Why Hugh Jackman turned down Bond role

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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".

And while the iconic films have been popular for decades, the 49-year-old actor said he just couldn't get on board with the "crazy scripts" at the time.

"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", Jackman said".

'The response was: "Oh, you don't get a say". "I was also anxious that between Bond and X-Men, I'd never have time to do different things", Jackman added.

According to Hugh Jackman however, Craig wasn't the first to be offered the iconic role following Pierce Brosnan's departure.

He would have been balancing the X-Men franchise and the James Bond franchise at the same time, which would be incredibly hard for any actor, which is part of the reason he turned down the role.

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While Daniel Craig has played the spy since 2005, Jackman revealed it could have been him, but he was turned off by the new storylines in recent 007 films.

Jackman said that he's always wanted to try to do "different things" in his career, although he anxious about getting typecast between X-Men 3 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as the roles he started getting offered were becoming too similar.

"I wish I'd started playing him like that 17 years ago", Jackman says. "So there's some sense of missed opportunity, but when I saw 'Logan, ' I sat there and I did have tears in my eyes".

He will be seen in "The Greatest Showman" which is expected to arrive in time for the awards season. The main feeling I had was: 'There, that's the character.

But you know which film he went ahead with. "I feel like I've done it now".

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