Normally you'd call BS immediately on something like this. Except that this was allegedly said by Mel Gibson, whose confirmed quote gallery includes 'Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,' among other problematic utterings.
Which brings us to these pronouncements about John Lennon, as alleged by screenwriter Joe Eszterhas. It was deep into a long and scathing letter from the legendary screenwriter, penned after a collaboration involving The Maccabees dissolved (and the film shelved, at least for now).
The whole letter - published by The Wrap - is stunningly crazy, and finds Eszterhas accusing Gibson of only initiating the Maccabees film to cover a lingering and deep hatred for Jews. Yes, a pro-Jewish project created to mask deep anti-Semitic feelings, as basic and crass as that sounds. Gibson has dismissed it as total fabrication, and a vengeful reaction after Eszterhas' script was rejected by Warner Bros.
Perhaps that's for you to decide: a read of the letter seems scarily real, especially the deeper you get enveloped into the insane account. And Eszterhas has threatened to release iPhone-captured clips of a Gibson tirade.
@jefffinney Thursday, April 12, 2012
WOW! Brings a new meaning to MAD MAX! Hatred never helps.
@ONErpm Thursday, April 12, 2012
Go find your beaver, Mel.
Vail, CO Friday, April 13, 2012
I think there is actually a strange and rare mental disease that comes from superfame, similar to Tom Cruise. I don't think these individuals would be this out of their minds if they were merely accountants or bus drivers.
Coma, UK Friday, April 13, 2012
... and if they were, who would know about it?
S Freud Friday, April 13, 2012
It's not that strange if you live your life surrounded by yesmen
blastjacket Friday, April 13, 2012
Funny how this statement makes your news yet Hilary Rosen, former Head of the RIAA. statement regarding Romney's wife gets no mention. Nice editorial.
QSDC Friday, April 13, 2012
Hilary Rosen hasn't been the head of the RIAA for a nearly a decade. If you want to read politics go read the politico or TPM or some other blog.
blastjacket Tuesday, April 17, 2012
OK, I'll start listening to you from now on.
musicservices4less Friday, April 13, 2012
I don't think this anti-semitic animal formed his beliefs and hatred because of fame or Hollywood. He got it growing up. His father is further off the map than he is. Google Hutton "Red" Gibson and see for yourselves. PS I can't wait to see all the on-line haters who start to populate this item. It should be fun!
Dan SF Friday, April 13, 2012
Gibson's rebuttal makes a solid argument, or at least scores some good points against Ezterhas. Gibson, of course, denies all the accusations. And he also points out that, if Ezterhas is such a principled man, why didn't he leave the project earlier? Why wait until the studio rejected his script to take his strong moral stance? I wouldn't go so far as to defend Gibson, but Ezterhas clearly cannot be trusted. Obviously the craziest person in this story is the one who green-lit Ezterhas ("Basic Instinct", "Showgirls") to write the store of the Maccabean revolt.
Erik P Friday, April 13, 2012
Mel denies it:
Mel Gibson has denied claims that he said that Beatles' legend John Lennon "deserved to be shot".
The Braveheart actor was accused of making a number of controversial statements by screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who worked with Gibson on the doomed script for the film The Macabees.
Following news that work on the flick had been shelved, a letter written by Eszterhas was obtained by The Wrap in which he made a number of extraordinary claims about Gibson's behaviour, including allegations of anti-semitism.
He also claimed that Gibson said: I'm glad he's dead. He deserved to be shot. He was fucking Messianic! Listen to his songs. 'Imagine'. I hate that fucking song. I'm glad he's dead.
However, according to TMZ, Gibson has dismissed the claims made by Eszterhas, with one source stating: "It's not uncommon to hear The Beatles at Gibson's house."
Gibon's last starring role was in the 2011 film The Beaver, which was directed by, and co-starred Jodie Foster. The film saw him take on the role of Walter Black, a man suffering from depression who finds a way to communicate through the medium of a toy beaver puppet.
Balanced Saturday, April 14, 2012
Something doesn't add up here. The writer was putting up with all that for such a long time, working for less than his usual fee although Gibson was or is essentially persona non grata in Hollywood? Does not compute, sorry.
I can easily believe that Gibson has clearly anger management issues, but this letter smells rather fishy to me, sorry.
Not Bitter Saturday, April 14, 2012
So who is crazier, Joe E. or Mel. It's a toss up. both have long and well documented histories of public tantrums, and in Joe's case, an inability to process his anger privately, he finds it necessary to publish his views in rags people read every day. I think they both lie when it suits them, people are crazy, not just in the film business , but everywhere. The insane ramblings of a fool just get more ink when it's a sort of famous fool.
On to more uplifting stories!
@BandLink Monday, April 16, 2012
Does this guy truly have conscince? Or a brain?
@Flow_rec Monday, April 16, 2012
Et toi ? A******