There aren't many Mel Gibson fans these days, but Mickey Rourke is one. He thinks Mel's just an easy target for haters. However, Rourke says he's not buying. He believes in Mel.
Rourke is primarily talking about the recent flak caused by Joe Eszterhas, who has deemed Gibson a "Jew hater" and worse. He thinks the writer is lying to gain publicity for himself by battering what is left of Mel's reputation.
According to Eszterhas, Gibson loves the fact that John Lennon is dead. In fact, he claims that Mel celebrates it. He also claims the actor wants to stab his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.
"We live in a town built on envy," says Rourke. He thinks if people can't make what someone else has, they sometimes try to take it away by concocting lies. Is that the case here?
Right now, it's a matter of Eszterhas's word against Gibson's. Sadly, neither man is exactly 100 percent honorable. Gibson has said and done things in his past that have earned him the a bad reputation when it comes to the Jewish faith. He has to live with those mistakes. Does that, however, mean he's stupid enough to repeat them?
Somehow that seems unlikely. There is little left of Gibson's career. If he decides to squander that with a continued vendetta against the Jews, then he deserves what he gets. But it's unlikely the man who gave the world Passion of the Christ has no positive feelings about the faith.
Whether or not, Gibson will get his latest film, The Maccabees, off the launch pad remains uncertain. However, it is an attempt of his to laud the actions of a rebel Jewish army that took Judea and expanded the territories of Israel. That hardly sounds like something a Jew hater would strive to do.
What do you think? Is Eszterhas just trying to stir up trouble or is Mel Gibson hiding a secret agenda?