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How Old Was Mel Gibson In Braveheart?

Mel Gibson was considerably older than the young Scottish patriot William Wallace that he portrayed in the movie Braveheart but how much older?

When watching Braveheart, it is easy to wonder how old Mel Gibson was compared to the young rebel character he was portraying on screen. In 1995, Mel Gibson donned a kilt to bring the Scottish patriot William Wallace to life in the historical epic that Gibson also directed. Braveheart got nominated for ten academy awards and took home five, including Best Picture and Best Director upon release. The film was praised for generating huge interest regarding Scotland and Scottish history, setting up future success for projects like Outlander, but was also criticized for some of the creative liberties and inaccuracies it took with the historical period of the time.

When watching Braveheart, it is easy to wonder how old Mel Gibson was compared to the young rebel character he was portraying on screen. In 1995, Mel Gibson donned a kilt to bring the Scottish patriot William Wallace to life in the historical epic that Gibson also directed. Braveheart got nominated for ten academy awards and took home five, including Best Picture and Best Director upon release. The film was praised for generating huge interest regarding Scotland and Scottish history, setting up future success for projects like Outlander, but was also criticized for some of the creative liberties and inaccuracies it took with the historical period of the time.

But Marceau wasn’t the only actor cast with an age much greater than her real-life counterpart, as Mad Max star Mel Gibson was 38 at the time of filming Braveheart. This is significantly older than the actual William Wallace, who was supposed to be in his early 20s during the events depicted in the movie. A credit to Gibson’s acting ability is that the role which now has defined his career is one that he almost did not play thanks to the age gap between Gibson and the historical figure of Wallace.

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