Hugh Jackman reveals why he rejected the role of James Bond

Hugh Jackman reveals why he rejected the role of James Bond

Hugh Jackman reveals why he rejected the role of James Bond

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.

To promote the film, Jackman landed the cover story in this week's issue of Variety.

"I wish I'd started playing him like that 17 years ago", said the actor, referencing his final showing in Logan, adding, "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. Jackman has reprised the role in eight movies over the course of seventeen years. There's a spirit of determination there that's actually rather moving.

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So far, one Irishman, a Welshman, two Englishmen, A Scotsman, and the Australian George Lazenby have all played the role of James Bond.

And Hugh Jackman has revealed he nearly became the legendary celluloid spy James Bond, but turned down the role at the last minute. "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", he said. As Pierce Brosnan was preparing to depart the role, executives approached Jackman as a potential replacement.

The ridiculousness of the Bond scripts isn't something Jackman voiced alone.

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'The response was: "Oh, you don't get a say".

But eventually, the part was passed to British actor Daniel Craig who first portrayed 007 in 2006's Casino Royale. "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".

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