Well here is some shocking news. (Spoiler: not really.) Mel Gibson hates Jews.
Joe Eszterhas, a screenwriter Mel hired to pen his Jewish hero Judah Maccabee movie, wrote a letter to the Jacuzzi enthusiast that pointed out the glaringly obvious…MEL BE CRAZY/ PREJUDICE. Joe managed to fill 9 pages with details of his encounters with him. Below is the CliffsNotes from Joe’s letter…
On Jews being at the top of his NO LIKEY list: “I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason you won’t make ‘The Maccabees’ is the ugliest possible one. You hate Jews.”
On Mel rewriting history and the Torah: “You said the Holocaust was ‘mostly a lot of horsesh*t.’ You said the Torah made reference to the sacrifice of Christian babies and infants. When I told you that you were confusing the Torah with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, … you insisted ‘it’s in the Torah — it’s in there!’ (It isn’t).”
Mel’s “colorful” vocabulary: “You continually called Jews ‘Hebes‘ and ‘oven-dodgers‘ and ‘Jewboys.’ It seemed that most times when we discussed someone, you asked ‘He’s a Hebe, isn’t he?’ You said most ‘gatekeepers’ of American companies were ‘Hebes’ who ‘controlled their bosses.’”
On Mel’s romantic side needing to be put in Hallmark cards: “You were raving at Oksana even after you’d reached a custody agreement over Luci…. And then you were even more explicit about your threat: ‘I’m going to kill her! I’m going to have her killed!’ You said you’d become friends with two FBI agents (or former FBI agents) and they were going to help you to kill her. You said, ‘I want to fuck her in the ass and stab her to death while I’m doing it.’”
Mel ate about 10 pounds of horse tranquilizers to crank out a rather calm response in which he didn’t threaten sodomy or murder…
I will acknowledge like most creative people I am passionate and intense. I was very frustrated that when you arrived at my home at the expense of both Warner Brothers and myself you hadn’t written a single word of a script or even an outline after 15 months of research, meetings, discussions and the outpouring of my heartfelt vision for this story. I did react more strongly than I should have. I promptly sent you a written apology, the colorful words of which you apparently now find offensive. Let me now clearly apologize to you and your family in the simplest of terms.
Contrary to your assertion that I was only developing Maccabees to burnish my tarnished reputation, I have been working on this project for over 10 years and it was publicly announced 8 years ago. I absolutely want to make this movie; it’s just that neither Warner Brothers nor I want to make this movie based on your script.
Honestly, Joe, not only was the script delivered later than you promised, both Warner Brothers 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.
Did he miss the entire saga which was aired out on time released tapes that sounded like Hitler being exorcized from a rabid gorilla? I think his first clue that Mel never intended to make the movie was the fact that he hired the guy who wrote ‘Showgirls.’