Yesterday, we touched upon the conflict between Mel Gibson and “The Maccabees” screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who wrote a letter claiming that the scandal-plagued actor had only embraced the “Jewish heroism” project to repair his damaged reputation. The “Basic Instinct” scribe also accused Gibson of hating Jews and displaying abusive behavior.
Gibson responded to the comments with his own letter, published in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times. Gibson called the “great majority of the facts as well as the statements and actions” that Eszterhas used to describe him as “utter fabrications.”
I’m a little confused. Great majority?
Anyway, Gibson concluded his letter with this dig at Eszterhas: “In 25 years of script development I have never seen a more substandard first draft or a more significant waste of time. The decision not to proceed with you was based on the quality of your script, not on any other factor.”
Eszterhas did write “Showgirls.” And we’re pretty familiar Gibson’s past behavior. I really don’t know who to believe. All I know is that I’d like this drama to end. It’s killing my buzz over the upcoming summer movie season.