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Joe Eszterhas’ crazy letter to Mel Gibson

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 13, 2012

Joe Eszterhas was working with Mel Gibson on a script for a movie called The Maccabees, aka “a Jewish Braveheart”. Eszterhas came to believe that Gibson was only pretending to do the film to soften Gibson’s anti-semitic image. Feeling betrayed, Eszterhas wrote a letter to Gibson that is just flat out amazing and crazy.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason you won’t make “The Maccabees” is the ugliest possible one. You hate Jews.


Let me remind you of some of the things you said which appalled me. You continually called Jews “Hebes”, “oven-dodgers” and “Jewboys.” It seemed that most times when we discussed someone, you asked “He’s a Hebe, isn’t he?” or “Is he a Hebe?” You said that most “gatekeepers” of American companies were “Hebes” who “controlled their bosses”.

And that’s not even close to the craziest bits of the letter. If even 10% of this is true, let’s hope this is the last we hear of Mel Gibson. (via @jakedobkin)