Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Hugh Jackman on turning down Bond role

Hugh Jackman on turning down Bond role

While the Bond franchise doesn't exactly have the best track record with Australians (R.I.P George Lazenby's career), things might have been so different if Hugh Jackman had made a decision to accept the offer to audition for the iconic black dinner jacket.

Daniel Craig in a scene from Spectre.

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

"I just felt at that time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and insane, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real". And the response was: "Oh, you don't get a say".

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

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

As it turns out, there could have been a very different face in the role of Bond, James Bond. "I just felt at the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and insane, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real", Jackman said. 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. 20 Century Fox's upcoming X-Men movies are The New Mutants which premieres April 13, 2018, Deadpool 2 which releases June 1, 2018, X-Men: Dark Phoenix on November 2, 2018, and Gambit which hits cinemas on February 14, 2019.

Ultimately the role went to British actor Daniel Craig, who starred as James Bond in the 2006 flick Casino Royale before continuing the role for three more movies including 2012's Skyfall andSpectre in 2015.

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