Update: Mel Gibson to produce movie about Jewish icon
September 9th, 2011
02:50 PM ET

Update: Mel Gibson to produce movie about Jewish icon

For his next project, Mel Gibson is setting his sights on a film about a Jewish hero, according to Deadline.

The embattled actor, who's come under fire for making anti-Semitic remarks, has teamed up with Warner Bros. to create a movie about Judah Maccabee, a famed warrior in Jewish history. (Warner Bros. is owned by the same parent company as CNN.)

Gibson is set to produce the film through his Icon Productions company, and will decide on whether to direct the feature after the script is completed. Joe Eszterhas ("Basic Instinct," "Showgirls") is attached to pen the script, which, according to Deadline, will also have input from Gibson.

Update, 2:47 p.m.: A rep for Gibson tells CNN that "there are no plans at this stage for Mel to be in the film. He is way too old to play the lead character."

The rep adds that the "finished script will determine whether he directs or not but the studio would obviously prefer he direct than not. It's an amazing story that should be told cinematically. As you can see from 'Braveheart,' 'Passion of the Christ' and 'Apocalypto,' they are all great stories that translate beautifully on the big screen with such a visual film maker as Gibson."

The untitled film revolves around Maccabee, who, along with his father and four brothers, led a victory against the Greek-Syrian armies in the second century B.C. The historic revolt is celebrated during Hanukkah.

Reports suggest that Gibson has had his eye on this project for a while, but the news of his deal with Warner Bros. has drawn criticism.

In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, said, "Judah Maccabee deserves better. He is a hero of the Jewish people and a universal hero in the struggle for religious liberty. It would be a travesty to have his story told by one who has no respect and sensitivity for other people's religious views."

Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles tells CNN that he doesn't "know what Warner Bros. was thinking" with the move to collaborate on this project with the actor.

"I think it's quite frankly preposterous," Hier said. "Judah Maccabee is one of the greatest heroes in Jewish history. Mel Gibson is an anti-Semite. He has made anti-Semitic remarks in the past....My anger with Mel Gibson is he has never made efforts to fix his past mistakes.โ€ Hier adds that he would have no problem with Gibson becoming involved in a Maccabee movie if he'd made amends for past remarks.

In response to the critics, Gibson's rep tells CNN, "They do have the freedom of expression, which we all welcome don't we."

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soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. His wife is low end...

    but he takes. it...dont feel sorry for Mel he's a drunk

    January 8, 2014 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The nastiest drunk in Hollywood

    Look at his picture he looks looped already–what is 9am?

    January 8, 2014 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mel Gibsons biggest problem...

    He doesn't give a fk about anyone.

    January 8, 2014 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jonzy

    he suffers....leave Mel be.

    January 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Poor Mel

    drugs, alcohol, depression...lots of stuff...the poor man.

    January 8, 2014 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. larry

    so much hate. apparently mel was drunk when he made anti-semitic remarks. are all the haters here also drunk, or do you just not know any better?

    January 8, 2014 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
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  9. pow wow

    -Such as he is, Mel Gibson IS the LAST MAN standing
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    February 12, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LIP

    Mel Gibson...you rock! Seen all of your movies and you are great as an actor and more so as a director.
    Stay off the sauce; it obviously isn't good for you.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hicupper

    Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles says "He can make the movie if he kisses my butt first!"

    October 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. REVELATION2:4-5

    wanting to know more about your subject .I would love, for you to spend sometime to study on this matter.here in the BIBLE BELT of this GREAT COUNTRY that we, live in.we are down to earth people ,and no we don't cut off the heads of chickens or dance with snakes!!!! SINCERELY

    September 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lol

    I laughed

    September 12, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Maasie

    Mel Gibson is a seriously disturbed whack job. Hopefullly the days are over when we all flock to his movies.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Critic

    He can do two things. 1) Instead of making this movie he can make a $500 M donation to Israel. OR, 2) He can allocate all the proceeds from this movie to go to Israel. Then we will really understand where he stands.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Kisa Kisa

    wow, smh... no words


    September 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  17. CJ Topspin

    After this he is going to do a movie about how Anne Frank was actually a robot ninja.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  18. PJ

    Gibson just wont go away. Nobody wants to see him anymore. Besides his looks are gone.

    September 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  19. anon


    Because I bet you all are stainless little snowflakes, am I right?

    September 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Sarah

    Wow, shows how out of the loop I am. I guess all religions are subject to persecution complexes.

    It's a movie. Movies are NEVER accurate to real events, because if they were they wouldn't SELL. No need to get all defensive when EVERYONE is in the same boat as far as Hollywood Productions go. Put on your big girl panties and get over it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    September 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Will

    Marvin Heir is a JEWISH SUPREMACIST and has ABSOLUTELY NO PLACE on this site, unless you want to start interviewing David Duke and Louis Farrakhan and asking for their opinions as well. DISGUSTING.

    September 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Katie

    Somehow I'm equally distressed that Joe Eszterhas is attached to this project...

    September 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Joe Fattal

    The money must be good becaue I know that man is a Jewish hater.

    September 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      Interesting comment. Have you spoken to him? Have you sat with him or gained any insight into his personality? Notice that I haven't asked what you've seen on TV. The truth is that you don't know anything about the man so cool your tongue and watch what you say because just like you've spoken falsely, someone else can say that you are just as much of a "hater" as he is.

      September 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  24. jaime c f

    simple solution – don't watch his movies if you don't like him. eos. anything beyond that is on you.

    September 12, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Johnny

    WOW. It's amazing to read the comments on here. Umm the words used by the Jews on here are appauling. You missrepresent the Jewish community and shine a dim light on the mannerisms that make up a Jewish perspective. Before you begin your retort, think about if what you say will validate what i've just written. Your comments are overflowing with hatrid far worse than anything Mel Gibson said publically and if you were held accountable publicly, you'd be apologizing and hoping people could forgive your momentary lapse of verbal judgment. You should not be equating a comment to a genocidal murderer. Regain your self control and treat him like you'd want someone to treat you. From what has been written here, Jews and non-Jews alike are no better than one another. Full of hate and discontent and lacking the ability to rationally see what could be a positive moment for Jews. For someone who made a movie as brilliant as Braveheart and to win so many awards to even consider making a movie for the Jews is a great thing. He is using his talents to shine a positive light on Jews and i'm betting it will be a wonderful film. Forgive Mel after you forgive yourselves.

    September 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Your son is playing my meat flute

    Mel is a good man and Great actor. As for the rest of ya well, smell that -> *POOT*

    September 12, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  27. lamb

    First of all Judah Maccabee is a hero to Christians too...not just Jews.

    Second: How many films about the life of Christ or a Christian hero had heavy involvement from Jews who had at some point expressed disdain for Christians?

    I am sure most of us have said things we wish we hadn't and there are those who have substance issues that TRULY wish they had kept their big mouths shut.

    If Mr. Gibson is..as I believe...a struggling Chiristian...he is sorry for things he has done and would like to make amends. When you do something so bad publicly, you need to make amends publicly. Hopefully this is a sign he is back on track.

    September 12, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  28. just sayin


    September 12, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  29. Karl

    I'm a walking blind man. I walking into the belly of beast. I'm an idiot and i can't help it. The devil is my G()d so that is why i will be burning in the fires of hell forever. leave me alone..can't you see I'm just a shell..one big empty shell w/o a soul.

    September 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Lorel

    So...as far Mel Gibson...I can't stand what he has become as a man...he comes across as weak and pathetic.

    But...as a director he is awesome. His work is seamless. I would see another film directed by him.

    September 11, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Lorel

    @Kal – Jesus was a Jew. Google it...not hard to do. He was very active with his religion. He threw the money changers out of the temple...he was upset that they were defiling his father's house. Read your bible...that is if you have one. The bible is full of history and geneology. Believe it or not Christianty is a sect of Judaism.

    September 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  32. jb2817

    Hey obama has done more to hurt the Jewish state than Gibson could ever hope to yet no one calls hin out for it. Besides Adam Sandler already made a Jewish hero movie Don't Mess With the Zohan. Smell the foot

    September 11, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  33. FIX IN TX

    @mrskool ~ Rereading the article could be really informative for you. Mel Gibson's production company ICON Production Co. will be producing the film. After the scrpit is finished then Mel Gibson will make a decision about directing the film (the studio would really prefer that Mel Gibson direct and produce the film. As to acting –> the article clearly states that there are no plans for Mel Gibson to be in the movie, as he is, way too old to play the lead character. @EVERYONE WHO CHOSE TO BE OFFENDED: Everybody on Earth makes (or will make) mistakes ~ some more than others. To be offended is a choice not a requirement. Life is so much more peaceful and less stressful if you chose not to be offend. Life is too short to sweat the small stuff & in the end it is all small stuff. Have a great, safe weekend everyone!!!!!!!! Remember all the fallen after the attacks on this country and all those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending the great nation! God Bless the USA!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  34. Namaste

    @Raven, you hit the nail on the head. As with plastic surgery, some celebrities don't know when to quit. Time to retire Mel, you don't seem to be able to cope in public very well, unless what we are seeing now has always been the real you.

    September 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  35. @Kal

    Yes...go ahead and continue smoking what you are smoking, then go to the car, open door, put head in and slam the door.

    September 9, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • kal

      @Leave what was that another jewish answering oh , you guys are very good in spreading lies that's one of them rumers no i want smoke what you imagine that i smoke the truth shall come true sooner or later

      September 10, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  36. Herb Pexa

    To Snarky's remarks: sorry jewish people, hire me again......... luky Mel, he does not have to wait untill a Jew hires him.
    He can stand on his own feet, all the power to him.

    September 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  37. shevay

    Simply AMAZING!!!!!! I see a lot of selective amnesia in these blogs. Mr Gibson won accolades for THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST. No one called him an anti semite then. HAVE U ALL FORGOTTEN? JESUS WAS A JEW!

    September 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • kal

      are you f****** kidding me where did that come from JESUS IS A JEW " so jews are trying to change the world history and you wanna change the DNA of jesus christ whatta , you must be a jew.. one day the people of the America will wake up and see the real jew's and what they do from crimes and lies and more around the world.

      September 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lorel

      You are absolutely correct...Jesus was a Jew...too many people don't know this. If they hear it they deny it and think we are crazy...like Kal with his reply. Mel Gibson's work is outstanding....I give the director his due.

      September 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  38. mejazzbo

    Good for you, Mel. Go for it!

    September 9, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Paul

    I would go see it I hope Mel redeems himself as opposed to adding insult to insult and injury.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  40. markus

    Am I the only one who finds this REALLY weird? Dude has gone on these bizarre anti-semitic rants more than once. His own father has pretty much confirmed the mindset in which he was raised (because the father is a BLATANT anti-semite- has stated he believes the Holocaust was a hoax, etc). This being the case, WHY are you pursuing this type of film project??? What are you going trying to prove??? Mel, you don't like Jews and Jews aren't crazy about you. Why don't you make a movie about some bigoted Australian or something?

    September 9, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Matthew Jandecka

    To the national director of the Anti-Defamation League: Hollywood in general is anti- Semite just as much as they are towards Christianity. But I say hey, give Mel a chance! After all, people say all sorts of foolish things while under the influence of alcohol which they later regret. Who knows... perhaps it will turn out to be a real good movie!

    September 9, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Malia

    Dear Mel,
    I think you'll read some of these comments. I hope mine is one of them. You craft beautifully made films. "The Passion of the Christ" gave many hope and changed lives. I believe in Jesus. I believe He can and does change hearts and lives. It is my hope that yours has been changed toward Jews. I will be keeping you in prayer. You, as are we all, dearly loved by God.

    September 9, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  43. map

    Are you kidding me...I am Catholic and I cannot believe this idiot is even thinking of making a movie about Jewish History. He is a washed up actor and a hypocrite and a drunk ...

    September 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Sam

    jewish are so dirty they need to take a shower.

    September 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Sam

    zydzi sa skorwysyny, translate that u f....k

    September 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  46. humberto

    Cnn sucks !

    September 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Ham Sammy


    "It's like Hitler deciding to make a movie about how great Jews are"

    Really?.... It's comments like that. Over and over and over again.... Jesus, no wonder people are fed up.

    September 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Presschick

      Fed up with what? Hypocrisy? He spewed vitrolic statements about jews, then sees the opportunity to make a few bucks by capitalizing on our story. Why doesn't he write Passion of the Tequila? That's where is personal experience lies.

      September 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Abraham

    Mel's doing what the Jews have always done... which is exploit any situation that will benefit them. I'm happy for Mr. Gibson doing what he's doing.

    September 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Billy Spudd

    Step up! Step up to the Kosher glory hole and repent! Proof that if you don't kiss Jewish Azz in Hollywood, you are ruined. Hollywood is the great Zionists propaganda center of the world. It wasn't bad enough that Mel portrayed himself as a 'Beaver', now he has to make a movie slobbering over a minor Jewish warrior.

    History of the Maccabbee wars – the Temple elite in Jerusalem fought continual battles against the rule of Seleucid (Greek) Persian empire. The problem for the Jewish elite was the hoi poloi of Judea and Samaria ACTUALLY LIKED the Greek way of doing things (Hellenism) and so they subverted, plotted and planned to break away from the Seleucids, otherwise Judaism would have died the death it really deserved back then.

    Their efforts which ran, roughly from about 184 BC to a bitter end (naturally) in 64 BC, resulted (eventually) in the setting up, FOR THE FIRST AND ONLY TIME, a REAL Jewish kingdom over all of Palestine. This kingdom was called the Hasmonean Kingdom. UP until this time, through out all of history there NEVER WAS A JEWISH KINGDOM OVER PALESTINE. It only existed as a minor satrapy of the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian empires in Judea and Samaria (modern day West Bank). It was only able to survive because it made a deal with Rome and it was really Rome, that kept the Seleucids (or the Ptolemys) from reconquering Palestine. In 64 BC, Rome had had enough of a Jewish kingdom and General Pompey, at the head of his legions, marched into Jerusalem and it was over. Then the temple elite started subverting, conspiring and corrupting the Roman Empire...and voila'! Christianity was born as a tool of subversion.

    September 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Presschick

    It's like Hitler deciding to make a movie about how great Jews are.

    September 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • seaghda

      Yes, because insulting someone with words is EXACTLY the same as starving and killing millions of people and performing gruesome experiments on them. Obviously he and Hitler were separated at birth they are so alike in their evil ways. Are you serious? Hitler (and his followers) MURDERED people. They didn't call them names. Last I checked name-calling does not equal murder.

      September 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Pw

    Whatever. If he had made the same remarks about Muslims or even Chinese people, Americans would have given him a free pass. Everyone has been brainwashed to believe that Jews are untouchable and beyond criticism or reproach.

    September 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Presschick

      Because WE are! No other religion (or ethnicity as uneducated morons like to refer to us) gets picked on, killed, ridiculed and short shrifted as Jews do. Don't forget that. Did anyone intentionally kill 6 million of christians this century or in modern times?

      September 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy Spudd

      @presschick, that is because no other people in the world works so hard to undermine and kick in the groin, the societies which welcome Jews in initially. It is a marvel at see how continually selective the Jewish memory is of history. There is no such things as Jewish 'History'. It is all Jewish Fantasy. You guys live in a fantasy world where no Jew, at any time (ever!) has done anything bad to anyone. For instance, you ignore that 53% of the Bolsheviks were Jewish and that the Gulag System and all the evils of Soviet Communism were set up by Jewish 'intellectuals'.

      the reason Jews are loathed is because Jews come into a society, corrupt, insult and blackmail a few high people, then weasel a few Jews into high places and then, using tribalism and nepotism, take over the profession and lock out everyone else.....and you wonder WHY DO PEOPLE HATE YOU??!

      September 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Rolph

    He should collaborate with Mel Brooks on this

    September 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Newo

    well that's just awkward

    September 9, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Jinx

    GO MEL! Do your thang man, I will watch any movie you direct, man. And mostly any movie you've acted in. I am not racist, I am not anti-semitic, whatever. Your portrayal, or ART, that you put into a film is just plain great and unique. Despite your flaws, you're truly a great filmmaking in all shapes and forms.

    September 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jinx

      Oh yeah, and Jews. If you wish to make a film about your beloved person, then go make the film yourselves. Plain and simple. Mel is simply expressing this in his own way...

      September 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Daniel

    My King is a Jew. I love the Jewish people. I'm appalled but not surprised by Gibson's anti-semitism and anti-semitism in the world at large today. That said – let the story of Judas Macabbeus be told in truth. The Chanukkah story is a good one that most people don't know (and, IMHO, SHOULD know!). Let him tell it; it will be welcome a respite from the trite, derivative stream of garbage that Hollywood is producing year in and year out.

    September 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  56. fernace

    How is it that some people can get away with any bad behavior & still have hero worshipping followers, while others do 1 bad thing & are black balled for life, forever?? I have liked Mel's movies, acting & directing talents & good looks! Now that he's proved himself to be a substance abusing, misogynistic anti-semite, he's not looking so good anymore! I get the feeling this is more about sticking it to the Hollywood Jewish community, than making amends! On the other hand, Anthony Weiner sent a few pics of his peepee, along with suggestive text, to women who were in on the game, something thousands of Americans do every day & he lost his career, reputation & any hope of political work! In France Gibson would have been fined & probationed & Weiner would be the butt of jokes, but celebrated for his bold s.e.x.uality! I kinda agree with that mindset, but also believe in freedom of speech for both men!!

    September 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Mark McGwire

    I'm still disappointed that Mel's movie "The Beaver" was actually about a hand puppet

    September 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  58. daniel r

    To the Jews does your religion not teach forgiveness?.. to the Christians same question. Not one person is perfect! People make mistakes all the time but only some try to make things right. Mr. Gibson is doing just that and there is nothing wrong with it.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Presschick

      I worked in a Christian-based company and the lesson I've been taught is Christians sin on Saturday and repent on Sunday. Step and repeat.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Pepgin

    I personally have no desire to see a movie that he is involved in.

    The battle did not take place during Hannukah. Hannukah was the result of the battle. After the temple was desecrated, the clean up began, but it was thought there was only enough oil to last a night, instead a miracle occurred and the oil lasted 8 night!

    September 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Belle1231

      Pepgin, re-read the article. It specifically states that "the historic revolt is celebrated during Hanukkah." People are just so mean and hateful these days, always looking for any excuse to spew hatefulness and cause more turmoil, rather than make an attempt to understand, have compassion and forgiveness for all the flawed humans on this planet – and that's every single one of us. Down off the soap boxes, people. Please go do a mitzvah. You'll feel better.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  60. time to turn the other cheek

    I am not sure why they are saying the hero deserves better..never heard about that bit of history before myself, and if Mel is making it, you know the movie will be quality. Say what you will but he makes excellent movies. Give the guy a break, last I checked we were all human, maybe some should practise what the preach regarding forgiveness. He has apologized and moved on, let him do so in peace.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  61. philip

    Granted, I'm not Jewish, what I find most disturbing about this isn't the fact Mel Gibson is involved but Joe Eszterhas who wrote 'Basic Instict' and 'Showgirls' is writing another movie. Somebody stop THAT guy.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elka

      I'm jewish, and that alarmed me more than Mel Gibson's name! I saw "Showgirls" listed and was a little alarmed, not going to lie!

      September 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  62. chris

    Mel gibson RULES!
    Good luck,and keep on making movies.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  63. radioactive redhead

    People need to lay off Mel Gibson...unlike Charlie Sheen he isn't publicizing his "winning" ability....the paparazzi continue the vicious cycle.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  64. BaltGeorge

    Wow! You would think Mel was making a movie to glorify Hitler or something. I am certain that most of us at one time or another have said or done things that we really regretted. Why not wait to judge the movie by it's own merit? I doubt a true anti-semite could stomach making a movie that glorifies the heritage and spirit of the Jewish race. But to be sure, I will wait 'til I have watched the film. If I walk out of the theatre having negative feelings about Jewish people, I guess most of you are right about MG.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  65. @pliny

    They might not be home from school yet. Does it help to know I feel like I need to "go" ? Lol

    September 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Phillip Bunnell

    Just when you think Mel Gibson couldn't come up with another way to totally infuriate Jews he comes up with this. Ya gotta love it.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  67. AC

    Oh stop people. Mel probably feels sorry for all the controversy and this is just a PR move for him to make amends. What would you rather him do? I mean apparently, he can't speak bad about the Jews. But since he's already a known anti-Semite, he can't tribute and respect them and make a multi-million dollar film about them OUT OF HIS OWN POCKET. Seriously, it's damned it you do, damned if you don't. Cut the man a break.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Mary Anne Landers

    A kosher "Braveheart"? There are plenty of filmmakers more suitable for this project. Mel must overcome his anger and drinking issues and get his whole life back on the right path. Then, and only then, it will be time for him to consider new film projects. The right projects, those that won't invite criticism and snarky jokes on this and other blogs.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  69. TR

    Regard Gibson's scandal's past: To paraphrase another Jewish hero, Let thoes without sin cast the first stone, or the first insult. I am part Jewish myself, I only wish him the very best. Looking forward to this amazing story about Judah Maccabee. Hang in there Mad Max.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  70. mrskool

    what a joke ! i cant think of a bigger jew hater in hollywood to play this part. maybe this is his way to make amends ? AMEN ๐Ÿ˜‰

    September 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  71. yada

    Oxymoron. Sorry. I knew that didn't look right.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  72. jason

    I think it is total bs for people to act like they have never done or said the wrong things in situations they were pushed to the brink Iยดve noticed that some act like they are always right and their ways are flawless sounds kind of facist to me like Hitler, lay off the guy

    September 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  73. yada

    Just noticed two statements regarding historical fiction. Just for the record, historical means it really happened. Fiction is made up. They're an oximoron. As far as Mel is concerned, it's hard to deny his talent. I just hope he does an excellent job and doesn't further offend the Jewish people. Or women. Or ANYONE. He definitely needs to stay off the sauce!

    September 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  74. mitchell smith

    Mel can be a buffoon for sure but who isn't these days.If the media were not so intrusive we would never know about his bad side.I can think of hundreds of others that have offended me a lot worse than Mel Gibson and I am a Jew.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  75. haroldus maximus supramus

    He is no Charlton Heston!

    September 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  76. kyle

    No one said you have to watch it you bunch of whiny ass babies...

    September 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Pliny

    Oy vey!

    I miss Traci and the 11 billionth telling of the same 'poop joke'.

    And where's portalpotty doing his 'firsty' thing? Now THERE is a man with ambition!

    September 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  78. marin

    A phony AND a hypocrite – Mel has it all.... but oh yeah – he makes good movies – THAT makes it all OK...

    September 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  79. MGF

    People in Hollywood have done a lot worse things than Mel Gibson and they're still thriving. I think all of Hollywood are hypocrites in one form or another. How many scandals, etc., have happened since Mel had his last rant? Please, it's all bullcrap – who takes this stuff seriously, anyway? It's all about making MONEY!!

    September 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  80. alecia

    Mel should sit back, lay low under the radar for a while and enjoy his family! Get out while the gettins semi good.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Daniel Troppy

    Well this should be interesting......

    September 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  82. rocky

    He has talent when it comes to historic fictional films.
    He definitely brings it.
    He definitely will have a gathering, just hope its in English, can't stand watching movies with only English translation. Just can't watch it the big screen. You want admire the sets and settings. Please, do it in English!!!

    September 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  83. gardack

    Of all the things mel should be embarassed about nothing beats the youtube video of "mel gibson caught on toilet"

    September 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |

    Paula needs to move to the Middle East since she shares the same views as they do or actually any where else
    in the world, what about the good old US, racism and hatred, especially of Jews and Muslims is in the norm.
    Ya really gotta feel sorry for people like Paula.

    September 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maxwell Madison

      What about the neverending bashing of the Christians? How is that any different than than bashing Jews or Muslims or even Gays and Blacks? Its not, but we all bash Christians and it seems to be ok to do so. I'm sick of seeing so many hypocrites.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Maddened Maxwell

    ... starring John Galliano.

    September 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Tom Jones

    He's back! ๐Ÿ™‚

    And if anyone complaining can do historical fiction better, step up or STFU, thank you very much.

    Your friends at the Peanut Gallery

    September 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Tim

    Paula, Did you really write that??? You are living proof that racism still exists. My only prayer is that you don't or have no childern!!!

    September 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I read her comment, its really not racist at all. She was just stating the obvious. I didn't see anywhere in her comment that insights any hatred at all. Seems to me its you who is perpetuating the hate. Oh yah, your last sentence is a bit redundant.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Confused @ Mike

      @Mike – Are you sure you read the right post by *Paula Greenleaf*? You might want to read it just a few more times. Not only is she making derogatory comments about Jewish people regarding swindling people out of money but she also uses the offensive/disparaging term of "goyim" to make her point. And you might want to look it up. It is a term used by the Jewish population regarding us "nonJjewish gentiles"..

      September 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corp

      I read it, and I have been with Jews while they discussed if goyim were given souls by god. Paulas statement is not racist. It is an observation of a group of individuals she works with.

      September 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • hhhmm.. interesting

      Apparently Mike and Corp are either the same person as Paula or they are friends of the poster... When you make statements that are used as racist and derogatory by others regarding assuming that all Jewish folk are swindlers and such, regardless of whether you work with them or not, its still racist...

      September 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  88. flyonthewall

    Mel needs to just leave the "religion" thing alone and go blow up some toilets!

    September 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  89. m tags

    Unless mel somehow miraculously was not an anti-semite, it is disgraceful that he produces or acts in a movie about a famed jewish hero

    September 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  90. xdougx

    Wow. The hollywood Jews have made him their little biotch.

    September 9, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • waldo

      Lets blame the jews – thats a new approach. They probably also got him drunk and had him followed and made him curse and hit his knocked up girlfirend – who he knocked up while still married. He is soooooo innocent and "jewish hollywood" (?) is sooo evil. And yo'ure not on crack!

      September 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |

    Please, what does this idiot know about jews.
    He needs to be put in a nut house, on another planet.

    September 9, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • moon627

      DITTO ! Of all the people to portray a jewish hero you couldnt make a bigger blunder than to choose this anti-semite ... give me a break !

      September 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • marilyn

      I had hoped this was a joke or maybe a leak to 'test the waters', but I really hope it doesn't come to pass. At one time he was my favourite actor but the anti-semtic rants from him AND his father have given me a distaste for him and his movies. I don't want to give my $ to someone who obviously despises what I am.

      September 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rory

      That is possibly the least logical (and dumbest) thing ever said. Since he is not Jewish he can not do a movie about a person who was? Does that mean any movie not about Jews should not be directed by one who is? It kind of limits Spielberg, Abrams, Abrahams, Cohen brothers, Richard Donner (what has he said about Mel?), Bryan Singer, the Reiners, Christopher Guest...the list is endless.
      That would severely limit Hollywood's output and let's not get started on the script writers! Of course Woody Allen and Mel Brooks could keep working. ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Boru

    God Lord – let's just hope he doesn't rewrite history the way he did with William Wallace who's probably still spinning in his grave over the movie's depiction of his life. Just say no Mel and back away – not one you can win Buddy.

    September 9, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  93. Jay

    Everyone deserves a second chance I've always liked he movies I wish him the best in the near future

    September 9, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Lydia

      Yes, everyone does. IF they are genuine. And, I have a hard time buying it. Sorry.

      September 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evel Knievel

      Your man just needs to promote a little more discipline around your house, @Lydia, and you won't have trouble believing it anymore.

      September 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crenshaw Melons

      When he wants to do a movie about super hero Martin Luther King we'll know for sure its all for show. Personally, I think he's a fraud, like his father Adolph Gibson.

      September 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      "Fool me once shame on you, fool me seven or more times, shame on me." Amy Wong

      September 12, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  94. KajinPL

    Well, as long as he tries to make amends for his past rants. I've always liked the guy. You never make the best of choices under the influence that's for sure.

    September 9, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  95. Dtd

    I bet his next movie will feature a Russian model who is in an abusive relationship, she will be a heroine for all women

    September 9, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  96. ~Slightly * Scandalous~

    I always liked him. Yes he did acted crazy and said some f***ed up sh!t but.. I said, say and do some pretty awful things myself without thinking at times which I'm glad people forgive me for it. I hope he learned from his mistakes and it would be nice to see him get back on track.

    September 9, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • comeon


      September 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dillinger

      You act like this happened once, it's happened multiple times, why he's going after this project is ridiculous, we all know how he feels. Producing and maybe directing a movie about a 'JEWISH' icon is not going to change our minds.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • barney

      @dillinger. there really isn't anything he could say or do that would change your mind is there?

      September 12, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Jebus H. Christ, Esq.

    Well, pluck me bald and call me breezy.

    September 9, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  98. raven

    And they could hire actors from the Aryan Brotherhood to star in it. jeez...could Mel BE any more of a hypocrite ??

    September 9, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Eisen Eisenseisen

      Perhaps, just perhaps he cares to "make amends" for past behavior.

      September 9, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • BPow

      Well said, Eisen.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snarky

      Lol, this should be called "I'm sorry Jewish people, please hire me again: The Movie", because lets not act like thats not exactly what this is.

      September 9, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loretta

      Lets be honest, if we excluded all anti semitic movie makers or even political leaders, there would never be anything made. MOst of america is anti semitic and anything different. Even the blacks and latinos learned to hate the jews from the religious right and the born agains! Jews are always blamed regardless.

      September 9, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • g-man

      I hope no one sees this movie. All it will be is putting more money in the pocket of a horrible human being.

      September 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • kal

      what if that movie is about arabs and he wants to show the bad people of arabs you will probebly love to see that who's the hypocrate now , or you are probebly a jew that's why you don't like the talent that this man had to offer.

      September 9, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • peick

      Wow, Loretta. It's hard to know how to respond to a statement like the one you made about latinos and blacks learning to hate Jews from the religious right. Do you have any knowledge behind those claims? Go talk to an orthodox Jew sometime. You will find that evangelical Christians are about the only friend they have politically. Amazing, your ignorance. But it seems like in our culture if you take a position against the Christian right, you are automatically considered an intellectual.

      September 10, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • zz

      Loretta, MOST AMERICA? Your statement makes you sound just as bad as Mel Gibson.

      September 12, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • the critic

      This guy has not changed. If he is given the opportunity he will just laugh to the bank again and laugh at everyone else. It is not that easy to change that much hate. He is bigot and he knows it and we know it too. A trick at best. Don't be fooled.

      September 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I am of Jewish decent. Gibson is an artist who said some horrid things when he was drunk. Real anti-semites say horrid thing when they are sober, something Gibson does not do. His art trancends a few drunken statements.

      September 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ficheye

      Free Mel Gibson. He's paid his dues. Let him atone and move on.

      There are people in this world who would love to be forgiven if they did something wrong. But they are unwilling to forgive Mel. A sad state of affairs.

      October 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |

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