If Joe Eszterhas couldn't write the script for The Maccabees, maybe he didn't want anyone else to have it either!
Because that disturbing nine-page letter he wrote about Mel Gibson was definitely a catalyst for Jewish groups to protest its development!
In a statement by El Lay's Simon Wiesenthal Center, the human rights organization calls for Warner Bros to end development immediately:
In view of the outrageous anti-Semitic and bigoted statements recounted in Joe Eszterhas' letter to Mel Gibson, the Simon Wiesenthal Center calls upon Warner Brothers (or any other studio) to permanently shelve the Maccabee project as long as Mel Gibson is associated with the film.
Rabbi Marvin Heir, founder and dean of the Center, also urges:
It would be an insult to Jews and a desecration to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust to go forward with the Maccabee project.
So far, Warner Bros is keeping their lips zipped!
Smart move! There's been enough word vomit spewed to recreate Braveheart! HA!
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