During a recent interview, comedian Mel Gibson, who is used to action movies, said he turned down the role of… James Bond. How ? Why ? The actor explains this surprising choice.
Mel Gibson: 66 years old and all his teeth
Mel Gibson is over forty years of careermore 80 film appearances and on television, and two Oscars for Braveheart : Best Film and Best Director. It is also a pleiad of cult roles like Max in the trilogy madmaxGraham Hess in signsNick Marshall in What women WantWilliam Wallace in Braveheart and obviously Martin Riggs in the saga The lethal Weapon.
Mel Gibson also has a rather talented directing career with movies like Braveheart (Again), apocalypto or the recent You will not kill. Recently, we were able to find it in series B as Force of Nature, Fatman or the excellent Dragged on the asphalt. Shortly, Mel Gibson will be back in front and behind the camera for the purposes of Lethal Weapon 5.
No 007 for Mad Max
In a recent interview with JoBlo.com For the movie Banditthe comedian Mel Gibson explained that he turned down the role of James Bond in his youth:
I was offered the role of James Bond when I was about twenty-six, that is to say forty years ago. I was in Australia at the time, working with Peter Weir. I thought about it a bit, and I finally refused for a very simple reason. I thought, “Look what happened to poor Sean, he was stuck in there for about three decades.”
It is interesting to see that Mel Gibson refused to lock himself into such an iconic role than that of agent 007. It’s true that at 26, we can understand that the young actor had varied desires and a desire to participate in different works. However, Mel Gibson is locked into two iconic roles: that of Mad Max and that of Martin Riggs. He is moreover so attached to that of Martin Riggs that he is ready to return to the skin of his character at almost 70 years old. Anyway, Mel Gibson would certainly have been an excellent James Bond.
Only problem, Mel Gibson is not of British descent. He was born in Peeksill, New York. Which would have posed some problems since traditionally, James Bond must be played by an actor from the Commonwealth, a country of the former British Empire.