Hugh Jackman has revealed he was offered the role of James Bond more than a decade ago, but turned it down after being told he would have no say in changing the "unbelievable and crazy" direction of the franchise at that time.
Daniel Craig was ultimately offered the role and, well, it seems like they decided to make him gritty after all.
The Aussie actor was just in the process of gearing up for Bryan Singer's X-Men 2, while MGM and Eon were casting the net far and wide in search of a new 00 agent to replace Pierce Brosnan, whose four-film run petered out with Die Another Day. However, the actor felt the franchise wasn't gritty enough at the time and made a decision to opt out of portraying James Bond.
Back at it: Daniel had previously spoken about his desire to hang up the Bond tux, telling Time Out in 2015 that he would rather "slash his wrists" than play the iconic character again. And the response was: 'Oh, you don't get a say. Jackman has reprised the role in eight movies over the course of seventeen years.
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"'X-Men, ' I'd never have time to do different things", Jackman told Variety.
Although he might have missed out on being Bond, James Bond, Hugh has no regrets about turning down the role saying he "always tried to do different things". "People wanted me to play that kind of hero part exclusively", he said.
Jackman's newest film, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, hits theaters on December 20th.
The iconic role was inhabited by Peirce Brosnan when Hugh was asked to don the iconic tux, with Daniel Craig eventually stepping into James' shoes for four Bond films - Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre, as well as an unnamed installment due for release in 2019. "It felt a little bit claustrophobic", he said.