced the worse was filled
with good humor and love.
The surgery was a miraculous success. All the best dental work was also done for
him. The young man became everything he promised God he would be. He was also blessed
with a wonderful, beautiful wife, and many children, and success in an industry which
would have been the furthest thing from his mind as a career if not for the goodness
of God and the love of the people who cared for him. This he acknowledges publicly.
The young man. Mel Gibson.
His life was the inspiration for his production of the movie "The Man Without
A Face." He is to be admired by all of us as a God fearing man, a political
conservative, and an example to all as a true man of courage.
If you haven’t gone and seen "The Patriot" yet, do so. It is an incredible
and awesome movie. It’s like a "BraveHeart" with muskets. Now I understand
why Mel Gibson is such an incredible actor.
Sounds good, but false. And the February 2004 release of Mel Gibson’s film, ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ started this urban legend circulating again.