Hugh Jackman reveals why he rejected the role of James Bond

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Hugh Jackman has revealed he was offered the role of James Bond more than a decade ago, but turned it down after being told he would have no say in changing the "unbelievable and crazy" direction of the franchise at that time.

Daniel Craig in a scene from Spectre.

The 49-year-old actor was offered the chance to replace Pierce Brosnan as the iconic secret agent, but Hugh was left unimpressed by the scripts and the role was ultimately handed to Daniel Craig. However, the actor felt the franchise wasn't gritty enough at the time and chose to opt out of portraying James Bond.

'The response was: "Oh, you don't get a say".

Hugh Jackman's outstanding performance in director James Mangold's Logan marked his final appearance as Wolverine after playing the character for almost two decades.

Hugh Jackman apparently was neither shaken nor stirred by the possibility of playing James Bond.


Jackman doesn't seem to have any regrets about turning down the Bond role, and he is not the first actor to do so.

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

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

Speaking to Variety magazine, he shared: "I always tried to do different things". "I was also anxious that between Bond and X-Men, I'd never have time to do different things". People wanted me to play that kind of hero part exclusively.

Luckily for Jackman, he was able to break out of the typecasting mold and has now booked a wide variety of diverse roles, including a leading part in the upcoming musical The Greatest Showman, in which he will play circus pioneer P.T. Barnum.

He will reprise his role for the 25th Bond film possibly for the last time, that goes on floors early next year. "It felt a little bit claustrophobic", he said.

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