The news of Mel Gibson’s latest casting has sparked new controversy over the actor’s history of anti-Semitic remarks.
On Monday, Deadline reported that Gibson would be joining Shia LaBeouf in the film “Rothchild”, a “dark satire” about a generation conflict within a wealthy Jewish family.
Gibson is set to play Whitelaw Rothchild, the patriarch of the family, whose name resembles the real life Rothschilds.
The news of Gibson’s new role was met with immediate backlash, with many digging up Gibson’s old anti-Semitic rants.
As The Guardian notes, in 2006 Gibson went on an anti-Semitic rant against a California police officer.
In 2014, a recording revealed the actor using racist language in a voicemail for his ex Oksana Grigorieva.
In a 2010 GQ profile, Winona Ryder alleged that Gibson had once referred to “oven dodgers” when he learned that she was Jewish.
On Tuesday, Gibson responded to the backlash, telling The Daily Beast: “I feel the need to spare you any embarrassment as I’m told this film is about a fictional family (hence the name ‘Rothchild’) vs the Rothschild family to which you are referring.”
The response did not address the similarities between the film’s fictional Rothchild family and the real Rothschilds, or Gibson’s past remarks.