Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

“Unless you are without sin — and if you are, you are in the wrong [expletive] industry — you should forgive him and let him work again.”

Robert Downey Jr., at the American Cinematheque tribute to his career, begging the Hollywood-insider audience to give his scandal-scarred pal Mel Gibson another shot, reports E!Online. Downey credits Gibson with hiring him after his own career was sunk by substance abuse.

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