One of history's greatest Jewish heroes is to be honored in film by . . . Mel Gibson. Hello?? The Braveheart auteur, who made waves with a drunken anti-Semitic rant in '06, plans to star in and/or direct a Joe Eszterhas-scripted film about Judah Maccabee, the Jewish warrior who led an uprising against the Seleucid Empire in Judea between 167 and 160 B.C. (He inspired the celebration of Hanukkah.)
Jewish leaders are angry. Simon Wiesenthal Center founder Rabbi Marvin Hier says casting Mel in the part "is like casting . . . a white supremacist as trying to portray Martin Luther King Jr. It's simply an insult to Jews."