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Mel Gibson ‘hates Jews,’ says dumped US writer

Mel Gibson. AP

LOS ANGELES—Oscar-winning director Mel Gibson was plunged into a fresh anti-Semitism row Thursday after being accused of shelving a film about a famous Jewish revolt because he “hates Jews.”

But the “Braveheart” star blasted the claims as “fabrications” from a writer whose work wasn’t up to scratch.

The allegations from Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas came after studio Warner Bros announced it was putting on hold “The Maccabees,” which Gibson had been penciled in to direct, because the film “lacked a sense of triumph.”

But Eszterhas, best known for writing the thrillers “Jagged Edge,” and “Basic Instinct,” let rip at Gibson in a nine-page letter which alleged the “Braveheart” star was pulling out because of his anti-Semitic views.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason you won’t make ‘The Maccabees’ is the ugliest possible one. You hate Jews,” Eszterhas wrote in the letter, which was reproduced on the movie and entertainment website The Wrap.

Gibson, 56, whose reputation has plunged since he was caught on tape in July 2006 making an anti-Semitic rant at a US sheriff’s deputy who had arrested him for drunken driving, denies the latest allegations.

Eszterhas, however, accused Gibson, star of blockbusters “Mad Max” and “Lethal Weapon,” of taking on the project under false pretenses.

“I believe you announced the project with great fanfare — ‘a Jewish Braveheart’ — in an attempt to deflect continuing charges of anti-Semitism which have dogged you, charges which have crippled your career,” he wrote.

During his high-profile arrest six years ago, Gibson, a Catholic, said Jews were responsible for all the wars in the world, but later apologized for making “despicable” comments which he blamed on alcoholism.

“The Maccabees” was intended as a drama based on Judah Maccabee, widely revered as one of the greatest warriors in Jewish history alongside Joshua, Gideon and David.

Eszterhas, 67, who said Warner Bros told him in March that the studio was not going ahead with the project, recalled a social occasion where he claimed Gibson had slandered Jews and behaved badly.

“You continually called Jews ‘Hebes’ and ‘oven-dodgers’ and even ‘Jewboys,'” said Eszterhas in the letter, referring to slang term for Hebrew.

But in a statement issued after the Eszterhas letter went viral, Gibson denounced the allegations as “utter fabrications,” and said “The Maccabees,” had been sidelined because the script was not good enough.

“I absolutely want to make this movie; it’s just that neither Warner Bros nor I want to make this movie based on your script,” Gibson wrote in a letter, issued by his publicist.

“Honestly, Joe, not only was the script delivered later than you promised, both Warner Bros and I were extraordinarily disappointed with the draft.

“In 25 years of script development I have never seen a more substandard first draft or a more significant waste of time. The decision not to proceed with you was based on the quality of your script, not on any other factor.”

Eszterhas added however that during the meeting at Gibson’s California home the actor, who won the best picture and director Oscars for “Braveheart” in 1996, had also defamed assassinated British singer John Lennon.

“About John Lennon: ‘I’m glad he’s dead. He deserved to be shot,'” Eszterhas alleged Gibson had said.

TMZ meanwhile said Gibson believes the film will still go ahead, despite the row, citing a source as saying: “The project is going forward without Eszterhas,” adding he “still has a relationship with Warner Bros.”

But another source intimately connected to the project told the usually well-informed celebrity news website: “There are no plans on making it into a movie.”


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  • PHtaxpayer

    just shows you how Jews own Hollywood and the media.  Any free speech against the Jews will earn you massive retaliation by them.  Actually I’m getting tired of seeing Jewish actors on TV and the movies.  I’d much rather see Asians, Australians, Arabians and Blacks on TV and movies than the usual Jewish face because they are such a minority but it seems they are all over TV and the movies.  I bet most of you don’t even know it.

    • Victoria

       I know that. I’m a Filipino Jew, and I’m sorry you don’t like the Jews. G-d bless you.

      • Templar Society

        Filipino Jew. self proclaimed Filipino Jew or self proclaimed Filipino? anyway, people shouldnt blame anyone for anything. They should be blaming themselves. Ideology is the culprit of everything. ;)

      • Victoria

         My maternal grandparents were Jews, Zephardic from Central Asia. I’m a proud Filipino, not self-proclaimed. I was born and breed there. Anyway, you’re right. We should not play the blame game. I detest prejudices. Mabuhay.

      • generalproblem

        hehehehe meron palang hudyo sa pinas. pwede kana mahiram sa pasyon

      • Victoria

        You’ve watched too many fantasy stories. Tell tale stories has obviously twisted your empty cranium.

      • generalproblem

        oh really thats why i hate jews. you better get out of the phillipines you stupid jew. we dont need you.

      • Victoria

         Oh, that’s a good christian. Fortunately, I’m not in the Philippines. Fight your own battle, or your savior will.

      • generalproblem

        good for you that your out of the country or else we will throw you out just like the spaniards did to the jews in spain.

      • sanjuan683

        heheheheh you like so much fairy tale hehehehehehe We all creature when we died all of us become fertilizers of the earth can not tell which is which. Shame on your skin. hehhehehehe

      • Banono

        As a Bible-believing Christian I love Jews much more a Filipino Jew even though they may not believe the Lord Jesus Christ for now yet we biblical Christians don’t hold it against them because we know.
         
        All these Jew-hating people sometimes don’t even know why they hate the Jews, they just read or heard about it from another Jew-hating person, so it is just a sort of hand-me-downs invectives, diatribes, railings and so on and so forth. As with other races of people there will always be good and bad among them, so it is not good to stereotype people.
         
        On the other hand I find some truly religious Jews in Israel to be helpful and kind.

      • sanjuan683

        Easy men they were creature like you. When we died all of us become fertilizers of the earth. You can not tell which is which. heheheheheh

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IJ2DA4ZHFHZOM2I2UCLJGFY7GI Shai

        Victoria…how did you become a Jew?  Were you a Jew who came to the Philippines? or were you a convert?  I’m just curious because I did not know there’s a Jew in the Philippines.  I never heard there’s a synagogue or a temple in the Philippines at all.  Don’t worry I don’t hate Jews.  I’m just curious.

      • Victoria

         Shai, My maternal grandparents came from Central Asia(Himalayas, etc.) Asian Jews. I was told that my Lolo came to the Philippines with other European Jews invited by the then Pres ML Quezon. We didn’t know that my mother’s parents were Jews until few years ago. The only thing that brought back memories were; pork was not allowed in our kitchen table and Shabbat (Saturdays) is a day of rest, lots of foods shared with family and friends. December month were celebrated grandiously with  my Lolo’s farmers and workers and the townspeople, for 8 days.By the way,there is a synagogue in Makati. I have few  Filipino Jewish  friends in Manila, Bulacan and Baguio. G-D bless you for not hating Jews. I don’t recent people who hate Jews, I have to pity their ignorance and fanatical beliefs. Shalom.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IJ2DA4ZHFHZOM2I2UCLJGFY7GI Shai

        Victoria, thanks for your reply. God bless you too.

    • sanjuan683

      heheheheheheh hey all of them are human being when they died they become fertilizers of the earth. hehehehehe at the end you can not tell which of which.



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