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Joe Eszterhas

Mel Said John Lennon

Deserved To Be Shot

4/12/2012 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mel Gibson celebrates John Lennon's death, claiming he deserved to die ... this according to the screenwriter of the failed "Maccabee" project, Joe Eszterhas.

In a scathing 9-page letter, obtained by The Wrap, Eszterhas claims Mel once ranted about the departed Beatle, "I'm glad he's dead. He deserved to be shot. He was f**king messianic. Listen to his songs! Imagine. I hate that f**king song. I'm glad he's dead."

According to Eszterhas, Mel saved his true fury for Oksana Grigorieva, saying, "I want to f**k her in the ass and stab her while I'm doing it."

And on the business side, Eszterhas claims Mel said this of Ari Emanuel, the head of the William Morris Endeavor Agency: "He's a c*nt Jewboy."

Mel has fired back at Joe, claiming the letter is a pack of lies.



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So what prompted Esterhas to write this? Mel is bat**** crazy-wouldn't be too far of a stretch to believe...

893 days ago


I wonder if Mel has a psych issue and self medicates w/ booze or the booze has fried his brain?

893 days ago


Wow. That's awfully Christian of him. I dont believe it anyway.

893 days ago

Rich in New Mexico    

Yeah and you don't, or rather didn't, see John Lennon in any good movies. So what is your point? Also who ever this JOE ESZTERHAS guy is he sounds insane or else he is simply a nitwit who is dying for attention. I'm not a follower of Hollywood too much, outside of TCM, so is the guy a writer or an agent or something? Why would he be trashing Mel Gibson? Any ideas out there, like I said I'm a bit in the dark about this. Rich in New Mexico.

893 days ago

John Svengali    

People say stupid things in private that no one else was meant to hear. I'm not excusing the language. But Gibson has two points: Lennon's song degraded religion. His ex-wife was no good - at least for him. His private means of expressing his disgust and hatred are his own way of venting.

If I said something stupid in private to a friend or confidant and he divulged it, I would feel betrayed. It's easy to pile on Mel Gibson now because his flaws and biases have been revealed which have cost him dearly. He's entitled, however, to think and say what he wants -- we all are, no matter how offensive or stupid.

893 days ago


Eszterhas fired a warning shot at Mel way back in Feb, via the NYT, threatening Mel with the title, anti-semite, if he didn't react well to his script. Joe E sux and is lashing out because his big, fat, hair ego can't handle the truth.

893 days ago


Please discuss the credibility and character of Eszterhas. I need to know if he flips out as much as Gibson sometimes does? How much can we invest in what J.Ezterhas has written? Does he tell grudge lies? Who knows about how much of this we might believe and how much we should trash? What's the record?

893 days ago


Yeah, and Mel causes global warming and malaria in third world countries. Anything else this self-serving screenwriting hack and failure can lay at Mel Gibson's feet?

893 days ago


I also hate "Imagine".

893 days ago

Paul Booth    

Typical insensitive Australian. They hate everybody except their own.

893 days ago


He is a very sick man.

893 days ago


Mel hated the script. Writer reacts like a spoiled brat and uses every contentious word or rumor ever written or spoken about Mel to fight back. A real professional never burns one's own bridges.

893 days ago


I think that the letter written by Eszterhas should be read by those that are talking smack about him. If the script "sucked" as Mel is saying then why did Mark Gooder (the head of Icon, Mel's production company) say he loved it? I'm going to figure that some either haven't read the letter, or that they're challenged and can't read things that are longer than 140 characters. Self-imposed attention deficit disorders run amok.

893 days ago


If Mel Gibson was such a bad Guy - Joe Ezterhas, why did you work with him in the first place? Don't believe your drama. Leave Mel alone before you disgrace yourself completely.

893 days ago


!!! John Lennon was one of the most powerful person on earth. He wrote Imagine, which is considered as an International anthem...he was one of the most beautiful soul in our history>>>who is Mel? Could he made the whole world listen to him? does he have any power to influence people? The Beatles is the most influntial musical act ever! which was started by Music God JOHN LENNON!
This article sucks and the guy who wrote thi about Lennon is a **** SUCKING VAMPIRE who cannot spread Happiness anywhere, not even in his own house>>>

R.I.P John Lennon
We Love You!

893 days ago
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