Mel Gibson will never be allowed to work on a big budget movie again because of his "hateful statements" against Jews last year (06) - according to the Jewish writer of Lethal Weapon 4.
Gibson famously made anti-Semitic remarks during his arrest for driving under the influence in July 2006. He was sentenced to three years probation, fined $1,300 (GBP650) and ordered to attend Alcoholic Anonymous meetings for a year.
And Jonathan Lemkin, who wrote the story for 1998's Lethal Weapon 4, believes Gibson's drunken rant has left studio bosses nervous about casting him in future blockbusters.
Speaking at the U.K. DVD launch for action film Shooter, he tells WENN, "I don't know if there will be a Lethal Weapon 5 because I don't think studio bosses will have him in those kind of big summer films. He did make hateful statements. I don't know how his rehabilitation went - and he is a wonderful actor and filmmaker - but he is a hate monger."
However, Lemkin refused to be drawn on whether he would be involved with a screenplay for Lethal Weapon 5 if the opportunity arose, saying, "I couldn't answer that."