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Why Hugh Jackman turned down Bond role

08 December 2017, 02:05 | Myron Mathis

Why Hugh Jackman Said No to Playing James Bond Ryan Scott

X-Men franchise star Hugh Jackman turned down the chance to play James Bond early on in his career

He has been immortalised onscreen as Wolverine, but there was a time Hugh Jackman was approached to play the iconic role of James Bond, which he turned down as he found the script of a potential film to be quite straitjacket.

"I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I'd be interested in Bond", Jackman recalled.

Daniel Craig was ultimately offered the role and, well, it seems like they decided to make him gritty after all.

In a new interview with Variety, the 49-year-old actor revealed he just couldn't get on board with the "crazy" scripts. However, the actor felt the franchise wasn't gritty enough at the time and chose to opt out of portraying James Bond.

Avoiding being pigeonholed is part of the reason why Jackman has tried to make the move from playing Wolverine to other parts, including that of P.T. Barnum in his latest film.

People protested a blonde James Bond when Daniel Craig was cast, but imagine their reaction had the producers chosen an Australian - especially after the franchise's troubled history with Aussies.


Jackman doesn't appear to regret his decision to turn down the offer to become Pierce Brosnan's successor and instead is happy with the way he pulled off Wolverine.

Hugh Jackman said the scripts for James Bond were becoming too "unbelievable" for him to want to join the franchise. The response was: 'Oh, you don't get a say.

He said he was "worried that between Bond and X-Men, (he'd) never have time to do different things". "It felt a little bit claustrophobic", he said.

The search for a new Bond will be on again soon, with Daniel Craig set to leave the role after the character's upcoming 25th film outing.

The Oscar-nominated actor's upcoming movie The Greatest Showman, which revolves around popular American showman PT Barnum and his journey, is slated for release in the USA theatres on December 20.



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