Getting a job in Hollywood is a complicated affair. If you’re not the next greatest thing, sometimes you get overlooked no matter what your talents might be. And if you’ve made enemies, it can be hard to even get a role in a tampon commercial. Still, Mr. Robert Downey, Jr. appears to be pulling to get some of his buddies a little of the Marvel super hero scratch that he’s been making. What two actors is Downey pulling for? Why Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster – duh.
While Foster wouldn’t be such a stretch, especially considering her recent move to sci-fi with the latest Blomkamp film, Elysium, Gibson would be a different story. The actor has been making a comeback as of recent, but his antics during the last decade have given him more than a fair amount of bad press.
The report from Radar Online read thusly:
Robert is raising eyebrows with his efforts on behalf of his longtime best pals Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson. He wants to bring Mel and Jodie into the Marvel universe, preferably in one of the Avengers films. It’s been a longtime dream of Robert’s to help Mel and Jodie reach similar big box office heights like the ones he’s achieved in recent years.
Of course, it goes on to state that Gibson’s past… ‘indiscretions’ may cause a bit of a problem there:
Marvel is run by one of the richest and most prominent Israeli businessmen in Hollywood, and you can be sure even if Robert got down on his knees and begged, there’s no place for Mel in the Marvel films.
Of course, Downey has a sweet deal with Marvel right now, being not only a star in the next two Avengers flicks but also acting as consultant for upcoming Iron Man installments. Whether that gives him enough pull to cast his buddies or not is another story. And, again, this is all just rumor, so take it with a grain of salt.
What say thee, o’ Nerd Readers? Any roles you’d like to see either Gibson or Foster play in the Marvel universe?
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.