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Jewish org. not happy about Mel Gibson Maccabeus project

The Anti-Defamation League has contacted Warner Brothers asking them to rethink Gibson's involvement in the Jewish hero film.
By: Ashley Baylen
Published: September 9th, 2011 in Culture » Film » News
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Many people are wondering what Warner Brothers is thinking. According to Deadline, Mel Gibson is scheduled to produce a film adaption of the Judas Maccabeus story.

I’m sure you all remember Gibson’s drunken rant back in 2006 when he essentially blamed Jews for the world’s wars. Many of his friends, including The Beaver co-star Jodie Foster, have stated that the actor is not Anti-Semitic and the words were merely the ramblings of a thoroughly inebriated man. Perhaps this is the case (I know I’ve said some things that I regretted after a mickey of vodka), but I’m still not convinced he’s the right choice to produce a movie featuring the man responsible for leading the Jewish revolt against the Greek-Syrian armies; a victory celebrated to this day every year (Chanukah).

The untitled project has apparently been in development for over ten years. Gibson and his production company, Icon Productions, are collaborating with Joe Eszterhas (Lethal Weapon, Basic Instinct). Gibson plans to produce, direct, and star in the film with Eszteras writing the script.

The Anti-Defamation League is not happy with Gibson’s involvement in this project. They have been in contact with Warner Brothers to ask them to “reconsider Gibson’s involvement in this project.” The organization also said “As a hero of the Jewish people and a universal hero in the struggle for religious liberty, Judah Maccabeus deserves better.”

TMZ also spoke with Rabbi Marvin Hier -- founder and Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center -- who explained that having Mel Gibson work on a movie about a Jewish hero is "like having a white supremacist portray Martin Luther King Jr."

Related articles: Mel Gibson, Judas Maccabeus, Warner Brothers, Anti-Semite, Holocaust, Joe Eszterhas, Basic Instinct, Leathal Weapon, The Beaver, Jodie Foster
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