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While it’s certain that someone else will play Mad Max in George Miller’s upcoming Fury Road sequel, there had been some small hope that Mel Gibson might show up for a cameo, or find some pass the torch. But Mel addressed his involvement to Dark Horizons and rather definitely confirms that he has none.
It doesn’t sound like he’s unwilling or disinterested, it’s more that George Miller isn’t interested in having him. Mel confirms that he spoke with Miller spoke about it and they’ve “cleared it”. Says Gibson, “It’s his franchise. It’s his to do with as he wishes and I’m looking forward to seeing it. Good luck to him.”
That fits with the sort of comments Miller’s been making about Gibson all along. Back in 2006 for instance, when Mad Max 4 rumors were just getting started, Miller had this to say about letting Mel Gibson back in his Mad Max leathers: “He was just on the cusp of being too old five years ago. I mean, he was 21 when he first played Mad Max, and now he’s in his fifties - and it’s not about an old fading warrior.” At the time he seemed fixated on casting only young actors in his movie and, now that he’s gone with Tom Hardy and Teresa Palmer, it seems he’s done it.
It’s sort of sad really. I can see Miller wanting a fresh start and of course it makes sense that Mel is now too old to play the character. But come on George, you can’t even find a cameo for the guy in it? Maybe you think your Mad Max franchise is bigger than Mel Gibson, and maybe it is, but the best way to get fans on board with what you’re doing is to find him a place, even if it’s a tiny place, somewhere in it.