Mel Gibson to star as Rothschild in dark comedy about NY’s super-rich

Gibson will star as Whitelaw Rothchild in a “dark satire.” Given Gibson’s history of anti-Semitic comments, it “seems like a very bad idea,” W Magazine says.

By World Israel News Staff

Mel Gibson is “set to star in dark satire Rothchild about New York’s super rich,” reports Deadline, a Hollywood breaking news outlet.

“The project, whose title puns on the wealthy Rothschild group, charts how charismatic outcast Becket Rothchild plots his way back into his family’s riches, setting himself on a collision course with patriarch Whitelaw Rothchild. On the way, he must infiltrate the weird and twisted lives of his super-rich kin including frat boys, hipster artists, and reality TV stars,” says Deadline.

Mr. Gibson is to play Whitelaw, while Shia LaBeouf will act the role of Becket.

“Mel Gibson and Shia LaBeouf’s Rothchild Movie Seems Like a Very Bad Idea” was the title of a W Magazine article about the upcoming film.

“Gibson, in addition to his arrest for domestic violence, has a history of making anti-Semitic remarks,” writes the American women’s fashion magazine. “When the actor was arrested for drunk driving in 2006, he let forth a string of anti-Semitic slurs, saying ‘F***ing Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,'” the magazine notes.

In addition, “Gibson’s father, writer Hutton Gibson, is a famous Holocaust denier (he describes the event as ‘fiction’) who claims that the formation of the Second Vatican Council was ‘a Masonic plot backed by the Jews,”’ says W Magazine.

“It’s darkly fitting to see Gibson starring in Rothchild, a film quite obviously based on the Rothschild banking family, the subject of several widespread anti-Semitic conspiracies,” the magazine says.

Gabrielle Stewart of Hanway Films, which is involved in launching the movie this week, calls it an “edgy dark comedy.”

The movie is “a real twist on the classic rags to riches story. The divide between the super rich and the rest of the world is an ever growing one, and it’s both fun and fascinating to delve into its inner bowels along with our hero trying to scramble to the top and claim his piece,” says Ms. Stewart.