Hugh Jackman turned down James Bond role

Hugh Jackman on how Logan finally got Wolverine right; turning down James Bond

Hugh Jackman Passed On Playing James Bond

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 chose to accept the offer to audition for the iconic black dinner jacket.

And in sticking to his guns, Jackman did manage to branch out of the "hero" part, with films like The Prestige, The Fountain, Les Misérables, and the upcoming The Greatest Showman.

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

Directed by James Mangold, Logan stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq LaSalle, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Boyd Holbrook. But Jackman turned down the part and the rest, as they say, is history. "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 was Hugh and James Mangold and myself, and when it got to the last 10 minutes of the movie, it was emotional and intense, and I could feel myself getting choked up. So turning down the role is massive.

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"I just felt the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and insane, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real".

Ironically, the Bond films did become grittier and real with the release of Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig as the iconic superspy.

Jackman said that he's always wanted to try to do "different things" in his career, although he anxious about getting typecast between X-Men 3 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as the roles he started getting offered were becoming too similar.

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

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