Hugh Jackman for 'James Bond'? We wouldn't mind!

X-Men franchise star Hugh Jackman turned down the chance to play James Bond early on in his career

Why Hugh Jackman Said No to Playing James Bond Ryan Scott

Hugh Jackman rejected the role of James Bond because he felt the scripts had become "unbelievable and crazy".

In a recent interview with Variety, the X-Men actor revealed how he was approached for lead role in the popular spy franchise, and how he turned it down.

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

"I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I'd be interested in Bond", Jackman recalled.

"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. You just have to sign on, '" Jackman added.

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

People protested a blonde James Bond when Daniel Craig was cast, but imagine their reaction had the producers chosen an Australian - especially after the franchise's troubled history with Aussies. Yes that's right, Hugh thought the Bond scripts were too "crazy" for him.

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".

Jackman said that he's always wanted to try to do "different things" in his career, although he anxious about getting typecast between X-Men 3 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as the roles he started getting offered were becoming too similar. The main feeling I had was: "There, that's the character".

For more from Jackman, including how his Wolverine audition came about (he thought he'd botched it) and his passion for The Greatest Showman, head over to Variety. "I feel like I've done it now.' And I was calm and at peace, but I'm going to miss that guy".

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