Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Arts and Entertainment

Mel Gibson Goes on Leno to Explain His Latest Expletive-Laden Rant Against Joe Eszterhas

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

Mel Gibson went on Jay Leno—ostensibly to plug his straight-to-video Direct TV project “Get the Gringo”—but he also gave Leno an explanation about why he completely unloaded on screenwriter Joe Eszterhas.

Eszterhas, the guy who wrote "Showgirls," was hired to create a biopic about Judah Maccabee, the Jewish freedom fighter and hero of the Hannukah story. But Gibson told Leno that Eszterhas was late with the script and when he finally turned it in, it was so bad that Warner Bros. flat-out rejected it.

He told Leno, "It's kind of like: You build a house, you hire a guy to put a roof on it, he comes over and eats lunch and talks about the roof and then you get rained on all night—wouldn't you be kind of peeved?"

Support for LAist comes from

Of course, Gibson was more than a little peeved—an audio recording captured him having an all-out rage-attack at his home in Costa Rica.

Gibson told Leno that nowadays he feels like he’s living in a B-movie: "How did I get here? It is bizarre."

Mel Gibson's Rant: Joe Eszterhas Releases Recording He Says Proves the F Word-loving Actor Needs "psychiatric help"
Anti-Defamation League is Not Psyched About Mel Gibson's Film About a Jewish Hero
Ladies: Mel Gibson is Totally, Officially, Legally Single Now