Mel Gibson’s next movie is going to be … awkward

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After his last movie, The Beaver, tanked at the box office because no one wants to watch an abusive, misogynistic, racist, homophobic, anti-semite talk through a puppet for an hour and a half, Mel Gibson has decided to jump back in the director’s seat by making a movie about Jewish hero Judah Maccabee. Which I’m sure absolutely no one will have a problem with and will end just swimmingly for everyone. The Huffington Post reports:

Deadline broke the news that Gibson and Warner Bros. are teaming on a film about the hero who led a small band of Jews against mighty Seleucids armies and, among other things, liberated Jerusalem. Gibson will produce the picture, and potentially direct, too. It would seem a curious choice for Gibson, who has a past checkered with accusations — and admitted utterances — of anti-semitic sentiment. His 2004 film, “The Passion of the Christ,” was a blockbuster hit but proved wildly divisive, with Jewish audiences taking offense to the way Israelis were portrayed. According to the LA Times, Gibson has long wanted to do a film about Maccabee, and considering doing so as a followup to “Passion.”

Yeah, I’m sure he’s been wanting to do this for a while. I’m guessing ever since his publicist told him it would be a good way to convince everyone that he isn’t completely out of his mind and doesn’t hate everyone who is different than him. Seriously, that would be like the Bachmanns staging a revival of Rent. Or Michael Richards doing a remake of Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. Man, that’s just a needlessly complicated title …

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