It’s been 10 years since Adam Goldberg played an overcoat-wearing, kick-ass Jew named Mordechai Jefferson Carver in the “Jewxploitation” flick The Hebrew Hammer. Beginning this spring, the Hammer is back, this time for a sequel called — get ready — The Hebrew Hammer vs Hitler, slated to start production this May in New York City, with Goldberg attached to once again play Mordechai, and the original movie’s filmmaker Jonathan Kesselman back to direct.
The movie takes time travel and pours a bucket of Manischewitz all over it. Mordechai tries to prevent a time-traveling Hitler from rewriting Jewish history, with Goldberg also slated to take on the role of Jesus. Kesselman hopes a Last Supper Scene will be filled with notable Jews, including Mel Brooks and Larry David. So far, more than $40,000 has been raised towards production on the crowdfunding site Jewcer.com.
Kesselman praised Goldberg, telling EW, “We cracked the story for the sequel together, and writing with him in mind the second-time around made this script funnier and more specific as I got the ability not to just write the character, but write the character with an understanding of Adam’s specific and very, very funny voice.”
In a meandering, funny, in-depth conversation with EW, Goldberg, now 42, talked about being on board for a sequel, being half Jewish yet always typecast as a Jewish character, the potential for controversy for anything smacking of humor having to do with the Holocaust and Hitler (Springtime for Hitler in Mel Brooks’ The Producers, anyone?), needing to lose weight (not really), and whether he’ll wear that amazing black overcoat again. READ FULL STORY