Logan's Hugh Jackman Recalls Decision To Turn Down James Bond

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Would Hugh Jackman have made a good 007...?

Daniel Craig in a scene from Spectre. "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", the Tony winners shares". And the response was: 'Oh, you don't get a say.

As well as discussing the what-could-have-beens of Bond, Jackman spoke of his one regret for Wolverine, a character he's made a decision to retire having played the Marvel mutant since the year 2000.

It will certainly be interesting to see whether or not Jackman's retirement from the Wolverine role ends up being short-lived, should Disney and Fox come to an agreement.

He also confirms that for him to take on an additional role that often came with a multi-movie deal such as his role as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise, it probably would have meant he would not have had time for other roles.

Jackman, who is best known for playing Wolverine in X-Men movies, recently revealed in an interview with Variety that he was offered to play iconic James Bond following the success of the first X-Men movie. At the time, Jackman believed the franchise's creators needed to produce something "grittier and real" to bring the James Bond brand back into focus, which is, in hindsight, rather prescient considering MGM dreamed up Casino Royale two years later. "I always tried to do different things", he said. "People wanted me to play that kind of hero part exclusively", he said. "It felt a little bit claustrophobic", he said.

But you know which film he went ahead with.

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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