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Mel Gibson

I'm Making a Jewish Movie!

9/9/2011 2:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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File this under ironic and interesting ...  Mel Gibson is producing a movie that triumphs the Jewish struggle against tyranny ... a movie about the greatest Jewish hero of all time.

Mel's publicist Alan Nierob tells TMZ ... Mel is teaming up with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (right) -- who wrote the Jewish-themed movies "Betrayed" and "Music Box" -- to produce a movie about Judah Maccabee, the Jewish warrior who defeated the Greek-Syrian armies in the second century B.C.

Mel -- who famously directed the arguably anti-Jewish "Passion of the Christ" in 2004 -- has signed on with Warner Bros., which won out over several other studios that wanted the project.

Nierob says Gibson has been working on the Maccabee project for a decade, but now it's about to become real.

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1.

Abe    

You love stirring up the dog doo-doo, don't you Harvey.

There is nothing wrong with Mel Gibson playing a Jew.

Nothing.

x

1142 days ago
2.

David    

Oy Vey!

1142 days ago
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Marty    

I wanna change my image too. Ha ha ha ha ha. Doesn't work Mel.

1142 days ago
4.

BetterThanYou    

Apparently, Mel hates Greeks and Syrians even more than he hates Jews.

1142 days ago
5.

RonBurgundy    

Will he be abusing people on the set?

He will if he doesn't get blown before the hot tub...

The guy belongs in a maximum security facility.

His image is so tarnished, only Tiger Woods has lost more value than this loser.

1142 days ago
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Marty    

"Joe Eszterhas" AKA Eddie Munster?

1142 days ago
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Confused    

I think it will a great movie---all of you that had a problem with "The Passion of Christ", you are nothing!!

1142 days ago
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kathleen    

harvey--you and tmz have officially jumped the shark. how was the passion of the Christ anti-Jew if Jesus was a Jew? You're all out of your minds and willing to disguise the truth in your desire to stir up trouble. Your bias against Mel is very clear in this story.

1142 days ago
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Cujeaux    

Maccawho? Sounds irish to me.

Well, I guess desperate times call for desperate measures.

1142 days ago
10.

CarolynAB    

Uh, anything can be argued. Anything.
But the campaign against "The Passion" pretty much flopped because viewers concluded that this was not an overtly anti-Jewish movie.
Is Mel Gibson a bigot? Yes. Blame his daddy for that. He indoctrinated his children, and try as Mel did to resist the hatred, he ultimately couldn't.
But, c'mon, TMZ. Stop insisting "The Passion of the Christ" was "arguably anti-Jewish." That was not its message or its subtext.

1142 days ago
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static    

How can Passion of the Christ be anti-Jewish when ths main character IS Jewish and is celebrated as a hero?

1142 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

They are both talented guys - I'm sure it will be a good movie no matter how it does at the box office.

1142 days ago
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wasted days and wasted nights    

The Passion of the Christ was about Jesus and the sacrifice of His life on this planet so that we--Jew and Gentile--could be saved from the penalty of our sins through Him. That seems to me to be pro-everybody.

1142 days ago
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Marilyn    

Let the natzi die.

1142 days ago
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Bad Motherhugger    

Ahh, Joe Eszterhas! The man who gave us at least two of the worst movies of all times, "Showgirls" and "Burn Hollywood Burn". The man who made Sharon Stone the star of "Basic Instinct" in exchange for some extended ******** sessions, allegedly. A true all-around class act in classic Hollywood style.


And then there's Mel...

1142 days ago
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