Hugh Jackman Tells Why He Turned Down The Chance To Play James Bond

Date December 7, 2017

In a candid interview with Variety, Hugh Jackman opened up about his acting choices including why he chose to say no to playing James Bond when he was offered the part.

Famous roles

The 49-year-old Australian actor gained worldwide fame when he played the role of the mutant Wolverine in the movie X-Men (2000). He was part of the main cast for the prequels, sequels, and spinoffs that arose from the film.

He is also known for his role in Les Misérables (2012) which earned him an Academy Award nomination. 

While his mainstream Hollywood career continued to thrive, Jackman did not forget his stage roots. In 2004, he was honoured with a Tony Award for his performance in Broadway's The Boy from Oz.

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Jackman is not only an actor but also a happy family man. He has been married since 1996 to actress Deborra-Lee Furness. They have two adopted kids together - Oscar Maximillian and Ava Eliot.

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Saying no to 007

So why would someone with a determination to shine in the movie industry choose to decline to play the leading role in one of the most successful film franchises? Well, in his interview with Variety, he revealed that it was all about being true to himself.

The actor said he was working on the production of X-Men 2 when he was approached to come on board the James Bond train. He told the publication:

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

Jackman also knew that if he took the part, between working on X-Men and playing 007, he would have been unable to try different things as these two would be time-consuming.

He went on to star in X-Men while Daniel Craig took over the Bond franchise after Pierce Brosnan.

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The Greatest Showman

Hugh Jackman's most recent film, The Greatest Showman, is scheduled to be released on Christmas Day, 2017. In it, he starred alongside Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, and Zendaya. It seems like quite the star-studded film and fans can't wait to see it.

Turning down the role of James Bond clearly did not affect Jackman's career. He chose to follow his heart and do what he felt was right. At the end of the day, that's all that really matters.

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