While promoting his new film by the name of Blood Father at the Cannes Film Festival in France, Mel Gibson revealed that he had been approached by Marvel Studios to play the role of Odin, Thor’s father. He is no stranger to superhero movies, his name had been linked to many superhero films including X-Men. He has originally wanted the part of Wolverine, but the role was instead given to Hugh Jackman.
However, when asked by The Guardian if he had been asked to star in a super hero film he said “Yeah, long time ago, to play Thor’s dad, but I didn’t do it.” The role was then given to Anthony Hopkins who did a stellar job with it. Gibson also spoke in the interview about modern super hero films and said this:
“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.”
The thought of Gibson as Odin definitely has a slight appeal, however with the job that Anthony Hopkins did in bringing that character to life so passionately and elegantly, it’s hard to really see anyone else in such an important, and dare I say, iconic role.