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Mel Gibson

Why I Want to Make A

Jewish Hero Movie

9/10/2011 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Mel Gibson has a passion for the story of Judah Maccabee, one of the greatest Jewish heroes of all time, but is not doing the movie as an act of contrition.

Sources very close to Mel tell TMZ ... Gibson does not feel the need to bridge a gap between himself and the Jewish community, because he doesn't believe a gap exists.  They say Mel is adamant -- he does not hate Jews, noting that his lawyers are Jewish, his publicist is Jewish, and he has many Jewish friends and employees.

As for Mel's anti-Semitic rant during his 2006 DUI arrest, Mel has written two public letters of apology and also met with numerous leaders in the Jewish community to discuss where he went wrong.

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As for the movie, Mel has wanted to produce it for a decade, telling our sources it's actually a statement against corruption in the church.  Mel believes Maccabee's story parallels the modern church, and he thinks the movie will help force change.

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HumanNature    

MEL


DO THE MOVIE!!!!

1076 days ago
2.

Claus    

Enough of this bible crap already. 2011 and the majority of people are still stuck in the stone age. 2011!!!

1076 days ago
3.

ohreally    

wow, YES!!! I read the Maccabee's books earlier today and was amazed at how the corruption that existed back then has so many striking parallels to the crisis in the Catholic Church today.
I hope and pray this movie will be the catalyst Mel wants it to be!

1076 days ago
4.

kcl    

Can you spell LOSER? He is a hateful bigot, and has proven that to be fact time after time. He is only being disrespectful to Jews, even after being disrespectful of his Catholicism by breaking his own vows. He doesn't fool anyone but himself, and needs to bury his head further into the sand of Hollywood's elite Malibu sand.

1076 days ago
5.

Damon    

What's in the well - comes up in the pail!

Those moments were real and came from within him!

He can feel how he wants, but a Jewish studio greenlighting "money" for him on this project is absurd!

1075 days ago
6.

D    

Wasted time and money.

1075 days ago
7.

Mark Nelson    

No gap between the Jewish community and Mel Gibson? Bull****! As a Jewish-American fan of film (many Gibson flicks included), I can confirm for him that I (and my very large extended family and network of friends)have refused to view or pay to view his past and future work since 2002. Mr. Gibson will never get my movie-going dollars because he is truly an enemy of my people. Is that enough of a confirmation for you Mel?

1075 days ago
8.

Observer    

I say go Mel!
And the 'concerned' Jews, I bet Mel does a Great job with that film. You'll be glad he did it.

Think what you want yet you can't deny he's a very talented film maker. Plus it's his, anyone's right to make what they want.

1075 days ago
9.

Bubba    

I think Mel needs to update the story up a bit to attract younger viewers. Somethin like "Gangsta Jew" or "Rabbi Rapper" would bring really 'em in.

1075 days ago
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The Real JJ    

As much as you want to hate Mel hes still a good movie director and actor.

1075 days ago
11.

love your bracelet    

Its an unfortunate situation that Mr.Gibson got himself into, and I do not agree with his drunken ramblings.But, all these people attacking him need to ask themselves/ look internally and see if they themselves have ever thought/spoeken nasty thoughts towards someone else...if so SHUT UP. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but WORDS WILL NEVER HURT ME" The only real harm that Gibson has inflicted is towards his family members and exwives/ ex-girlfriends and the potential to harm when he was DRIVING DRUNK. GET OVER IT, MOVE FORWARD.

1075 days ago
12.

some guy    

Get a cir***cision and maybe I'll think Mel is sincere.

1075 days ago
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What You Really Want To See    

Mark Nelson: 44 minutes ago
No gap between the Jewish community and Mel Gibson? Bull****! As a Jewish-American fan of film (many Gibson flicks included), I can confirm for him that I (and my very large extended family and network of friends)have refused to view or pay to view his past and future work since 2002. Mr. Gibson will never get my movie-going dollars because he is truly an enemy of my people. Is that enough of a confirmation for you Mel?
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I don't think he was after your confirmation, but thanks for sharing. 'Enemy of my people'? Who the **** are you... Moses?

1075 days ago
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Mae White    

Don't believe this douchebag's lies.

Once an anti Semitic, anti women pig, no matter how "numerous" (how many were there actually Mel?) meetings with Jewish officials, he remains what he has proven himself to be over and over and over again.

1075 days ago
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driaph    

The real bigots owe Mel an apology

1075 days ago
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