It’s pretty well documented that Mel Gibson isn’t a huge fan of the Jews. So it was pretty surprising to hear that the cool and collected star is planning to direct a film about one of Judaism’s biggest heroes, Judah Maccabee. All allegations of Mel’s bigotries aside, he’s really obsessed with religion and really bloody battles.

Remember The Passion of The Christ? Not sure what’s motivating Mel, but it’s going to take more than a gory retelling of the Hannukah tale to shake off the anti-semitic label he has so publicly displayed in a variety of drunken tirades.