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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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136.

jabberwolf    

Mel has issues.
Religeon and jews are just the focus of his anger/issues.
Now he has money to justify and explore what HE thinks is wrong. His first step would be a mirror, not the Maccabees.

1077 days ago
137.

Don Stevens    

I for one Love Mel Gibson as an actor and director.Even if he was prejudice against Jews I would love to see any film he is involved in.This is America and even if people don't agree with prejudice they should defend the rights of a person to be prejudice and speak publically for what they believe .Not Ostresize them for doing so.Or ban them from creating the art that they want to create. Because Art whether film ,music ,paintings or any other medium is the fondation of a culture.

1077 days ago
138.

Nomad    


make a movie about a famous conspiracy theory. bring in the ancient civilisations, lots of designer created extraterresterials, new society, new way of life, and you Mel, act the servant in their city, who escapes and comes back to earth to find ...................

1077 days ago
139.

Dick    

Mel
Get some "BALLS"
You have more money than God
Stop kissing Ass

1077 days ago
140.

USArmy    

Enough already! I wish everyone would shut up and let him make his movie. THE PUBLIC will decide if it good or not.

1077 days ago
141.

hushcloud    

this is what art is all about. this is hollywood. film production that crosses enmity.No one can do it with passion, only imagination, but Mel has passion for it. Anyone who wants to c the film as best as it could be then we should support Mel,whose production of the film may well be a Good Samaritan deed.

1077 days ago
142.

Jacob    

Gibson is incappable to rid himself of beeing a Jew Hater. He got it through his mopthers milk feeding. his father hated jews too.
There is a comment in the Talmud: when alcohol enters the body all inner secrets come out.
Dont touch the Apoqrapha where the story of the maccabees came from. you are a born bigot!

1077 days ago
143.

Fidel's niece    

If Mel wanted to make a movie about Bambi
the haters would object to it too...
or if he wanted to make a movie about
Snow WHITE, the haters would attack him
for being a racist...
WTF! just SHUT THE F*CK UP!
Let him make the movie he wants to make,
and if you don't like him or his movies
don't see them -
but do NOT try to CENSORSHIP what movies
get made and by whom...

As for the rabbie Marvin Hier
I have nothing but CONTEMPT!

GO MEL ,go make your movie, babe!
((((((XXXXXXXXXX)))))))

TEAM MEL

1077 days ago
144.

Sincerity    

Ira Black: 4 minutes ago
Sincerity:
HATE ON ME ALL YOU LIKE, AT LEAST MY CONSCIENCE IS CLEAR!!! I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE!!!
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You don't have a conscience.
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Oh Really!!! Perhaps it's time for "YOU" to take a VERY LONG LOOK IN THE MIRROR!!! The "UGLINESS" in "YOUR" soul would probably CRACK IT!!!

1077 days ago
145.

Sincerity    

Fan Bunny: about a minute ago
I know Ira. Ira's soul is good. She makes excellent commentary. I don't always agree with her.
I've been reading you all day. You pretty much suck.
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By All Mean, do continue to "READ" my comments!!! YOU JUST MAY LEARN SOMETHING WORTHWHILE FROM SINCERITY!!! PEACE!!!

1077 days ago
146.

Studley Buck    

Mel just likes to make violent, bloody, sadistic films. Cut him some slack.

1077 days ago
147.

Lois    

People are on Mel's case, and yet we have a President who is a self-proclaimed Moslem. They should be more upset about that!!!

1077 days ago
148.

Scudrunner600    

Whoever does the movie keep it true to fact. The reason for the Maccabeah uprising & why the Jewish leader Judas Macabaeus clashed with the Syrian Seleucid ruler Antiochus IV (Epiphanes) in 168 BC was because the Seleucids put a pagan altar on top of the alter in GOD's temple in Jerusalem & he had sacrifices offered to the Greek god Zeus. That is the reason for the uprising. Judas Macabaeus recovered Jerusalem from the Seleucids & then had the defiled alter demolished & a new one built in its place. Exactly 3 years after the alter had first been desecrated, Judas rededicated the cleansed temple to GOD. This festival of dedication (Hebrew, chanuk-kah') has been celebrated in December by the Jews ever since. Today the festival is known as Hanukkah. So, the main reason for the Maccabean revolt & the Jewish leader's rebellion? The Seleucids defiled GOD's temple! So Hollywood, get the story correct when you do this movie! (you know they won't)

1077 days ago
149.

What You Really Want To See    

@What You Really Want To See:
For starters, "YOU" are in "ABSOLUTELY NO POSITION" to render ANY OPINIONS regarding MY CHARACTER because I have NO RELATIONSHIP WITH "YOU"!!! I'm not a person who makes a living from selling any sort of "IMAGE" to the general public for their entertainment. If Mel Gibson would have concentrated primarily on "ENTERTAINING" people rather than "OFFENDING" them, his personal shortcomings would have probably remained "PRIVATE". It was his decision to delve into the very "touchy" subject of "RELIGION" that has comeback to impact his career in a very negative fashion due to his personal shortcomings. What I find most interesting is that many of his supporters on this website are very quick to judge the ethnic groups he's so "CALLOUSLY" offended but not hold him accountable for his actions, as if he's some spoiled "HALF RAISED BRAT" who should be given a pass!!! The "REAL" world simply doesn't work like that!!! Money won't buy what EVERYONE needs the most to survive in the world. HONOR, RESPECT, ADMIRATION and LOYALTY are blessings that MUST BE EARNED by incorporating these values into ALL OF YOUR RELATIONSHIPS -- NOT JUST THE ONES WITH PEOPLE YOU CAN SELFISHLY USE TO GET WHAT YOU NEED!!! HATE ON ME ALL YOU LIKE, AT LEAST MY CONSCIENCE IS CLEAR!!! I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE!!!
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What a hoot? Hate on you? You poor poor victim. Damn right I have no relationship with you. Who'd want to?

This is about a person saying sorry and another forgiving. The issue rests with the person that has no forgiveness. Rot in your bitterness, Sincerity. I hope you are free from it one day, but if you insist, just keep it. I'll go about my day happy. You will go about yours crying for attention using capital letters to justify your personal bitterness.

1077 days ago
150.

BouncersSuck    

You have to admit, those apology letters are encompassing and authentic sounding.

Props to Mel.

Big Poppa

1077 days ago
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