Hugh Jackman Turned Down James Bond For 'X-Men 2'

Lawrence Kim
December 7, 2017

He has been immortalised onscreen as Wolverine, but there was a time Hugh Jackman was approached to play the iconic role of James Bond, which he turned down as he found the script of a potential film to be quite straitjacket.

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.

Hugh Jackman said the scripts for James Bond were becoming too "unbelievable" for him to want to join the franchise.

"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.

Even though he turned down the role, Hugh still has had an awesome career!

Explaining why ultimately refused to play the tuxedo-clad James Bond, Jackman revealed, "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. But I'm in the surgeon's office, and he's not letting me leave until I call you and say there's no way I can sing tomorrow'". Here's what Jackman had to say about it.

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.

Surprisingly, when it came to taking over the famous British sleuth's character from legendary Pierce Brosnan, Craig was not the first name in the list.

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. "People wanted me to play that kind of hero part exclusively", he said.

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