Hugh Jackman Passed On Playing James Bond

07 December, 2017, 02:18 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Daniel Craig stepped in after Jackman turned down the role

In a recent interview with Variety, the X-Men actor revealed how he was approached for lead role in the popular spy franchise, and how he turned it down.

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

He added: 'I just felt at the time that the that the scripts has become so unbelievable and insane, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real'.

Jackman and Gracey decided against telling their invited guests until the big presentation began, and instead had Broadway regular Jeremy Jordan sing the movie star's parts during the special read-through, as Hugh acted it out in silence.

'The response was: "Oh, you don't get a say. I was also anxious that between Bond and X-Men, I'd never have time to do different things".

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

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Die Another Day proved a stretch too far for some people, with hindsight suggesting they found the overall effect of a satellite laser cannon, Bond surfing a ludicrously massive wave and a character switching from Asian to Caucasian to be a bit too much, altogether.

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

However, Daniel reportedly netted a whopping $150 million to reprise the role in two installments.

Jackman said he hasn't looked back since taking a pass on James Bond, adding he "always tried to do different things".

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. 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.

He once said he'd prefer to "slash his wrists" than do another one and yet he's signed up for the 26 Bond film, which is expected to be released in 2019.

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