Hugh Jackman talks turning down James Bond

07 December, 2017, 12:56 | Author: Benny Bass
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Hugh Jackman rejected the role of James Bond because he felt the scripts had become "unbelievable and crazy". The Logan star revealed in a recent interview with Variety that producers looked to him when Pierce Brosnan stepped down from the role, but he decided not to take the job because he thought the scripts were too "unbelievable".

Speaking to Variety this week to promote his latest film, The Greatest Showman, Hugh revealed he said "no" to the role as he felt the scripts had become too unrealistic.

"I just felt at that time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and insane, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real".

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

There is certainly a difference looking back between the Wolverine we see in Logan and the one in 2000's X-Men, but the character has evolved over time so perhaps Jackman is selling himself a little short.

Additionally, Jackman was told if he agreed to play James Bond, he would have no creative input on the franchise.

It's the early 2000s and Hugh Jackman has exploded onto the scene following his appearance in X-Men as the legendary Wolverine.

Daniel Craig was ultimately offered the role and, well, it seems like they decided to make him gritty after all.

"I wish I'd started playing him like that 17 years ago", Jackman said. The main feeling I had was: "There, that's the character".

The Oscar-nominated actor's upcoming movie The Greatest Showman, which revolves around popular American showman PT Barnum and his journey, is slated for release in the United States theatres on December 20. "I feel like I've done it now.' And I was calm and at peace, but I'm going to miss that guy".

Ironically, the Bond films did become grittier and real with the release of Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig as the iconic superspy.

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