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Gibson to direct ancient Jewish warrior film

MelGibson.jpgThe news sites are awash with the talk of Mel Gibson directing a film about a famous Jewish character celebrated for being one of the greatest Jewish warriors. Stories with words like "shock", "why" and "explanation" are appearing, as though it needed an explanation. He's a film-maker isn't he?

He's also created films about other characters from history, and taken liberties with their story too, but he's produced something powerful and those that feel the character belongs to them have taken the film to their hearts, so why not again?

Well obviously we know why it's making headlines, but the real surprise is coming out about the opposite side of the story where we discover that Mel Gibson has had his eye on this story for some time, as most film-makers do.

It doesn't appear to be that he's thought to salvage his career with a film about a famous Jewish person, not according to what he once said anyway. According to an interview that Mel Gibson did with The Atlantic he's been thinking about the project for years, and for very simplistic reasons, cinema.

"I just read it when I was teenager, and it's amazing. It's almost like" -- here, he grabbed my digital recorder, held it to his mouth, and spoke in a portentous movie-announcer voice -- "They profaned his Temple. They killed his father. They... all kinds of stuff. In the face of great odds for something he believed in" -- here he switched out of movie-announcer voice -- "Oh, my God, the odds they faced. The armies they faced had elephants! How cinematic is this! Even Judah's dad -- what's his name? Mattathias? -- you kind of get this guy who more or less is trying to avoid the whole thing, but he just gets to a place where had enough, and he just snapped!"

Well that caught me straight away, and that's just a few lines from Gibson through The Atlantic article and The Hollywood Reporter.

So to me that sounds like it's a very cinematic tale and might produce a rather epic tale, and yet there are many leaping up against Warner Bros. and Mel Gibson making the film for they believe he's going to destroy the view of Judah Maccabee, or Judas Maccabeus, who is credited with the first religious uprising using guerrilla warfare against the might of the Greek-Syrian armies who had conquered Judea in second century B.C.

The uproar, which I'm really not going to get into, just doesn't seem to go away. Gibson's drunken comments have never been allowed to leave him despite numerous apologies both publicly written and privately discussed. Forgiveness has not yet arrived and there are some very hateful comments and phrases spoken against him.

Perhaps then, despite what he previously said, there is still some element of penance in what he's doing, even though the story would make great cinema and there are parallels in this religious uprising story with so many other modern day tales, Gibson even states that there are parallels to church in today's society.

Let us get back to the cinematic side of the story though, Mel Gibson is looking to direct the film and Deadline report that Joe Eszterhas is writing the script.

Would they really make a film that wasn't true to the original stories? One that would threaten to offend the Jewish community? I really don't believe they would, but you can guarantee it will be controversial, he's delivered plenty of that before.




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At the end of the day when I watch a movie made by Mel Gibson, I'm not thinking about the horrible things he did or didn't do to his wife or if he is a good person, if the movie is good then its good and if it isn't then it isn't. One has nothing to do with the other.

I'm not gonna make a judgement from information that was distributed through gossip magazines and such because it only always reflects one side of the medal at best. As long as I don't know the guy personally and am close to him, I don't need to know these things!

This reminds me of when Tiger Woods was caught cheating his wife: He's a goddamn golf player! I should be hearing from him about his sports performance, I don't care that he has a gazillion mistresses unless it affects directly his professional performance! As cold as that may sound.

Of course I don't condone what he did but what good is it ever gonna do to anyone but his family, wife and maybe close friends to know about that? I mean, he wasn't cheating on me was he? He hasn't stolen money from public funds, murdered, raped or molested anyone has he? Then why does the whole planet need to know? Yes he might not be faithful to his wife but he may (or may not) have 12 or more other redeeming qualities. Maybe he's a great father or maybe he donates a lot of money to charity. Of course Mel Gibson may or may not deserve all the hate but the point is: I don't know and most other people don't know either so why judge?

Count me as someone who doesn't care about Mel's personal life. I hope he is able to continue making movies and find the ADL ridiculous in their condemnation of him. He's apologised more than once, has meet with Jewish leaders... when is it enough for them?

Great comments and I agree with both. Vash, spot on, there's nothing more I can add to that, someone famous is a different person to who they are in their private life and we should be interested in their on screen personas and not what happens in their private life.

Yet, for all that, Zippy is right. It's time to move on and let us see what this wonderful film-maker can bring to us next. What I really hope is that he's not doing this film as another means of penance when we could have Mel Gibson making another film.

Mad Max 4 would be a bliss. Just so the story doesn't end with the sour note that was Thunder Dome. Though it wasn't half as bad as most people make it to be, it still was diluted and far removed from the original movies. It was trying too much to be mainstream, in my own opinion.

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