After being attacked for “hating Jews”, Mel Gibson defended himself by firing back at screenwriter Joe Eszterhas’ anti-Semitic accusations. According to Reuters, the director of “The Passion of Christ” claims that Eszterhas’ declarations are “utter fabrications”.
Mel Gibson and Joe Eszterhas have been working in the past years for the production of the new Jewish-inspired movie, “The Maccabees”. Their dispute started when Warner Bros. rejected the project of the film because the actor blamed Eszterhas for the failure. In his opinion, the entertainment company did not like the script, so they chose to put the project on hold for an undetermined period of time.
Joe Eszterhas drew the media’s attention with the nine-page letter he addressed to the 56-year-old actor saying that he only wanted to make “The Maccabees” in order to prove people that he is not anti-Semite. He further stated that the actor never intended to finish the film because he hates Jews and mentioned all the racist remarks that the “What Women Want” star made in relation to Jews. According to Eszterhas, Gibson always used the terms “Hebes”, “oven-dodgers” and “Jewboys” to name Hebrew people.
Mel Gibson was very upset by his screenwriter’s remarks. He told reporters that the letter is full of “utter fabrications” and insisted that the script was the reason why Warner Bros. rejected “The Maccabees”. To justify his declarations, the actor added that Warner Bros. described the script as “lacking a sense of triumph”. He concluded that he wouldn’t have invested 10 years in the movie if he hadn’t planned to release it.
The only party that could settle the dispute between the two is Warner Bros., but the company didn’t say anything about “The Maccabees” project except the fact that it is not triumphant enough. Joe Eszterhas, who also wrote the scripts for “Basic Instinct” and “Flashdance”, is now asking Mel Gibson to give him the script for the new movie. Otherwise, the actor could take it to other companies and eventually sign an agreement for the production of the motion picture.