Hugh Jackman turned down James Bond role

Hugh Jackman turned down James Bond role

Hugh Jackman just revealed in an interview with Variety that he turned down the role after being called to step into the famous suit of the MI6 spy.

As well as discussing the what-could-have-beens of Bond, Jackman spoke of his one regret for Wolverine, a character he's chose to retire having played the Marvel mutant since the year 2000. However, the actor felt the franchise wasn't gritty enough at the time and chose to opt out of portraying James Bond.

Jackman recalled his agent telling him he doesn't "get a say" in the scripts and "just have to sign on".

After playing Wolverine on-screen for 17 years, Hugh Jackman unsheathed his adamantium claws for the final time in 20th Century Fox's Logan.

"I was also anxious that between Bond and X-Men, I'd never have time to do different things", Hugh added.

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Still, turning down these iconic roles doesn't seem to have impacted Jackman's career too much. At the time, Jackman believed the franchise's creators needed to produce something "grittier and real" to bring the James Bond brand back into focus, which is, in hindsight, rather prescient considering MGM dreamed up Casino Royale two years later.

Speaking to Variety magazine, he shared: "I always tried to do different things". The film was a tremendous departure from the rest of the X-Men movie universe (Deadpool is also R-rated, but it's a comedy), rendering a wounded, soulful Wolverine on a quest for a little redemption in a ruined world. "People wanted me to play that kind of hero part exclusively", he said.

He will reprise his role for the 25th Bond film possibly for the last time, that goes on floors early next year.

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 U.S. theatres on December 20.

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