Before director Bryan Singer became attached to X-Men, 20th Century Fox had a decidedly different take on the source material. Their original plan was to cast Bob Hoskins, who recently passed away, as the indestructible Mutant with the antimantium claws. Before they eventually decided on Dougray Scott, they also went after Mel Gibson, who was hugely popular at the time, and Russell Crowe, who was not. As luck would have it, fate stepped in, and Dougray Scott had to bow out of the film, due to obligations to Mission: Impossible 2, which needed him back for reshoots. Unknown Hugh Jackman would step in to fill the role, and the rest, as we know, is history.
Today, we get to see what Mel Gibson would have looked like as Logan had he actually been cast in a piece of concept art from Miles Teves.
X-Men Concept Art with Mel Gibson as Wolverine
X-Men was released July 14th, 2000 and stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Tyler Mane. The film is directed by Bryan Singer.