On Friday night, Australian-born actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson appeared on the long-running Tonight Show with Jay Leno and gave a brief version and opinion of the sordid feud that has played out online between him and Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas. Mr. Gibson specifically made reference to the audio recording that Mr. Eszterhas’ teenage son secretly recorded at the actor’s palatial home near Playa Barrigona in Guanacaste:
“Well, you know, guy tapes you at your own home […] has it really come to the place where you can’t blow off steam in your own home? Even if you justify it? I mean, the guy writes a nine-page letter… I mean, if you put half as much time and effort into creativity and imagination into a screenplay, which he was supposed to write…”
Jay Leno then recapped the agreement between Mr. Eszterhas and Mr. Gibson, explaining that there was an upfront payment for his creative writing services. The screenplay apparently took longer than stipulated, which was the alleged catalyst for Mr. Gibson flying off the handle at his own vacation home in Costa Rica. After almost a year and half, Mr. Eszterhas turned in a script that was rejected by Warner Brothers on first reading.
“Maybe you don’t know this about me… I got a little bit of a temper.”
Mr. Gibson is also reported to be in talks with director Robert Rodriguez to take a part in Machete Kills, the sequel to a feature film that started as a mock trailer on his 2007 collaboration with Quentin Tarantino – Grindhouse. Machete, starring fearsome-looking actor Danny Trejo, was a ludicrous morality tale that was generally well-received. The unofficial synopsis for the sequel was posted by MTV:
“Machete is drafted by the U.S. government to track an arms dealer through Mexico before he can launch a rocket”
It is not clear what role Mr. Gibson would play in Machete Kills.