Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who released a recording of a profanity-laced rant from Mel Gibson in April, now has an e-book coming out recounting his relationship with the disgraced actor and director.
Amazon will release the tome as part of its Kindle Single program on June 6, according to TheWrap.
“On a human level it’s a great story, and it can’t be told in a nine-page letter,” Eszterhas says, referring to a letter he released detailing Gibson’s alleged anti-Semitic speech. “Much of it is amusing, some of it is very serious and has to do with anti-Semitism and questions of values. But mostly it’s just very human. I view it as a terrific tale.”
Eszterhas and Gibson were supposed to work together on a film about the Maccabees, a Jewish rebel army in the second century. But when Eszterhas’ screenplay was rejected by Gibson, Eszterhas accused Gibson of making anti-Semitic remarks and threatening to kill his ex Oksana Grigorieva. Later Eszterhas provided audio proof of Gibson’s tirades in a recording allegedly made at Gibson’s home in Costa Rica in December 2011.
The book promises to shed even more light on Gibson’s erratic behavior.
“I can’t remember ever reading a more haunting, nuanced portrait of a Hollywood superstar in decline,” Dave Blum, editor of Kindle Singles, says. “This is an eyewitness account by a gifted storyteller of a man of faith at war with his demons. In the end, the demons win.”
Will you check out Eszterhas’ book?