09/09/2011 04:41 pm ET Updated Nov 09, 2011

Mel Gibson Talks Judah Maccabee Film, Anti-Semitic Rants, Circumcision

The news that Mel Gibson is planning to make a film about Judah Maccabee is many things (confusing, offensive, a good party joke) but the fact remains: It's happening. (Most likely.)

Though Gibson's latest project is now a public punch line, for those in the know, this was old news.

A few years ago, The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg -at the urging of Christopher Hitchens - went to LA to "stop" the project.

He obviously did not, but he did get a good conversation. The two talked about Gibson's drunken, anti-semitism rants, Judaism and circumcision.

Mel Gibson: Hey, I was circumcised. That was more like just a medical procedure. It wasn't for religious purposes. Cleanliness or something.

Jeffrey Goldberg: Oh, yeah?

MG: I don't know what it was for. And one of the doctors made a wallet out of it.

JG: You rub it and it turns into a suitcase, right?

MG: Yes. Hey, did you know they use foreskins for replacing eyelids?

JG: No they don't.

MG: Yeah, they do.

JG: Come on, really?

MG: You tend to look a bit cock-eyed, though.

JG: I can't believe I just walked into that one.

MG: Me either.

For more, click over to The Atlantic.