Gibson “hates Jews” according to Eszterhas who had been working on script The Macabees with Gibson before their relationship soured and the project was shelved.
Joe Eszterhas claimed in a latter to The Beaver star that the project, about a Jewish man who led a revolt against the Seleucid Empire, was shelved because of Gibson’s anti-Semitic views, even suggesting that Gibson only took on the project in the first place to try to prove that he was not an anti-Semite.
However, in an open letter by way or reply sent to Hollywood website Deadline, Gibson has returned fire saying that the project was not shelved because of any ‘Jew-hating’ on his part but because the script was cack.
In the letter, Gibson explained: “Joe [Eszterhas], not only was your script delivered later than you promised, but both Warner Brothers and I were extraordinarily disappointed with the draft. In 25 years of script development I have never seen a more substandard first draft or a more significant waste of time.”
“Contrary to your assertion that I was only developing Maccabees to burnish my tarnished reputation, I have been working on this project for over 10 years and it was publicly announced 8 years ago. (sic)”
While Gibson has made it difficult to defend himself in recent years, his once golden boy charm fading behind a barrage of drunken outbursts and obscenity, it is quite possible to believe his version of events. Joe is the man behind such silver screen
classics as Basic Instinct, after all.