Okay, folks....is this duo the right one to make a movie like this? Does it matter what someone's background is?Mel Gibson plans to produce film on Jewish hero
By CHRISTY LEMIRE, AP Movie Writer – 1 hour ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mel Gibson, who reportedly made anti-Semitic remarks during a drunken driving arrest five years ago, is now producing a film about the life of Jewish hero Judah Maccabee.
Gibson's publicist, Alan Nierob, told The Associated Press Friday that Gibson is working on a deal with Warner Bros. to develop the film through his company, Icon Productions. What Gibson's exact role will be — whether he might direct or even star in the film — hasn't been determined.
"Warner Bros. would like him to direct," Nierob said. "He is the first choice for the studio to direct it, but until there's a deal in place and a script that's finished, it will be his choice as to whether to direct it or not."
Joe Eszterhas of "Basic Instinct" and "Flashdance" fame is writing the script. No timetable is in place for it to be completed and for production to begin.
But Gibson's involvement with bringing Maccabee's story to the screen in any form has angered some Jewish leaders. Maccabee, who's acclaimed as one of the greatest warriors in Jewish history, helped inspire the celebration of Hanukkah.
Gibson, the Oscar-winning director of "Braveheart," has defended himself against accusations of anti-Semitism ever since his 2006 drunken driving arrest, in which a deputy's report revealed Gibson made Jewish and sexist slurs while in custody.Last month, he reached a $750,000 settlement with his ex-girlfriend, Russian musician Oksana Grigorieva, and agreed to continue providing housing and financial support for their young daughter to resolve a bitter legal fight that followed sexist, racist rants attributed to the actor.
The way I look at it, if he did make whatever stupid remarks, it was done while he was sh*tface drunk. We've all said and done stupid stuff while drinking... not that it makes it OK in the slightest, but cut the guy a break. Obviously he is far from a "Jew hater", as he put up millions of dollars of HIS OWN MONEY to make "The Passion of the Christ" because no studio would pay for such a movie... and that movie was about the most famous Jew in history!
Krystal & Donovan - 12/2/06
Reagan - 10/2/02
Maximus - 3/10/05
Liberty - 12/11/08
My angel in Heaven 1/7/13
That said, he may have been drunk, but the way I see it,when you are drunk it just frees you to say what you otherwise would censor yourself from saying. There is no doubt in my mind that he is a "Jew hater" whether it is from his upbringing (his father is a self-proclaimed **** sympathizer) or just his own point of view.
I think he should make whatever movie he wants. But to me it would be like seeing a movie about Martin Luther King that was written by George Wallace. I think his reason for making this movie is to gain back favor with Jews and the public in general. I don't care to see a movie about Jewish anything, from his point of view.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
Got an opinion? We've got a board! Come join us for some lively debate on the Face Off! Debate Arena board.
You know Melis, I still love Braveheart, too. And The Patriot and Lethal Weapon and Signs (love love love Signs), and Maverick and MadMax. He is one of the great actors of our time and I think he is amazingly talented. And the truth is, sometimes great genius comes with a can of nutz on the side, so to speak.
But I also know that film and filmmaking is all about perspective and is all about the bias. And I just can't bring myself to pay money to see something made by someone who has a view point so personally hateful to me and far from anything I want to be subjected to (or give money to by buying a ticket).
BTW, I too was a bit shocked that there was anyone who actually thought Passion of the Christ was a pro-Jewish movie. Never heard that one before.
And Jesus was not famous because he was Jewish. He is "famous" because certain people believe he is the messiah. So again, how does Jesus' Judaism prove Mel Gibson making a movie about him means Gibson is not anti-Semetic? My point is that his making the movie actually proves he is because the movie hasa very anti-Jewish tone. You think it doesn't (hence me calling it Pro-Jewish), and so I would like to know why and how?
Thanks Laurie and Lana.