And so the next Mel Gibson debacle begins…

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.”

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  • jasdye

    alright, i’m gonna dig at the relative bottom of the barrel here. i was just gonna say that “Attack of the 50 Ft Bean” was visually funny (not huge on puns, though i do like wordplay) and therefore, made me laugh. a little less, but still eliciting a smile, was “Predator v. Ms. Doubtfire.” and c’mon, you gotta giggle a little at “Lord of the Gigolos” “Frediricko Fellini’s 8 1/2 Mile” is a good idea, if not funny.

  • Gene Branaman

    “Land of the Lost in Translation” is hillairous! And “Attack of the 50 Foot Bean” made me giggle furiously but . . . I’m not sure why.