Famous Hollywood actor-director Mel Gibson is in Jewish boxing arena once again. However, this time Mel is being punched for Jewish Warner Bros. which has shelved Gibson’s movie about Jewish hero, Judah Maccabee under pressure from various angry Jewish groups.
After Warner Brothers announcement, Hungarian-born Joe Eszterhas, the Hollywood screenwriter, who spent more than a year working with Gibson on the movie project – wrote a nine-page letter to Mel Gibson charging him for hating Jews. Some of Gibson’s quotes about Jews are old history but others are claimed as Eszterhas’ utter fabrications by Mel Gibson.
According to The WRAP, Eszterhas delivered the script in late February. However, Warner production president Greg Silverman described it as lacking in “feeling” and “a sense of triumph”. But Eszterhas has claimed that Gibson never planned to make the movie, and was using him to deflect Gibson’s anti-Semitic reputation.
Gibson responded in a letter to Eszterhas, saying: “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“.
Last year, Mel Gibson and Warner Bros. announced their plan to produce a movie based on the life of Jewish religious icon Judah Maccabee. It was Gibson’s way of pleasing his Jewish critics for producing controversial 2004 movie, The Passion of Christ, based on biblical story of Christ’s Crucification at the hands of Jews. However, Jewish leaders were in no mood to let Gibson anything to do with Judaism. Both Abraham Foxman of ADL and Rabbi Marvin Hier of Los Angeles’s Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance slammed Gibson for the planned movie.
Abraham Foxman, national director ADL in a statement issued on April 12 – called Mel Gibson “a serial offender, a serial hater, and a serial bigot”. He also speculated that Gibson’s anti-Jewish animus “was carefully taught” to him by his father, Hutton Gibson, a well-known Holocaust denier in his own right.
Mybe, Abe Foxman doesn’t like to admit that in 1990, the US Department of Justice had investigated Eszterhas’ father for authoring anti-Jewish propaganda in Hungary during 1930s and early 1940s.
In an interview by Andrew Goldman, published by the New York Times (February 2, 2012) – Eszterhas admitted that Gibson’s ‘The Passion of Christ‘ was not anti-Semitic and that he loved the movie.
Both Joe Eszterhas and Mel Gibson are Roman Catholic. Gibson has built a beautiful 17-acre church in the Agoura Hills. However, according to Zionist website, Adam Holland (July 14, 2010) - Agoura Hills’ former priest, Father Louis Cambell, also hates Jews. In one of his earlier sermons, Father Cambell had claimed that the Crucification of Christ was “the true Holocaust and one defining moment in human history, the Jewish Holocaust cannot be the unique event they claim to be.” Father Cambell, in the sermon, also slammed Pope John Paul II and the New Vatican for “accepting the myth of Holocaust, thus denying the uniqueness and efficacy of the sacrifice of Christ“.