Mel Gibson Almost Played Odin in the ‘Thor’ Movies

By May 26, 2016
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There are countless stories about casting choices that almost were, and offers that never fully planned out, especially when it comes to superhero films. Hell, we’ve seen a few of them over the past few recent years as well. Remember when Matthew McConaughey was up for the villain role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Or when it almost a done deal that Joaquin Phoenix was going to play Doctor Strange, before Benedict Cumberbatch was officially cast?

Well, I guess we can file this one under another one of those could-have-been’s, though the alternative that we got ended up paying off in spades.

While recently speaking with The Guardian, and following his recent critical acclaim following Blood Father‘s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this month, Mel Gibson revealed that he was originally offered the role of Odin, in Marvel’s Thor films:

“Yeah, [I was approached] long time ago to play Thor’s dad. But I didn’t do it.”

Considering the bind that Gibson’s career has been in for the past few years, it is slightly strange to hear that he turned down an offer like that, though the actor went on to share a bit of an apathetic view towards the superhero films in general right now:

“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.”

Age-wise, Gibson probably would have worked compared to Hemsworth, but the Shakespearean element and experience that Anthony Hopkins (who went on to play Odin in the films) brought as the character, helped to seriously elevate both of the Thor films. At this point, I can’t imagine anyone other than Hopkins playing that specific role. Who knows though, if Marvel was looking to bring Gibson on back in 2010 and 2011, it’s possible they may have him in mind for another role sometime down the line as well.

Though, it should also be noted that Robert Downey Jr. was quoted as saying he would only do Iron Man 4 if Gibson directed it too. So there’s that possibility as well, I guess.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable