Mel Gibson Almost Played Odin in ‘Thor’
Mel Gibson was offered the part of Odin in Marvel’s Thor films.
In a recent interview with Mel Gibson, he addressed the state of comic book films. While providing some interesting perspective on the subject, he also revealed that he could have been part of the Marvel Cinematic universe.
In discussing the topic at hand, he revealed that he was offered the role of Odin which we all know now is played by Anthony Hopkins. It sounds as though Mel Gibson simply declined the part.
“Yeah, long time ago, to play Thor’s dad. But I didn’t do it.”
While that was the big surprise of the interview, Gibson also had some interesting words on the state of superhero films. Rather than praising the films he gave a fair and logical critique of the current state of the industry. He addressed the formulaic process of churning out films and how there is now a lack of creativity. There is some truth to this that even we addressed regarding box office winners of the recent past.
“Some are good. Some are kind of funny … ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ Or the first ‘Iron Man.’ And some of them are just like [retreads]. I mean you can watch them do Spider-Man five times … There is a slight shift in film. But, then again, I think all films are suffering from people not being able to now open them with their name. It’s a different kind of business these days…I think you used to get more variety of stories, films and performances. You had more of a chance of a profound film experience. But that’s not gone. I think that has been relegated to the independent world – but they have to do it twice as fast for half the money.”
Regardless of the controversy surrounding Mel Gibson, there is still an interest in working with him. Even after the controversy, Robert Downey Jr. still wanted Mel Gibson to direct “Iron Man 4.” There’s still a chance we could see Gibson in the universe one day but given his comments, I wouldn’t hold your breath.
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This was first reported by The Guardian.