Hugh Jackman: "I Turned Down James Bond" Role

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In another universe, X-Men fans would have had Hugh Jackman playing double-o-seven in films like The World Is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day and GoldenEye.

Speaking to Variety this week to promote his latest film, The Greatest Showman, Hugh revealed he said "no" to the role as he felt the scripts had become too unrealistic.

Hugh Jackman turned down the chance to play '007.

While the role would undoubtedly made Jackman millions more, it's not the first time he's turned down an iconic role because it wasn't the right fit for him.

"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".

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Which is exactly the route they took with the Craig series - but Jackman was told that he would not have a say in the series' stories. The main feeling I had was: "There, that's the character. 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". "I feel like I've done it now".

Little did we know that Mr Jackman is actually something of a triple threat, and really this type of role isn't out of the ordinary at all. The response was: 'Oh, you don't get a say. He will reprise his role for the 25th Bond film possibly for the last time, that goes on floors early next year.

The 2006 movie, starring Daniel Craig, obviously included those things, but it was a big shift away from the stuff viewers had seen with ever-increasing severity over the years.

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.

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