The Washington Post is already stoking the fires of controversy over Mel Gibson’s next project, which hasn’t even started filming yet.
Gibson, whose film “The Passion of the Christ” was seen by some critics as anti-Semitic and whose father is on record as doubting the Holocaust, may not take an executive producer credit on “Flory.” But his attachment to the project has attracted the attention of some Jewish groups.
Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles said the project would give “Gibson a chance to redeem himself from the controversy over ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ which did not portray Jews fairly.”
Hier said the project would also “provide a first-class education for his father, who is a Holocaust denier.”
Gibson’s ultraconservative Catholic father, Hutton Gibson, is on record as doubting the Holocaust, describing it last year as “maybe not all fiction, but most of it is.”