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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

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.

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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I wish I can enjoy some sunshine too.

1096 days ago


Hi, Ira, I fine, hun. Thanks for asking.

I can not believe Obama selling our things, like half our oil, and then 55 bombs. Why did he do that for? If Obama doesn't get voted in, he will have them to bomb us or what? Maybe he is thinking, about it if his Obama plan doesn't pass. LOL

1096 days ago


Mel, make one about Judith! That is one of the most interesting, hottest stories in the Bible.

1091 days ago

Ben D    

Memo to Mel: There is a large "gap" between you and humanity as a whole, at least those who are opposed to drunk drivers, temper tantrums, domestic violence, mysogyny, and racism. And as long as you're living in the bubble of your own humongous ego, I sure wish you'd stay there because every time you open your mouth it's pretty clear you don't communicate with anyone except a handful of yes-men and sycophants.

1058 days ago


I would never ever pay to see anything Mel Gibson does. He is a POS!

1058 days ago


Who cares?

Tell the old drunk to have a few drinks and do a movie about a MOSLAM.

What could go wrong?

1058 days ago


F a Mel Gibson yo!

1052 days ago


Mel is one heck o*****reat actor and director. He should
direct more movies as well as act in them. Keep up the
wonderful work Mel. You are the best!

1035 days ago

Al Norman    

Interesting that over 90% of Jews in the world are not Semitic (descendents of converts from The Caucasus region of Southern Europe back in 700 AD). Interesting how this is always ignored by the Israelis and American Jews. BTW, close to 100% of Arabs are, in fact, Semitic

1029 days ago

Altered States    

Someone ought to tell Mel that the Judah Maccabee and his brothers were not fighting the Roman Catholic Church. They started a revolt against the Seleucid ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes,in 167 B.C. when the Roman Empire ruled the entire Mediterranean area. The Roman Empire made four attempts at conquering the Maccabbeans. Finally, a Roman-Jewish Treaty was made between Judah Maccabee and the Roman Republic in 161 BC.

P.S. Hey Mel, if you want to go after the R.C.C., you have to start in 325 AD when the Council of Nicaea convened, which made Christianity the State religion of Rome.

895 days ago
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