Mel Gibson to Jay Leno — ‘I’ve Got a Little Bit of a Temper’

0428_mel_gibson_videoMel Gibson spoke out last night for the first time about his epic, profanity-laden, secretly-recorded rant against writer Joe Eszterhas … and he actually had a bit of a sense of humor about the whole thing.

Gibson explained to Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” … that Eszterhas turned in a script for “The Maccabees” to Warner Bros. that was rejected and so Gibson felt his actions were “justified.”

As for the 9-page letter Eszterhas wrote to Gibson, Mel joked, “If he put half as much time and effort and creativity and imagination into a screenplay, which he was supposed to write, as he did into that letter … we wouldn”t be having this conversation.”

Finally, talking about the infamous tape, Mel joked, “Maybe you don”t know this about me, but I”ve got a little bit of a temper.”

Yes, Mel … we know.