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Mel Gibson Takes On Judah Maccabee: Hollywood Gets Angry Online

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Comedians, actors and writers react to the upcoming Warner Bros. movie with anger, jokes.

Mel Gibson and Joe Eszterhas are teaming up to make a big screen adaptation of the life of Jewish icon Judah Maccabee for Warner Bros. Religious leaders have already spoken out against the film, but it was only a matter of time before the rest of Hollywood saw the news and shared their thoughts with the world via Twitter.

Here are some highlights:

View co-host Joy Behar tweeted, "Mel Gibson is making a film about the life of Judah Maccabee. I’m smelling a Seder invite!"

Comedienne Shawn Pelofsky tweeted, "Mel Gibson and Warner Bros are teaming up to create a film about Judah Maccabbee. It's called 'Thanks for ruining Hanukkah'."

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West Wing actor Josh Malina wrote, “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." -- Mel Gibson (2006) Just the man to tell our story. Way to go, Warner Brothers!"

San Francisco writer Seth Friedman tweeted, "Eszterhas writes, Gibson directs.Should be glorious.I'd invest in it if I could, to truly bring the self-hate full circle."

Joel Berkowitz, the director of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee's Jewish Studies Program tweeted, "Surprised to learn that Mel Gibson is making a film about the Maccabees. Now awaiting a Spike Lee Joint about Lawrence Welk."

Howard Stern Show comedian Eli Braden says "Mel Gibson making a movie about Jews?? That's like Robin Williams making a movie about being calm!"