Eszterhas had been working on a script for a film called “The Maccabees” for two years, and Gibson appeared to be on board when the project was first announced eight years ago.
But Gibson and Warner Brothers Studios both dropped the project for no apparent reason. While many people claim to have no idea why the project was abandoned, Eszterhas claims it is because the actor won’t associate with a movie about Jewish people.
In the April 9 letter, he wrote, “I’ve come to the conclusion that you never had, or have, any intention of making a film about the Maccabees. I believe you announced the project with great fanfare — ‘a Jewish Braveheart’ — in an attempt to deflect continuing charges of anti-Semitism [sic] which have dogged you, charges which have crippled your career.”
He continued: “I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason you won’t make ‘The Maccabees’ is the ugliest possible one. You hate Jews.”
The letter accuses Gibson of calling Jews “Hebes,” and also discusses the history of threats Gibson made against his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.
Eszterhas ends his letter by saying, “I believe in Jesus Christ and you say you do too…but Jesus Christ teaches love, not hate.”
Gibson responded to Eszterhas’ letter, which was obtained by TMZ, with three simple paragraphs. The actor never explicitly denies the accusations but writes, “The great majority of the facts as well as the statements and actions attributed to me in your letter are utter fabrications.”
Gibson blamed a bad script for leaving the project. He wrote that the script was “substandard” and a “waste of time.”