Why Hugh Jackman Said No to Playing James Bond

Why Hugh Jackman Said No to Playing James Bond

In a new interview with Variety, the 49-year-old actor revealed he just couldn't get on board with the "crazy" scripts.

Hugh Jackman said the scripts for James Bond were becoming too "unbelievable" for him to want to join the franchise.

Jackman was quick to decline though, saying: "I just felt the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and insane, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real".

He further added how he did not get any choice at that time as he said, "And the response was: 'Oh, you don't get a say".

There is certainly a difference looking back between the Wolverine we see in Logan and the one in 2000's X-Men, but the character has evolved over time so perhaps Jackman is selling himself a little short.

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In another universe, X-Men fans would have had Hugh Jackman playing double-o-seven in films like The World Is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day and GoldenEye.

Before Daniel Craig took over the iconic 007 role, Bond makers were looking to replace the franchise's former spy - Pierce Brosnan - with another popular face; and it was none other than Hugh Jackman.

Although he might have missed out on being Bond, James Bond, Hugh has no regrets about turning down the role saying he "always tried to do different things". But there was a time between "X-Men 3" and the first Wolverine movie when I could see the roles getting smaller.

Ironically, the Bond films did become grittier and real with the release of Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig as the iconic superspy. The main feeling I had was: 'There, that's the character. "And I was calm and at peace, but I'm going to miss that guy".

For more from Jackman, including how his Wolverine audition came about (he thought he'd botched it) and his passion for The Greatest Showman, head over to Variety.

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