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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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Some people try too make it sound like Jews don't like Mel cause he said some off color things when he was drunk.

But Jews don't hate Mel they LOVE him. He's made them tons of money with his highly successful movies.

1139 days ago


Jews are only 2% of the population. Even if no Jews went to see the movie Mel would make a ton of money for the Jews despite them.

1139 days ago


Gross. He is going to turn it into a Christian story somehow, and rest assured, the evil Jewish Priests will look "Jewy" and evil. The good Jews will look like Jesus and have blue eyes, because they will be pre-endowed with nice Christian features and sensibilities. They will probably mention something about the coming messiah and how all roads lead to Christ. GROSS!!!

1139 days ago


I am not a Jew and can tell you 99% of Jews love Mel Gibson. Its a fact!

1139 days ago


oh such stupidity. I don't know where to begin. Most importantly, a person can't be excommunicated for making a movie pointing out the truth about the corruption in the Church today. It would be necessary for the film to violate faith or doctrine and guess what????? Mel has never done that. He has had some personal transgressions which are handled PRIVATELY in the confessional. Are YOU without sin? I think not.
Utter stupidity too that what a person's father might have said could cause them to be excommunicated.
Your post is filled with HATE. Go confess that.

1139 days ago


After Mel's success with the movie The Beaver he's now thinking about doing a movie about the Jewish penis called The Turtle.

1139 days ago


Wait a second-- Did he go on a lifelong crusade against Jews or something? Or was it just the drunken argument with the cop?

Just the drunken argument? Ok, then people need to shut the hell up and get over it. I've said worse in drunken arguments, and even worse in drunken arguments with cops.

1139 days ago


I follow the media and this the FIRST I've heard of his apology. Too little too late. Harvey, stop injecting your propaganda to make it seem like he did a sufficient job. Just because maybe TMZ covered it, I'm sorry to say, TMZ in 2006 was not mainstream at all! He only needed to apologize to the Jewish people once, but on a larger platform and sincerely. Harvey just wants to distance himself from the Jews because he's gay and has a stick up his but because the religious folk don't accept him in the way he wants them to.

1139 days ago


Oh Pleeeeeeeeeeze, Mr. Passion of the Christ!! WHO do you think your talking to here?

1139 days ago


Ya, and as for the "some of my best friends are Jews comment," that sounds mighty familiar to when someone makes a racist comment and says "I can't be a racist because some of my best friends are black." It's not an excuse! Mel's comments went far beyond "stupid Jew," more like "oven dodgers"--are you kidding me? That shows premeditation and a hateful mentality. Also his unfair portrayal of Jews in his movie. I'm sorry, but Mel is a hateful spiteful anti semite who uses people like Harvey who are self-hating Jews, who use Judaism as a novelty to push his agenda. WAKE UP! Learn about the Holocaust. It wasn't so long ago that a "civilized" country methodically murdered 6 million of their citizens. And the reason why these organizations are upset is because Mel's deep seeded hate is the reason why it came about. And NO, he did not apologize properly.

1138 days ago


TMZ--------------Get off Mel's back. Enough already.

1138 days ago


Sadie Rose " ...What's next? next on his list will be a grand epic about the plight of the Native Americans"

Sadie you are a "genius" Apocolypto was about Native Americans" you twit.

1138 days ago


As to the "oven dodger" remark: yeah, the source for that is reeeeeally reliable, yeah right, pffft...

1138 days ago


If the man wants to make a movie, and if he is not using any government money, then it is no ones business but his own (plus whoever else has money sunk into the project). Making movies is a commercial activity as well as an artistic one. This is still america. If people don't like his move it will be a flop and thats the end of it. Personally I think his drunken anti-semitic rant was disturbing. I thought people were sort of over this Jew hatred. I guess we are not there yet. In vino veritas.

1138 days ago


What You Really Want To See: about an hour ago
Sincerity, it may be about time you concern yourself with your own character. And stop shouting. You are a dreadful bore that thinks you need to capitalise your letters in words and place them in inverted commas for emphasis. It's related to your shortcomings and your inability to express yourself. Get that looked into. Liars and people that no nothing need to make heavy emphasis on their words. It makes them feel important.

What You Really Want To See: about an hour ago
no nothing fits, but it should have been, 'know nothing'.
Bad Motherhugger: about an hour ago
Nice! A person who doesn't know the difference between "no" and "know" feels entitled to reprimand somebody else for an "inability to express himself / herself". You can't make this crap up!

Kudos to you, Bad Motherhugger!!! I can always tell when I'M TELLING THE TRUTH!!!

@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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