Hebrew Hammer set to strike another blow


He's back. The protector of Judaism, the shield against antisemites, the "kike who won't cop out when gentiles are all about" is returning to face his ultimate foe: Adolf Hitler.

The Hebrew Hammer vs Hitler, will see its eponymous hero - bedecked in a black hat, peot and Chai medallion - use time travel to track down the Nazi leader and stop him wiping the Jews from history.

The sequel to the 2003 film The Hebrew Hammer features Adam Goldberg reprising his role as Mordechai Jefferson Carver, also known as The Hebrew Hammer, alongside stars like Breaking Bad villain Giancarlo Esposito.

The series' writer and director Jonathan Kesselman used crowd-funding website Jewcer to raise the £35,000, which made production possible.

Mr Kesselman, 40, said that it felt "incredible" to have received so much support from fans, who turned the first film - in which the Hammer saved Chanucah from Santa Claus's son by using Jewish guilt - into a cult classic.

"The feeling when people like your work, are excited by it and want to see more of it - it's the most rewarding experience. I don't make much money, I make movies because I like making people laugh. If my work affects people and brings them happiness, there's nothing better than that."

The Los Angeles native promised that the sequel, which involves a time-travelling succah, would be better than the original.

He said: "This is my very biased opinion, but I think this is bigger and funnier than the last film. It's bigger in scope, with better jokes, more stars, and new characters played by all the funniest people of the day. It's the best comedy I've ever written."

Mr Kesselman, who cites Mel Brooks as a major influence, said he wanted to use the power of humour to overcome prejudice. "Comedy that I admire pushes things forward.

"If it is something offensive or scary to them, it's easier to make them laugh because they're already on edge. If they laugh, you've won."

The film, currently in pre-production, is due to hit UK cinemas next year.

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