Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas went on the Today Show this morning to discuss that nine-page letter he wrote Mel Gibson alleging Gibson’s anti-Semitism ultimately halted production of “The Maccabees,” and revealed that he had both tapes and witnesses to back up the allegations in the letter. But wait! There’s more. Sharing-your-snuff-fantasies-with-high-school-sophomores kinda more. Radar Online says:
The screenwriter said he and his family went on an excursion to Costa Rica with Gibson, who told Eszterhas’s 15-year-old son about a violent sexual fantasy he concocted starring his baby mama Oksana Grigorieva.
“To put that imagery in a 15-year-old boy’s head I think is heinous, I think it’s vile and I think it’s unforgivable,” Eszterhas said, adding he’s got a recording of the “threatening harangue” and is undecided over what to do with it.
Eszterhas said Gibson’s conduct “in Costa Rica was so bad, my son Nick grabbed a butcher knife from the kitchen and slept with it under his bed, he was so frightened.”
Asked why he continued working with Gibson, Eszterhas said he did not bring his family around Gibson from that point on, but was obligated to live up to his contract to pen the script.
Mel of course claimed Eszterhas’ letter was all lies and Jew propaganda in a response letter he sent the press, but astute readers will note that he still apologizes for all those things he supposedly didn’t do. He said in the letter:
The great majority of the statements and actions attributed to me in your letter are utter fabrications.
I will acknowledge like most creative people I am passionate and intense. I was very frustrated that when you arrived at my home at the expense of both Warner Brothers and myself you hadn’t written a single word of a script… I did react more strongly than I should have.
I promptly sent you a written apology, the colorful words of which you apparently now find offensive. Let me now clearly apologize to you and your family in the simplest of terms.
Yes, Mel’s just “passionate” and “intense.” Just like how I’m “Ruebenesque” and “vivacious,” not “morbidly obese” and “manic.” It’s all in how you rephrase it.