Mel Gibson on the State of Cinema, and Superheroes at the Forefront
Mel Gibson has revealed while speaking with The Guardian that he was once offered a role in Thor, which launched an interesting line of thought reflecting the seasoned actor's opinion on the state of cinema as we know it.
“Yeah, long time ago, to play Thor’s dad. But I didn’t do it," he said of whether he'd ever been offered a role in a superhero film before. As we know, Anthony Hopkins has gone on to take the role, and no one's complaining.
But Gibson doesn't entirely hate the superhero category. “Some are good. Some are kind of funny … Guardians of the Galaxy. Or the first Iron Man. And some of them are just like retreats. I mean you can watch them do Spider-Man five times…”
But then Gibson speaks of the "slight shift in film" that he's notices. "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.”
It's an interesting and not untrue statement on the current state of cinema at the moment. Risk and reward has ceased to exist within the major studios, who are well aware that the safest and most successful route to take is the one that's at this point been traveled over and over again.
Gibson's WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield, is eyeing a March 2017 release.