It is probably one of the most celebrated roles in the history of English movies, but actor-director Mel Gibson reveals that he almost rejected and passed on the role of 'William Wallace', a 13th-century warrior, in the classic movie Braveheart.
Gibson also mentioned that he was initially offered to feature in the movie as an actor, however, he also lent his hands in the direction as well.
The actor-director, who is now at the helm of appreciation for his directorial piece and a real-life drama Hacksaw Ridge, states that it happens sometimes when best of the movies fails to appeal people.
"None of these are easy. They never are. I mean people see afterwards that it's pretty good, but maybe it doesn't seem great in the idea stage. On this one, Bill (Bill Mechanic, producer) spent 15 years. He even sent me the script, twice before. I passed, both times," said Gibson.
Gibson said, he also did the same with "Braveheart" but then he reassessed and came around.
"Well, I did that with Braveheart. I passed on it. I kind of liked it and I thought maybe... I don't know. One reason or another." He said.
"Then, it's like what happened with this one. The wheels start going around and you start visualising it. They didn't offer Braveheart to me to direct, anyway. They offered it for me to star in," stated Gibson.