Hugh Jackman Passed On Playing James Bond

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Jackman's newest film, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, hits theaters on December 20th.

It will certainly be interesting to see whether or not Jackman's retirement from the Wolverine role ends up being short-lived, should Disney and Fox come to an agreement. "I was also anxious that between Bond and X-Men, I'd never have time to do different things". The main feeling I had was: "There, that's the character. I feel like I've done it now.' And I was calm and at peace, but I'm going to miss that guy". There's something very encouraging about knowing that he just kept digging away at the character across nine films until he felt he finally got it right. Becoming James Bond is a pretty big deal considering only seven men have played him on the big screen in the franchise's history - however the allure clearly didn't ring too much with Jackman and he turned down the offer. Liam Neeson said he was also approached for the role before Brosnan took over, but he "wasn't really interested". Jackman, after seeing years of increasingly goofy Bond flicks, was hesitant.

He added: 'I just felt at the time that the that the scripts has become so unbelievable and insane, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real'.

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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". "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".

Ultimately the role went to British actor Daniel Craig, who starred as James Bond in the 2006 flick Casino Royale before continuing the role for three more movies including 2012's Skyfall andSpectre in 2015.

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