Ever heard the old adage about making an author/writer angry? The one that finishes with "for your name might rhyme with 'rutabaga'."
When Mel Gibson and Warner Brothers fired writer Joe Eszterhas (screenwriter of "Basic Instinct", "Showgirls") over his incomplete and badly written manuscript for a movie project about Jewish hero Judas Maccabee, both are finding out rather quickly about that adage. Eszterhas got tired of spreading his angry rants to any media representative that would ignore him and write a novella titled "Heaven and Mel", which he released this weekend through Amazon's Kindle bookstore.
Never make the writer angry. Maybe Gibson doesn't rhyme with "rutabaga", but Eszterhas doesn't pull a punch in what is essentially a whine fest about the actor/director. Eszterhas is so desperate to have you sympathize with his put upon position. He's defended a brilliant man who has written and directed the quintessential move about Jesus Christ only to find out that the accusations are true. And then, still goes on to take the screenwriters job for that same "monster" after accusing others who supposedly knew that Gibson was a monster and still sold out to promote the man's work.
Eszterhas's rant was largely ignored by the media soon after his firing from the movie project that Gibson and Warner Brothers were putting together. The story of Jewish hero, Judas Maccabee is set to begin filming as soon as the script is finished -- as early as this year. Eszterhas was fired because his script wasn't completed by the deadline set by Gibson and the studio, nor did it tell the story the way both wanted it to be told.
"Heaven and Mel" is just one big rant after another, whining the entire time that he wasn't treated fairly by a Hollywood despot. His prose is unreliable and childish; his narrative is more about getting that rant out to anyone who read it than telling the actual story. Eszterhas whines that Gibson's publicist and agent continue to support Gibson long after the "truth" is revealed about Gibson's anti-Semitism, and accuses them of selling out for the money that Gibson rakes in. But according to Eszterhas, he too found the "proof" of Gibson's anti-Semitism soon after the release of "The Passion of the Christ," but yet he still willingly signed that contract to produce the Maccabee script. And this comes from the man who confesses at the beginning of the book that he denied his dying father a last glimpse of his grandchildren because of anti-Semitic behavior during World War II.
"Heaven and Mel" is just another book telling the same details over and over again about this writer's mercurial reaction to being fired. You'll learning nothing new about Mel Gibson than you already knew and Eszterhas' perspective doesn't add any new details. Save yourself the $2.99 and catch it on the internet.
Lexington, how do you feel about Mel Gibson? Do you still watch his movies? Will you read this ebook anyway? Tell me, I'd love to know.
"Heaven and Mel" is available only as an ebook and only through Amazon.com's Kindle store front. But you can find the movies of Joe Eszterhas and Mel Gibson locally from Best Buy in the Hamburg Pavilion Shopping Center or on Nicholasville Road, near the New Circle Road exit, as well as or Barnes & Noble in the Hamburg Pavilion Shopping Center at Man o' War Blvd and Sir Barton Way.
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