Hugh Jackman turned down Bond role over "unbelievable and crazy" scripts


Then I looked over at Hugh and he was wiping his eyes, and I thought if Wolverine can weep at a movie, Charles Xavier can do the same thing.

Jackman explains: "I was about to do "X-Men 2" and a call came from my agent asking if I'd be interested in Bond". However, the actor felt the franchise wasn't gritty enough at the time and made a decision to opt out of portraying James Bond.

But it turns out that he was, mid the first trilogy of X-Men movies in fact, approached by the producers of James Bond to play the iconic agent. The world has also just witnessed the 22 James Bond film, Die Another Day, which some people reckon tested the boundaries of the classic MI6 spy franchise - as well as the audience's patience.

'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".

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.

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Explaining his reason for turning down the life changing opportunity to play James Bond, Jackman said: "The scripts had become so unbelievable and insane".

Although he might have missed out on being Bond, James Bond, Hugh has no regrets about turning down the role saying he "always tried to do different things".

He will reprise his role for the 25th Bond film possibly for the last time, that goes on floors early next year. "I was also anxious that between Bond and X-Men, I'd never have time to do different things".

And in sticking to his guns, Jackman did manage to branch out of the "hero" part, with films like The Prestige, The Fountain, Les Misérables, and the upcoming The Greatest Showman. "It felt a little bit claustrophobic".