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

X-Men franchise star Hugh Jackman turned down the chance to play James Bond early on in his career

He's the Wolverine we've come to know and love, but Hugh Jackman has revealed he turned down an offer to play James Bond.

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".

"I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I'd be interested in Bond", 49-year-old Jackman told the magazine, dishing on the opportunity that came his way following his success as Wolverine.

Jackman was quick to decline though, saying: "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".

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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Craig will reprise his role as Bond for Bond 25, targeted for release on November 8, 2019. During a recent interview, Hugh Jackman reveals that he was called about being the next 007, back when the producers were looking to replace Pierce Brosnan.

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".

Apart from his desire to pivot the iconic spy character in a different direction, the Logan star was also wary of the demanding nature of the two franchises - Bond and X-Men.

Ironically, the Bond films did become grittier and real with the release of Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig as the iconic superspy. The main feeling I had was: "There, that's the character".

So it's understandable that Jackman might not have wanted to be involved - even though he continued to star in the even-less plausible X-Men franchise, which is literally about superheroes. "I feel like I've done it now".

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