The roller coaster that is Mel Gibson just did a loop-de-loop … and then derailed and crashed onto the helpless spectators below.
We reported last week that Gibson and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas would no longer be collaborating on "The Maccabees," the proposed historical epic about Jewish hero Judah Maccabee. Warner Bros. and Gibson rejected Eszterhas' draft, to which Eszterhas countered with an angry letter to Gibson accusing him of being anti-Semitic to the point of full-blown psychosis.
Eszterhas also accused Gibson of various rants and ravings during their production meetings, which the "Lethal Weapon" star denies ever happening. Well, Eszterhas has now produced evidence of these tantrums in the form of an audio recording — and suffice to say that the Passion of Mel Gibson makes Christian Bale's infamous meltdown on the set of "Terminator: Salvation" seem like a "Sesame Street" sketch in comparison.
The recording was made on an iPod by Eszterhas' 15-year-old son, Nick, at Gibson's Costa Rica home, where the host screamed at the visiting screenwriter for not having delivered the "Maccabees" script before going off on his other house guests silently trembling at the dinner table as he stomps around.
We can't really print any of the details here, so it's best if you listen to it for yourself (on your headphones if you're at work or within earshot of those none too fond of F-bombs), courtesy of The Wrap. It sounds like Gibson could use some of that radical therapy his character undertook in "The Beaver" himself.
One thing's for sure: Mad Max is gone. Now there is only Mad Mel.