"My Week with Marilyn" seems to have jumpstarted a hot new genre of film about the behind the scenes shenanigans of the making of famous movies. Notice I said "famous" and not "classic." Currently at various stages of production are movies about the making of at least two Alfred Hitchcock movies as well as "Mary Poppins." What about a movie made about the behind the scenes shenanigans of a movie famous for why it was never made?
"My Week with Mel" anyone?
The recent revelations of the struggle for Joe Eszterhas to produce a screenplay for Mel Gibson about a legendary Jewish hero while also struggling-or so I think we must all be led to think-to not murder Mr. Gibson or at least keep from being murdered by him are appropriately distressing on an emotional level. But who will admit that these lurid stories of a raging Gibson gone completely mental over his hatred of Jews and ex-girlfriends is not also appropriately engaging drama? C'mon, admit it: you would much rather see a movie based on the making of Gibson's Maccabee movie than the Maccabee movie itself, wouldn't you?
The nine page letter from screenwriter (for lack of a better word) Joe Eszterhas to actor/director (for lack of better words) Mel Gibson set off quite the firestorm of controversy when it was made public. Eszterhas' words made Mel Gibson seem like a raging lunatic on top of his well documented anti-Semitism and misogyny. But they were just one half of the story from a guy who, to hear Mel tell it, had turned in a lousy script. But then again, what was Mel expecting from the guy who wrote "Showgirls"?
Then came the tape. The tape backs up part of Eszterhas' claim that Mel Gibson needs some very serious counseling and anti-psychotic drugs that actually work. The tape of Gibson-ever the righteous Catholic-dropping profanity they were rosary beads falling from a broken string cements the fact that Eszterhas' letter probably only gives us half the truth rather than none of the truth. The sad part seems to be that the other half is even worse and probably not suitable for public consumption.
The story of Judah Maccabee would make a great movie. Just not if it was written by Joe Eszterhas and not if Mel Gibson has anything to do with it. "My Week with Mel" would just be a much more entertaining movie. That's all.
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