Gibson was the surprise celeb who made the presentation, and Downey returned the favor by making an impassioned plea to the star-studded audience to "forgive" Mel, and more importantly, to hire him.
“Unless you are without sin – and if you are, you are in the wrong f**king industry, you should forgive him and let him work,” Downey said from the stage.
The two men co-starred in Air America in 1990, a time when Downey's substance abuse problems made it impossible for the producers to insure him. Gibson fought for his friend, even posting the insurance bond himself.
“He taught me many things and I will use the ‘C’ word, courage. There’s nothing so much wrong with him. Of course you have to worry about the guy making the judgment here," Gibson joked as he made the presentation. "He’s a good dude with a good heart.”Read more at Radaronline