Hugh Jackman ditched James Bond role for X-Men 2

Esequiel Farfan
Diciembre 7, 2017

This year Hugh Jackman finally said goodbye to the character Wolverine, giving his final performance as the mutant in the critically acclaimed Logan. But there was a time between "X-Men 3" and the first Wolverine movie when I could see the roles getting smaller.

"We like to say that we made the movie that Barnum would have liked to make", Jackman says. "I feel like I've done it now". "So there's some sense of missed opportunity, but when I saw Logan, I sat there and I did have tears in my eyes". There's a spirit of determination there that's actually rather moving.

Hugh Jackman is one of Australia's most loved actors, but he's revealed that he's turned down an iconic role that could have been a game changer for him. Hugh Jackman in a recent interview to Variety said that he was considered for the part after Pierce Brosnan's tenure, but felt the scripts were too "unbelievable". Jackman, after seeing years of increasingly goofy Bond flicks, was hesitant.

"I was also anxious that between Bond and X-Men, I'd never have time to do different things", Jackman added.

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Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in X Men 20th Century Fox

The search for a new Bond will be on again soon, with Daniel Craig set to leave the role after the character's upcoming 25th film outing. "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.

Despite the Aussie star's reluctance to sign on, Hugh's agent was keen for him to rethink the decision telling him he doesn't "get a say" in the scripts anyway and he should "just have to sign on". Jackman was determined to keep variety in his career, though, and two megafranchises would have likely prevented that.

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.

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