• Fri, Sep 9 2011

Mel Gibson Inexplicably Wants to Make a Movie About Jewish Hero Judah Maccabee

We think maybe Mel Gibson doesn’t know the meaning of anti-Semitism? Or thinks that throwing out derogatory statements about Jews — or, as some believe, promoting it in The Passion of the Christ – is no big deal and he can go back to making movies about Jews. Deadline reports that Mel’s teaming up with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas to tell the story of Judah Maccabee, who led a rebellion that’s the basis of Hanukkah. (Yes, we remember that from Rugrats.)

You would think that Mel would understand that after his anti-Semitic rant in 2006, he doesn’t really have the right to any stories that are meant to be upheld in the Jewish community. It’s easy to forget that Mel did apologize for his drunken, anti-Semitic tirade in 2006, but if we’re going to be all Biblical here, he’s basically been branded. I have friends who absolutely refused to see The Beaverdespite me telling them it was a fantastic movie, because at that point Mel Gibson’s work was dead to them.

This move seems really desperate, like he’s grasping for fame and the approachable persona he can never recover. And shockingly, Joe Eszterhas is known for some iconic movies like Basic Instinct and Flashdance. Even though he’s obviously trying to get back into Hollywood after battling cancer out of the spotlight, this doesn’t seem like the best way to do it.

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