Kanye West may believe that George W. Bush hates black people, but one former Mel Gibson screenwriter tells the actor and director “you hate jews.” Joe Eszter has made the allegations in a nine-page letter to Warner Bros. after he learned that a movie called “The Maccabees” was shelved.
In 2011, Gibson himself commissioned Eszterhas to write the screenplay for the movie about a Jewish rebel army that took control of Judea, which had been a client state of the Seleucid Empire around 160 B.C.
However, the movie came to a halt after Gibson and Warner Bros. said the film’s screenplay “lacked a sense of triumph.”
The Wrap, quotes a part of Eszterhas’s letter to read, “I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason you won’t make ‘The Maccabees’ is the ugliest possible one. You hate Jews.”
Eszterhas went on to accuse Gibson of only commissioning the movie in order to try to restore his reputation after several controversies Gibson found himself in of being anti-Semitic. One which included Gibson saying that Jews were responsible for all the wars around the world.
“I believe you announced the project with great fanfare — ‘a Jewish Braveheart’ — in an attempt to deflect continuing charges of anti-Semitism, which have dogged you, charges which have crippled your career,” he wrote.
Eszterhas went on to claim that Gibson continually refers to the Jewish population in slang forms, such as calling them ‘Hebes,’ ‘oven-dodgers,’ and ‘Jewboys.’
To refute Eszterhas’s claims Gibson released a statement via his publicist to claim the screen writers claims about why the film based on his screenplay was shelved are false and took shots back at him for sub-standard work.
The statement by Gibson read; “I absolutely want to make this movie; it’s just that neither Warner Bros. nor I want to make this movie based on your script,” Gibson wrote in a letter, issued by his publicist. Honestly, Joe, not only was the script delivered later than you promised, both Warner Bros and I were extraordinarily disappointed with the draft.”
Gibson added, “In 25 years of script development, I have never seen a more substandard first draft or a more significant waste of time. The decision not to proceed with you was based on the quality of your script, not on any other factor.”