Ut Unum Sint

File Under: Catholics working together.

First, in February, screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald sued Mel Gibson and Icon Productions over compensation for Fitzgerald’s work on The Passion. The language was pretty heated for a legal brief:

“Fitzgerald, after lengthily describing his own Catholicism and fervent belief in the project (which he claims is how he got hired in the first place), says Gibson ‘preyed monetarily’ on him, ‘taking advantage of his unbridled enthusiasm for the project and with full cognizance of [Fitzgerald’s] fundamental personal and spiritual beliefs. In making a mockery of his own purported belief system, Gibson callously and greedily exploited [Fitzgerald],’ the suit read. ‘He shamelessly minted and cobbled gobbles of money from ‘The Pasion.’ And just as Gibson extracted shared screenplay credit from [Fitzgerald], he also extracted sums of money due [Fitzgerald],’ the suit continued.”

“Minted and cobbled gobbles of money?” Wow. He also alleged that Gibson said that the movie was “a personal gift to his faith,” and that “‘because he was so rich,’ he wouldn’t take a cut of any profits, but that they would be divided among the other people who worked on the movie, ‘excluding Gibson.’” Wow again.

What followed has been torturous and ugly. One hilarious example: Gibson claimed that Fitzgerald “waited too long to file his suit and hasn’t offered an adequate explanation for the delay.” O-kay then. And so on. Anyway, it looks like Fitzgerald will get his, or rather Gibson’s, day in court.

Wow, this is ugly. These guys labored together over The Passion, fer Pete’s sake.

[Nota Bene: The attached photo is included only because that beard is awesome.]


  1. notrelatedtoted says

    And the Smiths just announced that they are reuniting. Coincidence? Will dogs make friends with cats? Obama and Hillary? Team of Mavericks?!?!


  2. Lawschoolstudent says

    “Already indeed there is plainly a fault among you, that you have lawsuits one with another. Why do you not rather take wrong? Why do you not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?”
    -I Cor. 6:7.

  3. re: the beard – Is he preparing to play Saddam Hussein?

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