Hollywood Bosses Vow to Destroy Gibson
Newsmax.com – Thursday February 26, 2004
"I won't hire him. I won't support anything he's part of." So says a chairman of major Hollywood studio quoted today by The New York Times in its latest attack on Mel Gibson and "The Passion of the Christ."
Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, who along with Steven Spielberg are the big cheeses at the powerful DreamWorks, and who just happen to be Democrat activists, are angry about the movie, according to the Times. And the chairmen of two other big studios say they won't work with Gibson.
"Amid the daily dealings of Hollywood, the film and the star have been fodder for unfavorable gossip. Dustin Hoffman has talked to friends about what he called Mr. Gibson's 'strangeness' during the ABC interview. The producer Mike Medavoy said Mr. Gibson's religious zealotry made him feel uncomfortable," the Times fretted.
Others, however, think Tinseltown's notorious avarice will rule in the end.
"If the movie works, I don't think it will hurt him. People here will work with the Antichrist if he'll put butts in seats," said John Lesher, an agent with Endeavor.
And the butts, as Lesher so delicately puts it, are there. The $30 million movie made up to $20 million or more on its debut Wednesday, Box Office Mojo estimated today.
The Associated Press today estimated Wednesday's take at more than $20 million, with a total so far of up to $26 million including previews Monday and Tuesday.
Last updated 01/03/2004