With his film “Blood Father” set to have a special presentation at the Sydney Film Festival in a few weeks, actor and director Mel Gibson is doing some press at the moment and in a new interview with The Guardian revealed one role that got away from him.
More than you’d expect, Gibson often gets mentioned in relation to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with him linked as a potential director or actor on a film. Well, it seems at one time he was approached about playing a part – the role of Thor’s father Odin: “Yeah, [I was approached] long time ago to play Thor’s dad. But I didn’t do it.”
That role ultimately went to Anthony Hopkins. Gibson also spoke about the superhero genre in general:
“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.”
The new film in the series, “Thor: Ragnarok,” will shortly begin production in Australia.