In this interesting little gem that was recently unearthed, we learn that not only was Mel Gibson offered the role of Wolverine, but they also made some preliminary drawings of him in the role.
We found this over at Yahoo, and it appears that before Hugh Jackman stepped into the role that made him the star he is now, Gibson was the filmmakers' first option when it came to playing one of the coolest superheroes ever. At the time of the original X-Men, Gibson was at the apex of his career. Dude had won an Oscar for Braveheart, and it looked like nothing could stop him. What a difference a few years makes.
Here is what the Yahoo article said about the drawing:
It's purported to be by Miles Teves, the Hollywood artist who provided visionary work for films like 'Total Recall', 'RoboCop', 'The Chronicles of Riddick' and 'Legend'.
Mel certainly joins an illustrious group of former potential Logans.
At various points from the 90s onward rocker Glenn Danzig, Russell Crowe, Ed Norton, Keanu Reeves and even the late, great Bob Hoskins were all considered.
Dougray Scott was actually cast in the role for Bryan Singer's 'X-Men' movies, but when 'Mission: Impossible II' overran, he had to walk away with Jackman taking up the role instead.
There are some interesting people in this group. Ultimately, I think that they made the right choice. It is going to be hard for anyone to fill Jackman’s shoes.
Although, with all of this being said, I can see Gibson playing Wolverine now. You know, if someone was brave enough to bring Old Man Logan to the big screen.
Old Man Logan is one of my favorite comic book series of all time. To me, it sits right up there with the Infinity Gauntlet series. It is an awesomely messed up story written by Mark Millar, and I would love to see it brought to the big screen. Of course it would have to be toned down a little bit, but I think Mel would be a perfect fit.