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Mel Gibson

Ripped By 'Maccabees' Writer


4/11/2012 5:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mel Gibson is sabotaging efforts to make a movie about Jewish biblical hero Judah Maccabee because he "hates Jews" ... this according to the film's screenwriter Joe Eszterhas.

Gibson and Eszterhas had been working on the project together ... until Warner Bros. suddenly decided to pull the plug ... and nobody seemed to know why.

But now, it's crystal clear -- there was a MAJOR rift between Gibson and Eszterhas ... with Eszterhas firing off a harsh letter to Mel earlier this week ... in which he says point blank, "I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason you won’t make ‘The Maccabees’ is the ugliest possible one. You hate Jews.”

The letter, obtained by, reads, "You continually called Jews 'Hebes' and 'oven-dodgers' and 'Jewboys.' It seemed that most times when we discussed someone, you asked 'He’s a Hebe, isn’t he?' You said most 'gatekeepers' of American companies were 'Hebes' who 'controlled their bosses.'"

Eszterhas adds, “You said the Holocaust was 'mostly a lot of horses**t.' You said the Torah made reference to the sacrifice of Christian babies and infants. When I told you that you were confusing the Torah with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, ... you insisted 'it's in the Torah -- it's in there!' (It isn't)."

He says Mel only wanted to make “The Maccabees” so he could “convert the Jews to Christianity.”

In his letter, Eszterhas says he witnessed Mel rail about his ex-GF and baby mama Oksana Grigorieva ... saying, "You were raving at Oksana even after you’d reached a custody agreement over Luci."

“And then you were even more explicit about your threat: “I’m going to kill her! I’m going to have her killed!” You said you’d become friends with two FBI agents (or former FBI agents) and they were going to help you to kill her.”

Calls to Mel's rep have not been returned.


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it seems all anyone has to do any more is scream racist or anti-semite. Everybody listens, believes them and kisses their A$$. kinda like whats happening here

922 days ago


So many good stories yet to be told and made into movies....I don't understand why Mel wants to make this movie about a guy no one has heard of or gives two cents about. All this does is give Jews more to whine and cry about. And, we all know how much they love to play victim and do this!!

922 days ago


Uh-huh. We're supposed to believe that Mel Gibson, who managed to keep his big yap shut after the whole Oksana Grigorieva debacle, made sure everyone on the set of this movie knew he was a jew hating sabateur? Unlikely. Oh, he may well feel that way, but no way in hell is he going to broadcast those feelings while trying to make a comeback. He's an actor, for crying out loud, he would have at least 'acted' like he didn't hate jews on this project.

922 days ago

Leader of the ignorant masses    

Regardless of ethnicity the whole world needs to grow a pair already.

922 days ago


Who cares.

922 days ago


Wow, writes a letter and makes it public. What a smear campaign this guy's selling. Sure Mel's no angel, but I bet this creep's got some serious problems if he comes out shooting with this crap.

922 days ago


Just stop the hate. Stop giving it power, just stop the hate, period.

922 days ago


So why does Harvey Levin continue to kiss Mel's butt?
He always defends him!

922 days ago


Joe E is a sore loser and a liar! Funny, a guy so independent (known to punch out directors and producers,) so righteous, such a selfless defender of Jews and woman that he'd just sit there and keep working with a guy for two years while the guy supposedly ranted racial epithets, hired ex-FBI guys to commit murder, and posed a "danger to those around him."
Joe E wasn't even there when Ox the Extortionist was around. In fact, Mel wasn't even around her except in court! LOL

922 days ago


"Eszterhas delivered the script in late February, and Warner's has since passed on it, according to an individual close to the project. Warner production president Greg Silverman described it as lacking in "feeling" and "a sense of triumph," according to the individual.
As another individual put it, "The script didn't pass muster."

Joe E is a cry baby who is throwing and tantrum, trying to take down Mel because Warner's didn't like HIS script, simple as that.

922 days ago

Tigers Wood    

All religions should convert to Christianity, like all the mormons, Muslims, Hindus, jews, Buddhist, and other religions. One religion worldwide, Jesus can make that happen when he comes back.

922 days ago


I've made it back and it sounds like a load of crap.

922 days ago


Spare me. Who cares the dude makes great films.

922 days ago


seriously you've got to wonder what drugs this guy is on. he sounds a lot like someone suffering from severe delusional paranoia. Of course many of the current popular hollyweird party drugs do present this way.

922 days ago


It's Obama's fault.

922 days ago
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