Years ago, around the time of Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson discussed wanting to make a movie about historic Jewish hero Judah Maccabee.
Even back then, the Jewish community wasn’t having it. And keep in mind, that was before his whole sh-t faced anti-Semitic rant.
But somehow, despite his downward spiral into the ranks of most hated man in Hollywood, Warner Bros. has decided to help Gibson get this flick of the ground.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
“Warner Bros. is joining forces with Mel Gibson to develop a movie about the Jewish hero Judah Maccabee, and Basic Instinct screenwriter Joe Eszterhas has come aboard to write the screenplay. Gibson will produce through his Icon Productions and will decide whether he’ll act in or direct the film...”
I’m guessing not acting. I’m guessing keep yourself away from the camera as much as possible, if you’re going to have anything to do with movie this at all.
Maccabee is considered one of the great warriors in Jewish history, as he led a revolt that seized Jerusalem, an event remembered by the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. So I guess the Jewish community is worried about what this story will turn into in the hands of someone who has said, “the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”
You know, just a little worried. Abe Foxman, head of the Anti Defamation League, told The Hollywood Reporter:
“It would be a travesty to have [Judah Maccabee's] story told by one who has no respect and sensitivity for other people’s religious views."
Rabbi Marvin Heir of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance added:
“Casting [Gibson] as a director or perhaps as the star of Judah Maccabee is like casting Madoff to be the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, or a white supremacist as trying to portray Martin Luther King Jr...It's a complete misfit for the role of Judah Maccabee, one of the greatest Jewish heroes in all of history to be portrayed by someone who has shown nothing but antagonism and anti-Semitism toward Jews."
Sure, maybe he’s changed his ways or whatever, but this is just a bad idea. Surely there’s someone else in Hollywood who can tackle this story. It’s a little too late for Mel to try to redeem himself. And just for fun, here are some other unbelievably ridiculous Mel Gibson quotes:
"What do you think you're looking at, sugar tits?”
“I own Malibu… I am going to f-ck you."
“I want to kill his dog.”
And those are the mildest ones.