Bad Timing :: Hollywood Elsewhere
The link above references this morning's Eszterhas appearance on TODAY--interviewed by Ann Curry.
Guessing that a lot of Eszterhas' comments alleging what Gibson said are true.
But at the same time, it does seem that Eszterhas is repeating the same kind of generating-publicity-for-me tactic he engaged in around 1990--when Eszterhas (two years before his greatest hit as a screenwriter--BASIC INSTINCT--and five years before his ubercampy bellyflop SHOWGIRLS) and then CAA-agency-head Michael Ovitz had a war of words where Ovitz apparently mentioned something about having "foot soldiers" on Wilshire Boulevard.
[Here's a link to David Plotz's 1998 profile of Eszterhas for Slate.com:
A big difference between the two incidents is that in 1990, Eszterhas at least dared to pick a fight with someone who had greater power (Ovitz).
Whereas in 2012, Joe Eszterhas is kicking around a former superstar who, through his anti-Semitism and misogyny, has managed to lower his Hollywood profile to, at best, the likelihood of only having a viable career as a director (safe to say that Mel talked/raged himself out of aging-star leading-and-supporting roles; his latest film GET THE GRINGO aka HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION slated for satellite TV premiere then DVD release).