Joe Eszterhas, the screenwriter for the unreleased movie M.C.K.B.I., spoke at Park Synagogue in Cleveland Heights, Ohio on June 9th. The movie was to be a big screen adaption of the Chanukah story with actor Mel Gibson playing the role of Judah Maccabee. Eszterhas told the audience that he believes Gibson is prejudiced against Jewish people. He planned the film to be a sort of "Jewish Braveheart". Film studios have rejected the script.
Eszterhas is a Hungarian-American who grew up in Cleveland. He is the screenwriter for such movies as F.I.S.T. starring Sylvester Stallone and Telling Lies in America, a semi-autobiographical movie about Hungarian-Americans. Eszterhas told the synagogue audience about his "spiritual journey" and his upbringing.