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Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas has published an e book for Amazon about the time he spent trying to work with Mel Gibson. Eszterhas is a controversial figure himself. After a brush with death, he writes, he became a born again Christian. He also discovered that his own Hungarian father was a Nazi collaborator. His recounting of the time he worked with Gibson is called “Heaven and Mel.” It’s a fascinating read and only costs $2.99. It confirms every bad thing about Mel Gibson from the inside: the anti-Semitism, alcoholism, rages, anger, etc.

Here are a few excerpts, with some foul language that I have not redacted:

“Mel lit up another Winston as soon as he finished the first one and I saw now that he was a chain smoker, just like I had been for so many years. This time he made less of an effort to blow the smoke out the door. I started to cough a little bit and cleared my throat. “Geez, I’m sorry,” Mel said. “It’s okay,” I said, and Mel kept smoking. “How old is your priest?” Mel asked. “In his forties somewhere.” “He’s not really a priest then.” I didn’t understand. “Any priest who came after Vatican II in the Sixties isn’t a real priest,” Mel said. I still didn’t understand. “That’s when the church got ruined,” he said. “Read Bella Dodd.” “Who’s Bella Dodd?” I’d never heard of Bella Dodd. “She’s a former Commie who testified about the Commies taking over the Catholic Church.”

HE TRASHES PEOPLE ALL THE TIME. Of his co-writer on “The Passion,” Benedict Fitzgerald, he says, “He can’t write. I wrote that whole script. And then he had the balls to sue me for more money! I’m the best thing that ever happened to him.” Of Randall Wallace, who wrote “Braveheart” and has worked on other films with him: “He’s a loser. He’s worthless. He wouldn’t have a career without me.” Of Brian Helgeland, who wrote and directed “Payback” and wrote “Edge of Darkness”: “I got him his first directing job and he turned on me. He’s an ingrate. He used me.”

Of James Carroll, Catholic author and a columnist for The Boston Globe: “He’s a grade-A number one asshole!” Of Philip Anschutz, the head of Walden Media: “They fucked me in the ass. They ripped me off. He’s supposed to be a great Christian.” Of his longtime and loyal publicity manager Alan Nierob: “Don’t ever mention his wig to him. It’s the ugliest wig anyone has ever seen. He’s a fucking pussy. When his sister died, I literally had to hold him in my arms.” The only person I hear him praise is the director Dick Donner, with whom he did five films. Donner, an underrated director and a nice man, also once said, “I have a bust of Abraham Lincoln in my office. And it’s not because of the greatness he did for our country. It’s because whenever I look at it, I have to remember that an actor killed him.”

SAYS TO ME, “I’ve tried therapy and it doesn’t work.” He says to Naomi, “I have so much rage and no one can tell me where it comes from.” Naomi says, “Did your dad get that angry?” Mel says, “No. Hutton could work up some steam, but nothing like me.” Naomi says, “Did your brothers?” Mel grins and says, Oh, yeah.”

THE SUN IS SETTING IN MALIBU and Mel and I are out on the patio talking about Alan Nierob, my former publicity agent and Mel’s present one, a man both of us view as a friend. “Do you know his dad is a Holocaust survivor?” I ask Mel. He looks at me with that flinty eye. “The Holocaust is mostly a lot of horseshit,” he says. I know he’s goading me. He knows how I feel about the Holocaust…

“They’re just a bunch of oven dodgers,” he smiles. It is an actorly smile, the kind of smile Robert Mitchum did so well in “The Night of the Hunter.”

More to come…


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6 replies to this post
  1. Mels views on the holocaust are right on, taking that stand has ruined his relationship with evil Jews who realize that the lies from the holocaust are going to be exposed as more time goes by.
    The Jews are out to destroy him plain and simple.
    Mel is one of the few that has the balls to stand up to the corruption of Hollywood.

    Joe Rizoli

  2. It seems to me Joe Eszterhas is a very very sour man. I am sure that Mel has issues, you don’t?

    If everyone told on folks the way Joe did, there would not be enough paper, specially in Hollywood.

    I would say his was a sad reaction, but frankly it tilts more on the pathetic .

  3. Mel is truly one of the most versatile actors in film. The few other truly versatile actors like Hackman, Freeman, Walken, Duvall, amazing as they are, simply do not have Mel’s durable star power. His future Guiness, Burton-like career has no limits. Mel is destined for one of the greatest of all films that only he can do. He is the most daring producer/performer in film.

  4. Why the uproar about Mel?

    So many actors are “out there” when it comes to behavior…but that’s part of their creativity.

    Media cuts the rest of them slack all the time, even those who are genuinely dangerously nuts.

    I think the issue here is more about contempt for religion and the fact Mel is a devout Catholic. And I definately agree, Vatican II emasculated the church and paved the way for problems like pedophile priests flourishing rather than being rooted out.

    Finally, I do believe Mel is a good example of smoking stunting your growth…though he is a good 4 inches taller than Tom Cruise.

  5. So Mel thinks the Holocaust is a joke, huh? Let him work in a pizza parlor for a week and see how funny he thinks THAT is! The Germans must have sweated their gonads off.

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