Monday, April 15, 2024

Mel Gibson to Direct Jewish Actor, Andrew Garfield, in New Movie Despite 2006 Scandal


This should be interesting. There are reports that Mel Gibson is making a deal with LionsGate to direct a new movie called “Hacksaw Ridge.” The actor set to lead the cast is said to be Andrew Garfield, who most recently starred in of two “Amazing Spider Man” movies.

Garfield is currently shooting “Silence” with Martin Scorsese. He also happens to be Jewish. He is completely Jewish, too, with a lovely family whom I’ve met. This could pose a problem for Gibson, who is now more famous for making anti-Semitic remarks– and having a father who is an avowed Holocaust denier and anti Semite– than being a director or an actor.

In 2006, after being arrested for a DUI in Malibu, Gibson told the arresting office– who was Jewish– “Fucking Jews… the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. Are you a Jew?”

Thus began an explosive chapter in Gibson’s life. He owns a church in Malibu, not recognized by the Catholic archdiocese, that doesn’t believe in the pope or what’s known as Vatican II. The members of Gibson’s Holy Family church believe the Jews were responsible for the death of Christ. Gibson’s AP Reilly Foundation maintains the church, with a $70 million tax free war chest.

Gibson’s father, Hutton Gibson, was initially written about by Christopher Noxon in the New York Times Magazine around the time Gibson released his “Passion of the Christ,” a movie criticized for being anti-Semitic. Hutton Gibson has openly questioned “how the Nazis could have disposed of 6 million bodies.”

From Noxon’s article:
“Go and ask an undertaker or the guy who operates the crematorium what it takes to get rid of a dead body,” he said. “It takes one liter of petrol and 20 minutes. Now, six million?”

Across the table, Joye [Gibson’s wife] suddenly looked up from her plate. […] She had kept quiet most of the day, so it was a surprise when she cheerfully piped in. “There weren’t even that many Jews in all of Europe,” she said.

“Anyway, there were more after the war than before,” Hutton added.

The entire catastrophe was manufactured, said Hutton, as part of an arrangement between Hitler and “financiers” to move Jews out of Germany. Hitler “had this deal where he was supposed to make it rough on them so they would all get out and migrate to Israel because they needed people there to fight the Arabs,” he said.

Whether Garfield has actually agreed to be in the movie remains unknown. Producers may be using his name as bait. Two years ago Robert DeNiro backed out of being in a film with Gibson after his name was announced. He’d sworn never to work with Gibson not just because of his anti Semitic rants but because of his severely racist ones, too.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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