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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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Heidi    

Good for Mel, at least it isn't a Christian bashing, military bashing, USA bashing movie.. Look how well those do nowadays..

1143 days ago
182.

THE BEAVER    

How can The Passion Of The Christ be an anti-Jew movie, when Jesus himself was a Jew? Maybe people should read more of the Bible than to say things like this and make a total fool and/or idiot out of themselves.

1143 days ago
183.

andrew    

Good for him, there is nothing wrong with doing the movie. Sometime in almost everyones life people make racial remarks, then later regret it. He has every right to do the movie and if you dont like it, don*****ch it.

1143 days ago
184.

Rabbitt    

Excuse me but if you think the Passion of the Christ was anti-Jewish you need to take that up with JOHN THE APOSTLE! Since he's the one who WROTE IT! Seriously, have you ever watched the movie? Do you not realize it is a direct depiction of the Bible, dialogue and all? Oh, and by the way, Jesus was a Jew and he was let's say...uhm...pretty much the hero of the movie? Seeing how he is THE LORD and all that. Now, you don't have to believe in the Bible but you should probably have at least a passing acquaintance with what is in it if you want to make a statement about it without looking like a complete nitwit. Kay, I'm done. That's my rant.

1142 days ago
185.

Peter    

I can't believe Brave Heart has turned into a Kiss Ass

1142 days ago
186.

AnotherReader    

I think as soon as the word "Jewish" popped up, I knew this was gonna cause some controversy. I'm sure people who were offended by Passion of The Christ may not see this movie.

1142 days ago
187.

zaramart-kippot    

How Mel Gibson, after accusing the Jewish
people in an abusive and rude way in his film about Jesus, has to chutzpah to think about playing the role of a Judah a Jewish hero? Shame on him. Being a hero of the Jewish people and a universal hero in the struggle for religious liberty, Judah Maccabee deserves better. It would be hypocrisy to have his story told by one who has no respect and sensitivity for other people’s religious views.

1141 days ago
188.

THE BEAVER    

zaramart-kippot: 1 day ago

How Mel Gibson, after accusing the Jewish
people in an abusive and rude way in his film about Jesus, has to chutzpah to think about playing the role of a Judah a Jewish hero? Shame on him. Being a hero of the Jewish people and a universal hero in the struggle for religious liberty, Judah Maccabee deserves better. It would be hypocrisy to have his story told by one who has no respect and sensitivity for other people’s religious views.

Why don't you go rent Howard Stern's lame azz movie, dude. This guy is far worse of a person than Mel Gibson is.

1139 days ago
189.

THE BEAVER    

I love, Mel, but this picture they have here of you, reminds me of Jack Nicholson.. The Shining. After putting up with Oksana, I can see ya looking this way. LOL

1135 days ago
190.

jeanie    

Too bad Hell Gibson can't turn back time...he'd probably want to play the part of GOD! Sure he has some talent but there ARE talented people who aren't raised to be BULLIES! He so reminds me of the German pop.in WW2.If "****ler" wouln't have killed so many different races,relgions, and color, the Germans would've done it themselves.

1125 days ago
191.

jeanie    

Hell Gibson involved in ANYTHING JEWISH would be like Sara Palin working at an abortion clinic! These two guys are TWO FRIES SHORT OF A HAPPY MEAL!!!!!!!

1117 days ago
192.

SSP    

Passion was 100% anti-Semitic but a Christian wouldn't get that of course. We have caricatures of Jews, as if Jesus is a lost gentile among them, we have visions borrowed from Saint Theresa somebody, etc., and Christians are seemingly unable to realize that Christians are 100% responsible for the Holocaust because of the New Testament being anti-Jewish. But Passion is not even kosher with the NT. So wait and see. This next movie will slip something in too. But why haven't Jews produced movies for Jewish subjects? Why the hell do we have to have Christians involved at all? It's like Hitler leading a seder.

1009 days ago
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