Maccabees screenwriter’s letter to Mel Gibson leaked

Joe Eszterhas, the screenwriter who was hired to write poor old Mel Gibson’s frantic attempt to look less like an anti-Semite religious passion project The Maccabees, was probably the only person in the world who cared when Warner Bros. pulled the plug on the film earlier this year.

But in a letter apparently obtained by The Wrap, the Showgirls writer goes beyond simple professional disappointment to unleash a nine-page deconstruction of Gibson’s utterly fucking insane behaviour over a number of years. We’ve got no idea if it’s true, but we certainly couldn’t have come up with a fake like that. Have a read (or just flick through our favourite quotes, below) and make up your own mind.

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

You continually called Jews “Hebes” and “oven-dodgers” and “Jewboys”.”

“You said the Holocaust was “mostly a lot of horseshit”.”

“You said that a “liberal Jewish conspiracy” was responsibly for the death of Pope John Paul I… a conspiracy which your father, Hutton, told me was completed when a cardinal sat on the Pope’s face and suffocated him.”

“”What I really want to do with this movie”, you said, “is to convert the Jews to Christianity.””

“…one of the advisors, a Catholic priest… whom you called “Father Fucko”…”

“You acted out for me the scene where you hit [Gibson’s ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva]. But you said you’d “just slapped her a little bit.””

“…you turned to [Eszterhas’ 15 year old son] and said “I want to fuck her (Oksana) in the ass and stab her to death while I’m doing it.””

“…as you went running wildly away, by the side of the house again, you screamed: “Fuck! Fuck! Fucking hate! Fucking cunt cocksucker whore! Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!””

“You don’t just need medication. You need serious therapy. You need extensive psychiatric counselling.”

“I know there are as many guns around your house as crucifixes.”


Do you think The Wrap’s scoop is genuine? Do you think Mel Gibson should be sectioned? Did you actually quite want to see The Maccabees? Let us know below, but please don’t call us cocksucker whores.

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