Hugh Jackman Turned Down a Chance to Play James Bond

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Hugh Jackman turned down the role of James Bond, it has been revealed.

An actor with the hair and jawline to do Bond justice (the only things that are important), Jackman ultimately turned down the role because he felt like the films needed to be "grittier".

Speaking to Variety, the X-Men actor said: "I was about to do X-Men 2, and a call came from my agent asking if I'd be interested in Bond". However, the actor felt the franchise wasn't gritty enough at the time and made a decision to opt out of portraying James Bond. "You just have to sign on.' I was also anxious that between Bond and 'X-Men",' I'd never have time to do different things".

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People protested a blonde James Bond when Daniel Craig was cast, but imagine their reaction had the producers chosen an Australian - especially after the franchise's troubled history with Aussies.

It's the early 2000s and Hugh Jackman has exploded onto the scene following his appearance in X-Men as the legendary Wolverine.

Daniel had previously spoken about his desire to hang up the Bond tux, telling Time Outin 2015, after the release of Spectre that he would rather "slash his wrists" than play the iconic character again. "I was also anxious that between Bond and X-Men, I'd never have time to do different things".

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Craig went on to star in four Bond films, with a fifth and final movie expected in 2019.

"I wish I'd started playing him like that 17 years ago", Jackman says. "So there's some sense of missed opportunity, but when I saw 'Logan, ' I sat there and I did have tears in my eyes. It felt a little bit claustrophobic", he said.

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.

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