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Heaven and Mel (Kindle Single)

Heaven and Mel (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Joe Eszterhas
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Joe Eszterhas and Mel Gibson had a global confrontation in April of this year over their movie "The Maccabees". "Heaven and Mel" is Eszterhas's explosive, unabridged, no-holds-barred account. It is a Hollywood story but it's not. It is the story of love and hatred, of anti-Semitism and fathers and sons, and of a movie star's tragic sexual obsession. It is the story of God and the Devil, devastating but often hilarious. It is Joe Eszterhas at his best: two-fisted, movingly sensitive, always outrageous.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 234 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087PTQ96
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Hell being Mel 5 Jun 2012
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Joe Eszterhas is hired to write a script for a "Jewish Braveheart" movie which Mel Gibson will direct called "The Maccabees" - except when the script was written, the studio Warner Bros. didn't want to make the picture and Mel didn't respond to Joe at all. The picture was dead in the water and Joe felt Mel had led him on, that Mel never intended to make the movie at all, it was all just PR to help his image. So Joe got his own back on Mel, writing this tell-all book about his time with Mel Gibson and it's pretty revealing.

The book is great fun to read, confirming what most people already think about Mel Gibson - that he is losing his mind. There are moments in the book where he flat out starts screaming and raging for no real reason, one time flying off the handle because he sees a picture of himself looking old and balding! We get to peek behind the curtain at the privileged life of Mel's, his luxury Malibu home, his church, his mansion in the Costa Rican mountainside - it's really an amazing life which makes his unhappiness all the more palpable.

As for the content about Mel, the crazy stuff was already written about in the 9 page letter from Joe which preceded this book, though there are some other revelations about Mel such as his hair implants and the nickname for his penis - "Benny the Rat". The book sets the scene for the crazed rants well and shows a man who has it all behaving like a spoilt brat. It's a refreshing look at a movie star from the kind of softball interviews we tend to see on TV and junkets.

While Mel comes across as a sociopath and a man on his way to a breakdown or heart attack, Joe comes across as a bit sanctimonious and above it all, like a lot of fervent religious people.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pompous Ass Outs Utter Monster 17 Jun 2013
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There aren't a lot of reasons to read this book except to address the nagging feeling - a feeling shared by many people - that Mel Gibson is a lot more unpleasantly crazy than the occasional leaked tapes and police reports suggest.
On that front, "Heaven and Mel" is absolutely everything you could want; a portrait of a desperate, disturbed, dangerous Hollywood burn out in all his ranting, racist, capricious, petulant, aggressive non-glory.
Unfortunately, this is a portrait painted by Joe Esterhaz, a man who comes off as a spoiled Hollywood hack in his own right. From the opening lines about Joe finding God (conveniently after getting throat cancer) to his staggeringly arrogant belief that God or any other Catholic entity actually cares which movie gets made and by whom, Esterhaz manages to feel detached from reality in a distinctly showbiz way.
As such, whilst the schaudenfraude desire to hear juicy gossip about Gibson is fulfilled in spades, the man dishing the dirt never comes off as overly likeable or normal. As an audience, we may be shocked by Mel Gibson's raging, spittle-flecked race hate, misogyny and oddball religious mania, but we also never quite empathise with our narrator.
In summation, if even ten per cent of Esterhaz's allegations are accurate, then Gibson is a hateful, crazy monster. It's just a shame he's a monster being outed by a blowhard.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but biased and flawed 12 Jun 2012
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I have no doubt that everything written about Mel Gibson in this short book is true. There is too much audio evidence on Youtube to argue otherwise. Mel doesn't seem to just have a bad temper, he sounds psychologically unhinged. You don't have to be a medical professional to say that some kind of therapy is definitely in order. Joe Eszterhas gives a quite enlightening and entertaining account of his period working with the famous actor. This is true Hollywood gossip of the old school, and if you enjoy that sort of thing it is a good buy at a reasonable price.

Having said all that, the book left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. The author would appear to have quite a few "issues" himself, which he fails to notice, all the while pointing out every time Gibson puts a foot wrong (in his view). For example, Eszterhas seems to see it as his God-given mission to write the most tremendous film script ever about a Jewish religious period - despite the fact that he himself is Catholic. This is no doubt linked to the fact that Eszterhas found out that his father had written some anti-semitic articles 60 years previously, for which he duly disowned him, never again speaking to him.

What sticks in the craw most, however, is the way that Eszterhas glides smoothly over the fact that despite being traumatised and horrified by Gibson's outbursts on several occasions, including the infamous Costa Rica one, he still tries to get his movie made with him! By his own account Eszterhas was still in contact with Gibson's company on this subject in March 2012. It is difficult not to conclude that if Gibson had agreed to make the movie, we would never have heard a peep from the author.

So, overall it is entertaining, but while this is a hit-job on Gibson, Eszterhas doesn't come off particularly well either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read as fiction and you might enjoy it. 14 May 2014
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When I picked this to read I wasn't already aware of the story behind it. I knew that Mel Gibson had said some nasty things when arrested for drunk-driving a few years ago. I didn't know about the other events, the ones that are in this book and are apparently public.

It's a fascinating read. You can tell Eszterhas is a writer used to creating tension and focussing a narrative. So I was gripped and read it in a day, which is fast for me (it's almost 40,000 words). Gibson comes across as a man who has his demons as well as a demonic temper. There's also a sense of just how rich he was that I guess I don't normally think about. Seen from a safe distance it was a wild ride.

The question, raised by other commenters, of Eszterhas' role in events - I can't speak to the truth of his version of events. There are some things that occur that raised my eyebrows. He starts the story with his own religious conversion and openly states that a genuine miracle was involved in him choosing to write the script for Gibson's film. So when he describes Gibson as a religious nut you wonder at his objectivity but it does go to highlight just how far off the reservation Mel is (which is perhaps the point). Perhaps it's also a way of dodging cricitism about why he got involved (he signed after both Mel's initial anti-semitic comments and after his own personal experience of a Gibson rant).

But I've no reason to want to try to separate the inter-personal feuding from the truth here - I just enjoyed the ride while it lasted.
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