The Jewish community’s least favorite actor and director, Mel Gibson, is teaming up with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (“Basic Instinct,” “Showgirls”) for a film on the Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee.
Deadline.com reports the film on the Chanukah hero and his revolting bros will be produced through Gibson’s Icon Productions, and Mel has the first option to direct. Word has it Mel has long wanted to make this film, even before annoying Jews with his “The Passion Of The Christ” and his infamous drunken anti-Semitic rant during a 2006 Malibu arrest.
Not surprisingly, Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement objecting to Gibson’s involvement in the film: “It would be a travesty to have the story of the Maccabees told by one who has no respect and sensitivity for other people’s religious views.”
Could this be Mad Mel’s way of saying he’s sorry to the Jewish people? Or just a way to tell a cool “Braveheart”-like story and make a buck? Our money’s on the latter.