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Unexpected: Mel Gibson wants to make a movie about a Jewish hero

09.08.2011

You might remember that before Mel Gibson's recent infamy over vicious voice-mails (and after he made a whole bunch of awesome movies), he gained a reputation for being anti-Semitic thanks to a drunken rant (and, depending on your perspective, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST).

Perhaps as some sort of penance or counterbalance, Gibson is planning to make a drama about Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee. In the second century B.C.E., Maccabee led the Jewish revolt against the Greek-Syrians (a success now celebrated by the Hanukkah festival).

Gibson is producing (through his Icon company) and potentially directing the Warner Bros. story, described as "a close cousin" to BRAVEHEART's famous freedom fighter William Wallace.

As you might expect given such sexy subject matter, Gibson is teaming with BASIC INSTINCT and SHOWGIRLS screenwriter Joe Ezsterhas on the project.

Extra Tidbit: Still pretty bummed they're actually trying to make another MAD MAX without Mel.
Source: Deadline

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3:22PM on 09/10/2011

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I heard right after he's gonna produce a Gloria Steinem biopic ;)
Seriously dude, learn when to walk away. Regardless how good it turns out, the whole world's gonna receive this with knives out.
I heard right after he's gonna produce a Gloria Steinem biopic ;)
Seriously dude, learn when to walk away. Regardless how good it turns out, the whole world's gonna receive this with knives out.
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12:52PM on 09/09/2011

Who loved Apocalypto? I did

Really underrated movie. This could be sweet, Mel seems to have to have a knack for historical epic. Hope he directs.
Really underrated movie. This could be sweet, Mel seems to have to have a knack for historical epic. Hope he directs.
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10:38AM on 09/09/2011
Joe Eszterhaus is a questionable choice for this. I understand he actually wrote a few decent scripts in his early career.

But I'm all for this in general. I know it's a PR thing as much as anything else, but Gibson is a man with many complicated little pieces to his personality, his father, his drinking, his religion, his relationships. If anything he's like so many people, only his demons are stamped all over the cover of tabloids, and other peoples' aren't.
Joe Eszterhaus is a questionable choice for this. I understand he actually wrote a few decent scripts in his early career.

But I'm all for this in general. I know it's a PR thing as much as anything else, but Gibson is a man with many complicated little pieces to his personality, his father, his drinking, his religion, his relationships. If anything he's like so many people, only his demons are stamped all over the cover of tabloids, and other peoples' aren't.
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8:12AM on 09/09/2011

SHOWGIRLS?!!?

You really want a guy who is horrible with dialog to write a movie about this subject??

I swear I will walk out if someone says "everybody got JEWS and shit."
You really want a guy who is horrible with dialog to write a movie about this subject??

I swear I will walk out if someone says "everybody got JEWS and shit."
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8:02AM on 09/09/2011

extra tidbit: no doubt!!

I'm all for it. I hope he directs it too. He really is a great director, and all his films so far have been pretty good. I wonder if he will be starring in it?
I'm all for it. I hope he directs it too. He really is a great director, and all his films so far have been pretty good. I wonder if he will be starring in it?
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7:11AM on 09/09/2011
Gibson was not so bad in The Beaver. I hope he can redeem himself as well.
Gibson was not so bad in The Beaver. I hope he can redeem himself as well.
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6:36AM on 09/09/2011
I miss old Mel like anyone, but do I really think think he is going to make something at this time that compares to what he has already done? No.
Anything he does at this point will only serve to cause debate over who will and won't work with him.

You can give all the thumbs down you want, but Mel ain't coming back. He needs to keep a low profile, stay out of relationships and off the roads and drink himself into oblivion.
I miss old Mel like anyone, but do I really think think he is going to make something at this time that compares to what he has already done? No.
Anything he does at this point will only serve to cause debate over who will and won't work with him.

You can give all the thumbs down you want, but Mel ain't coming back. He needs to keep a low profile, stay out of relationships and off the roads and drink himself into oblivion.
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5:58AM on 09/09/2011
Whatever is happening in his life is of no care here, he makes damn good movies, Apocalypto is one of the last decades best.
Whatever is happening in his life is of no care here, he makes damn good movies, Apocalypto is one of the last decades best.
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4:37AM on 09/09/2011
Right: Pre-nutcase Gibson was simply awesome, Passion even had it's moments and being Scottish Braveheart, although not really accurate, was great. I know he's been a complete tool over the past few years and clearly needed or needs help but as a film maker he knows his stuff.

I really want the old Mel back producing great films but it still chews on my brain how fucking stupid he was.
Right: Pre-nutcase Gibson was simply awesome, Passion even had it's moments and being Scottish Braveheart, although not really accurate, was great. I know he's been a complete tool over the past few years and clearly needed or needs help but as a film maker he knows his stuff.

I really want the old Mel back producing great films but it still chews on my brain how fucking stupid he was.
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3:13AM on 09/09/2011
He should do it and redeem himself. He clearly had a alcohol problem (and perhaps something else in combination), and he should show it's behind him.
He should do it and redeem himself. He clearly had a alcohol problem (and perhaps something else in combination), and he should show it's behind him.
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3:03AM on 09/09/2011

I'm ambivalent.

As a Jew, Mel Gibson can go fuck himself for his clearly anti-semitic views. As a movie goer, Mel Gibson can go fuck himself for that overly self indulgent snooze fest known as the Passion. As a Jew and a film goer, the Maccabee story would make for a kick ass film and Mel Gibson is one of hell of a film maker so I think he'd knock it out of the park. How to feel, how to feel...
As a Jew, Mel Gibson can go fuck himself for his clearly anti-semitic views. As a movie goer, Mel Gibson can go fuck himself for that overly self indulgent snooze fest known as the Passion. As a Jew and a film goer, the Maccabee story would make for a kick ass film and Mel Gibson is one of hell of a film maker so I think he'd knock it out of the park. How to feel, how to feel...
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8:06AM on 09/09/2011
In my opinion anyone who can make a whole movie where the characters only speak a DEAD language (talking about the passion movie) is awesome in my book!!
In my opinion anyone who can make a whole movie where the characters only speak a DEAD language (talking about the passion movie) is awesome in my book!!
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1:41AM on 09/09/2011
I hope they cast someone really Jewy-looking like Dustin Hoffman or Jason Schwartman, and give him a New York Jew accent.
I hope they cast someone really Jewy-looking like Dustin Hoffman or Jason Schwartman, and give him a New York Jew accent.
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1:01AM on 09/09/2011
So his way of apologizing for saying 'jews are responsible for all wars' is to make a movie about a jewish guy who started a war?

Sorry, couldn't resist. :P

Though yeah, in all seriousness, I'd have been more impressed had he made a movie about a Jewish hero from AFTER Christ. Since even Nazis embrace the Old Testament Jews.
So his way of apologizing for saying 'jews are responsible for all wars' is to make a movie about a jewish guy who started a war?

Sorry, couldn't resist. :P

Though yeah, in all seriousness, I'd have been more impressed had he made a movie about a Jewish hero from AFTER Christ. Since even Nazis embrace the Old Testament Jews.
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12:50AM on 09/09/2011
I haven't been interested in Mel since his outbursts, but I would probably go to see this. I have always believed that the story of Hanukkah deserved an epic film, and Mel knows how to create the right kind of picture this kind of story demands. So, yeah, I'd be down for this.
I haven't been interested in Mel since his outbursts, but I would probably go to see this. I have always believed that the story of Hanukkah deserved an epic film, and Mel knows how to create the right kind of picture this kind of story demands. So, yeah, I'd be down for this.
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12:16AM on 09/09/2011

"You call these bagels?"

The first thing i thought of when i read "Mel Gibson making Jewish Hero" is the GI JEW joke from family guy. I'd watch a GI JEW movie but the best Jewish hero in movies is either the Basterds or Hebrew Hammer
The first thing i thought of when i read "Mel Gibson making Jewish Hero" is the GI JEW joke from family guy. I'd watch a GI JEW movie but the best Jewish hero in movies is either the Basterds or Hebrew Hammer
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12:13AM on 09/09/2011

I quote Trey Park and Matt Stone . . .

"Say what you like about Mel Gibson, but he certainly knows story structure!"

I've been hearing about Mel Gibson making this flick back when The Passion of the Christ was in theatres, so I'll believe it when I see it. However, crazy Mel is, the guy makes damn good movies so I'll give it a shot. Joe (Showgirls) Ezsterhas, I'm not so crazy about.
"Say what you like about Mel Gibson, but he certainly knows story structure!"

I've been hearing about Mel Gibson making this flick back when The Passion of the Christ was in theatres, so I'll believe it when I see it. However, crazy Mel is, the guy makes damn good movies so I'll give it a shot. Joe (Showgirls) Ezsterhas, I'm not so crazy about.
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12:01AM on 09/09/2011
"depending on your perspective, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST)."
He has nothing to apologize over concerning Passion.
"depending on your perspective, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST)."
He has nothing to apologize over concerning Passion.
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11:43PM on 09/08/2011

LMFAO...

Seriously. I'm a jew. Is this your way of saying sorry mel make a movie about a jewish hero. How nice of you.
Seriously. I'm a jew. Is this your way of saying sorry mel make a movie about a jewish hero. How nice of you.
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11:27PM on 09/08/2011

A Jewish Hero...

Based on the title alone: we already had a Jewish hero, called the Hebrew Hammer. :P
Based on the title alone: we already had a Jewish hero, called the Hebrew Hammer. :P
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11:13PM on 09/08/2011
This sounds like Mel doing some damage control..but who cares as long as he's still working.

Tidbit: same..but I bet Tom Hardy will knock it out of the park.
This sounds like Mel doing some damage control..but who cares as long as he's still working.

Tidbit: same..but I bet Tom Hardy will knock it out of the park.
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10:59PM on 09/08/2011
As a fan of Apocalypto I look forward to this. I fully expect a very authentic looking (and ancient language-spoken) action flick.

Fuck the haters.
As a fan of Apocalypto I look forward to this. I fully expect a very authentic looking (and ancient language-spoken) action flick.

Fuck the haters.
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10:58PM on 09/08/2011
Today, we spell redemption M.E.L. but not really...

Hopefully this will be a return to form for him
Today, we spell redemption M.E.L. but not really...

Hopefully this will be a return to form for him
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