He is the Aussie with the bluest eyes, who has been offered every superhero role, from The Terminator and Batman to X-Men and even a Bond movie.
Hollywood star Mel Gibson talks to HT City on being voted one of the top 100 movie stars of all time. "Harrison Ford is on the top of my list. I had no idea I was on that list too, till the results came out," says Gibson, modestly One of Gibson’s best known rom-coms, What Women Want, is being remade in Chinese by Chen Daming. Andy Lau is stepping in for Gibson as a chauvinistic alpha male who, after being electrocuted, suddenly finds himself being able to read the thoughts of women. Back home, a Hindi TV serial, Bhaskar Bharti, with Ejaz Khan as a man who suddenly turns into a woman, raked in decent TRPs last year. A Marathi movie, Aga Bai Arechya, about a man who has a window to any woman’s thoughts and saves the city by tuning into a gangster's mind, drew full houses.
Gibson is encouraged by the news of him providing inspiration to so many filmmakers: “It is nice that people who have already seen you in a role are so inspired by your work that they are now trying to replicate it in a remake. We had never thought that the Chinese would opt for a film like this.”
Does he think it will open the doors to exploring newer markets, including Bollywood? “Why not?” Gibson says agreeably, but admits he has only a “foggy idea” about the Indian film industry. “I have noticed many Indian film personalities at many film festivals, but if you’re thinking of asking me about some particular names, forget it.”