Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson said his quick temper got the best of him during a recent interview when he called a reporter who asked him about his 2006 DUI arrest an "a--hole."

Mel Gibson calls morning show reporter an "a--hole"

"I have a short fuse. I'm trying to work on it," Gibson told French TV show Le Grand Journal when asked if he had any French curse words for French journalists.  "It usually comes out in English if I'm angry."

Gibson spoke with Dean Richards of Chicago's WGN TV while promoting Gibson's film Edge of Darkness last week. Richards asked if Gibson believes the public will perceive him differently because of the DUI arrest. A police report said he made inflammatory remarks about Jews and a female officer after he was pulled over.

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"That was almost four years ago, dude. I've moved on, I guess you haven't," Gibson sais, adding that he felt the public had forgiven him for the incident. "I certainly hope so. It is awhile back. I've done all the necessary mea culpas, so let's move on, dude, come on."

After the interview ended but before the camera on Gibson cut off, the 54-year-old actor could be heard muttering, "a--hole." Gibson initially tried to downplay the situation on Wednesday: He sent a text to KTLA-TV's Sam Rubin claiming his publicist had been making faces at him off-camera, according to Access Hollywood.