Mel Gibson talks about his first meeting with TV's original ''Prisoner''

March 19, 1928-Jan. 13, 2009

He was kind of an enigma. He had a great sense of mystery about him. I grew up watching that guy on television. I’d watch Danger Man or The Prisoner, which I was addicted to, and I just thought he was the epitome of cool. They wanted him to be James Bond, before Sean Connery. Apparently he turned them down. When I first approached him to play the king in Braveheart, I thought, ”Wow, I’m going to meet Pat McGoohan.” He came into the restaurant, and it was kind of like meeting your father for the first time. I said, ”What do you think of the character?” He said, ”He’s diabolical!” And I said, ”Yeah, he’s a bad dude. Do you want to play it?” He said, ”Yeah!” He was quite serious but had this interesting wit that came at you kind of sideways. The things he found funny were just a couple of degrees off. He did a great job for me. I didn’t say anything; he just did it.

McGoohan died of undisclosed causes in Pacific Palisades, Calif.