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    Turkey blackmails Mel Gibson who was offered role in film about Armenian Genocide

    27.11.2007 14:54 GMT+04:00

    PanARMENIAN.Net/ The Foundation for the Struggle Against Baseless Allegations of Genocide (ASIMED) has begun an e-mail campaign to dissuade actor Mel Gibson from playing a role in a film about the Armenian Genocide during World War I.

    The president of ASIMED and faculty member at Ataturk University’s history department, Professor Savas Egilmez, said that the Armenian Diaspora had assigned $100 million to Hollywood film production companies to encourage shooting of such a film. “Some Hollywood companies are preparing to shoot a film supporting the Armenian view. There is hearsay that Mel Gibson is to play a role in one of these films. The film is reported to be shot at Icon Productions, the company Gibson is a partner in,” said Egilmez.

    Egilmez reminded that a similar situation occurred recently when Sylvester Stallone announced his plans to play a role in a new film adaptation of the book “The Forty Days of Musa Dagh.” “After a campaign led by ASIMED in which more than 3,000 e-mails were sent to Stallone, the actor declined the role. The European press also expressed concerns about the book’s accuracy. We have begun sending documents about the truth of the situation to Gibson. We started an e-mail campaign to urge him to decline the role and to not allow this film to be shot at his production company. What we are facing is a new slander campaign on the level of the Midnight Express. We need to put pressure on this famous actor by telling him the truth of the matter,” Egilmez said, Zaman reports.

    Midnight Express is a 1978 film, based on Billy Hayes' book of the same name adapted into screenplay by Oliver Stone. Hayes was a young American student sent to a Turkish prison for trying to smuggle hashish out of Turkey. The film won Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Score (Giorgio Moroder) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Stone). It was also nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role


    http://www.panarmenian.net/news/eng/?nid=24202

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    Originally posted by Helen View Post
    Turkey blackmails Mel Gibson who was offered role in film about Armenian Genocide

    27.11.2007 14:54 GMT+04:00

    PanARMENIAN.Net/ The Foundation for the Struggle Against Baseless Allegations of Genocide (ASIMED) has begun an e-mail campaign to dissuade actor Mel Gibson from playing a role in a film about the Armenian Genocide during World War I.

    The president of ASIMED and faculty member at Ataturk University’s history department, Professor Savas Egilmez, said that the Armenian Diaspora had assigned $100 million to Hollywood film production companies to encourage shooting of such a film. “Some Hollywood companies are preparing to shoot a film supporting the Armenian view. There is hearsay that Mel Gibson is to play a role in one of these films. The film is reported to be shot at Icon Productions, the company Gibson is a partner in,” said Egilmez.

    Egilmez reminded that a similar situation occurred recently when Sylvester Stallone announced his plans to play a role in a new film adaptation of the book “The Forty Days of Musa Dagh.” “After a campaign led by ASIMED in which more than 3,000 e-mails were sent to Stallone, the actor declined the role. The European press also expressed concerns about the book’s accuracy. We have begun sending documents about the truth of the situation to Gibson. We started an e-mail campaign to urge him to decline the role and to not allow this film to be shot at his production company. What we are facing is a new slander campaign on the level of the Midnight Express. We need to put pressure on this famous actor by telling him the truth of the matter,” Egilmez said, Zaman reports.

    Midnight Express is a 1978 film, based on Billy Hayes' book of the same name adapted into screenplay by Oliver Stone. Hayes was a young American student sent to a Turkish prison for trying to smuggle hashish out of Turkey. The film won Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Score (Giorgio Moroder) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Stone). It was also nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role


    http://www.panarmenian.net/news/eng/?nid=24202
    This story is a load of crap, a total fabrication. Neither actor has seriously considered or even raised the funding for such a movie. Both actors are sympathetic to the Armenian cause but the Armenian community has also not raised any funding nor is there any plan for a film adaptation of the Forty Days of Musa Dagh (although there should be). Furthermore, I doubt a writing campaign from some Turks is going to dissuade anyone. Did it dissuade Egoyan? This story has more to do with a couple of Turkish "History" Professors wanting attention.
    General Antranik (1865-1927): “I am not a nationalist. I recognize only one nation, the nation of the oppressed.”

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    • #3
      Agreed - its laughable.
      Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?
      Adolf Hitler (22 August 1939)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by 1.5 million View Post
        Agreed - its laughable.
        Stallone makes one comment to an interviewer saying he'd enjoyed reading the Forty Days of Musa Dagh and it was an inspiration and that perhaps one day he'd like to be in a movie depiction of the story and from all of this the rumors start flying. How Mel Gibson supposedly got caught up in this we'll never know.
        General Antranik (1865-1927): “I am not a nationalist. I recognize only one nation, the nation of the oppressed.”

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        • #5
          yeah...next Beyonce will express an interest...
          Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?
          Adolf Hitler (22 August 1939)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Joseph View Post
            I doubt a writing campaign from some Turks is going to dissuade anyone. Did it dissuade Egoyan?
            If only it had, if only it had.
            Plenipotentiary meow!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bell-the-cat View Post
              If only it had, if only it had.
              I was not satisfied with Ararat either.
              General Antranik (1865-1927): “I am not a nationalist. I recognize only one nation, the nation of the oppressed.”

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              • #8
                Neither Mel G, nor the production company (Icon) knows a thing about any such movie, the whole thing's a sham. God knows where they come up with this crap.
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