Mel Gibson to star in film about Jewish family and people are livid: 'Who better to explore and parody anti-Semitic tropes?'

Mel Gibson’s latest career news is that he’ll star in the black comedy Rothchild, alongside Shia LaBeouf. The Lethal Weapon star has several upcoming projects, and this new one is again drawing attention from social media — much of it negative — because of the subject matter.

Rothchild is described as a film about Becket Rothchild (played by LaBeouf), whose mother was disowned by one of New York’s wealthiest families when he was a baby. As an adult, Becket schemes to quietly get inside the Rothchilds’ upper-crust world, eliminate the family members standing in his way and claim his birthright.

Gibson stars as family patriarch Whitelaw, the villain of the movie. None of this sits well with those who recall Gibson’s anti-Semitic remarks recorded in the police report for his July 2006 arrest on suspicion of drunk driving. According to police, Gibson said several profanities about Jews and that, “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”

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HANDOUT PHOTO - Booking photo of Mel Gibson taken July 28, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. On August 3, 2006, Gibson was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, having an elevated blood-alcohol level and an open container of liquor in his car when he was pulled over in Malibu last week. Gibson was arrested July 28, 2006 for drunk driving after he was caught speeding and, according to authorities, had a blood alcohol reading of 0.12 percent. (HANDOUT PHOTO taken by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department) (Photo by WireImage House/WireImage)
MALIBU, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Actor Mel Gibson leaves his progress report hearing at the Malibu courthouse concerning his no-contest plea to misdemeanor drunken driving February 13, 2008 in Malibu, California. Gibson is still on probation for 18 more months. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Actor Mel Gibson leaves his progress report hearing at the Malibu courthouse concerning his no-contest plea to misdemeanor drunken driving February 13, 2008 in Malibu, California. Gibson is still on probation for 18 more months. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
EL SEGUNDO, CA - MARCH 16: In this handout photo provided by the El Segundo Police Department, Mel Gibson is pictured in a booking photo at the El Segundo Police Department on March 16, 2011 in El Segundo, California. Gibson entered a plea of no contest March 11 to a charge of misdemeanor battery against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and was placed on probation. (Photo by El Segundo Police Department via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Actor Mel Gibson appears at the Los Angeles Courthouse Airport branch on March 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Gibson entered a plea of no contest to a charge of misdemeanor battery against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and was placed on probation. (Photo by Mark Boster-Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 31: Actor Mel Gibson reacts during a hearing in a Los Angeles Superior Court to finalize financial issues in a long-running custody battle with former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva on August 31, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Gibson will pay Grigorieva, the mother of his 22-month-old daughter, USD 750,000 under a settlement reached concerning the former couple's financial issues. The settlement also stipulates that Gibson and Grigorieva's daughter, Lucia, must receive the same financial benefits as Gibson's other children and a trust must be established for her. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 31: Actor Mel Gibson attends a hearing in a Los Angeles County Courthouse to finalize financial issues between him and his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva on August 31, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 31: Actor Mel Gibson attends a hearing in a Los Angeles Superior Court to finalize financial issues in a long-running custody battle between Mel Gibson and former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva on August 31, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Gibson will pay Grigorieva, the mother of his 22-month-old daughter, USD 750,000 under a settlement reached concerning the former couple's financial issues. The settlement also stipulates that Gibson and Grigorieva's daughter, Lucia, must receive the same financial benefits as Gibson's other children and a trust must be established for her. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Gibson apologized for his words at the time and stopped drinking alcohol, which he said had caused his rant.

When he was asked about the incident during an Oct. 2016 interview with Variety, he was frustrated.

“It was an unfortunate incident,” Gibson said. “I was loaded and angry and arrested. I was recorded illegally by an unscrupulous police officer who was never prosecuted for that crime. And then it was made public by him for profit, and by members of — we’ll call it the press. So, not fair. I guess as who I am, I’m not allowed to have a nervous breakdown, ever.”

He continued, “Ten years have gone by. I’m feeling good. I’m sober, all of that kind of stuff, and for me it’s a dim thing in the past. But others bring it up, which kind of I find annoying, because I don’t understand why after 10 years it’s any kind of issue.”

Reaction to the news Gibson will now star in Rothchild was swift — and negative.

Rothchild is one of several movies Gibson has in the works, including one in which he plays Santa Claus.

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