Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson And Judah Maccabee? Not A Good Mix

Special To The Jewish Week

The recent exchange of accusations between Mel Gibson and Joe Eszterhas, the screenwriter hired to write a Judah Maccabee biopic that Gibson would direct, brings renewed attention to the very fact that Gibson has been planning to make such a movie in the first place. Let’s ask him not to.

Daniel Libenson

Mel Gibson, Screenwriter Spar Over Maccabees Movie


Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas said in a letter to Mel Gibson that the actor and filmmaker "hates Jews." Ezsterhas sent the letter following Warner Bros.' rejection of his screenplay for Gibson's movie about Judah Maccabee.

The letter, published on The, accuses Gibson of not really wanting to make the film, and sabotaging it, saying: "I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason you won’t make ‘The Maccabees’ is the ugliest possible one. You hate Jews.”

Synagogue Solicits Mel Gibson


(JTA) -- A California synagogue asked movie star Mel Gibson for a donation, suggesting it would remedy his reputation regarding Jews.

Discrimination Suit By Cop Who Arrested Mel Gibson To Go To Trial


The sheriff's deputy who arrested actor Mel Gibson and was the subject of his anti-Semitic rant should be able to take his workplace discrimination case before a jury, a Los Angeles judge ruled.

James Mee, who is Jewish, says he was subject to religious discrimination and a hostile work environment after arresting the "Lethal Weapon" and "Braveheart" star for drunk driving in 2006. He wants to take his case before a judge and jury.

Actress Von Teese Sues Ex-landlord for Anti-Semitism


(JTA) -- Burlesque dancer and actress Dita Von Teese in a lawsuit accused her former landlord of an anti-Semitic tirade.

Von Teese, 37, alleged in a suit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court that when her managers tried to have her $5,000 security deposit returned, the former landlord "went on Mel Gibson-like anti-Semitic tangents, personally attacking Plaintiff's Jewish managers and business managers," TMZ reported.

Gibson, a film actor and director, let loose an anti-Semitic tirade after being pulled over in 2006 for drunk driving.

Tabloid News & Jewish Wisdom



As part of our continuing effort to find deeper meaning and lessons in pop culture, we asked Rabbi Simon Jacobson to help reveal the Jewish wisdom and relevancy in the most recent front-page tabloid news.


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