November 11, 2009

Mel Gibson was too short to play James Bond

The 'Braveheart' star's 5ft 9in frame was deemed unsuitable to make a convincing portrayal of the iconic British spy - who is currently played by Daniel Craig - while producer Albert R 'Cubby' Broccoli was also concerned that he was too famous for the role.

Scriptwriter Tom Mankiewicz - who wrote James Bond favourites 'The Man With The Golden Gun' and 'Live And Let Die' - said: "At one point Mel Gibson wanted to play Bond. And Cubby was against it. Cubby first of all had a thing about tall people.

"Bond had to be tall. And so Mel Gibson was too short. But he was a big star.

"Somebody at United Artists said to me, 'Call him and tell him Mel Gibson would be great.' And Cubby said, 'I don't want to make a Mel Gibson movie, I want to make a James Bond movie.'"

While Mel was desperate to portray James Bond, fellow Hollywood star Gerard Butler recently insisted he would never want to take on the role.

He said:"I enjoy doing an array of films. If I was to play Bond, that would quickly stop. How likely would I be accepted doing those roles after having played Bond?

"People outside of movies think it would be amazing to play 007, but as an actor you think, 'Well I don't know because from then on...'

"You do a lot of movies as Bond and you'd become even more synonymous with the role. I think Daniel Craig is a great Bond and good for him, but I would much rather create a role from nothing."

JIm Carrey has blasted Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie

The 'Christmas Carol' star appeared on US chat show 'Chelsea Lately' stating he wanted to cut some celebrities down to size, branding them "spoiled brats".

When host Chelsea Handler suggested he start with Tom Cruise, Jim replied: "Oh, set before me a meal - oh my God! A Christmas feast!"

He sarcastically added: "Tom Cruise - let me see - one of the hardest working people I've ever seen and, like, a total gentleman and *******. What a jerk!"

He was much keener on Chelsea's next suggestion, Brad Pitt, however.

Jim, 47, jokingly said: "Well you really can't say anything about Brad Pitt. Angelina Jolie? Oh yeah, so she's the problem for sure, we're ok with him, seriously, because he can do no wrong."

Jim also said that despite appearing in 'A Christmas Carol' as central character Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past , present and future, he doesn't have any paranormal connections himself.

Referring to his partner, model Jenny McCarthy, he added: "I don't really have that connection. Jenny is very much more connected to the ghostly realm. She sees things every once in a while, she'll yell, 'There's a naked wrinkled man in the bedroom, I think he might be dead and looking for the other side'."

'A Christmas Carol' is in cinemas now.