Hugh Jackman Talks Playing Wolverine & Turning Down Offer To Play James Bond

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And Hugh Jackman has revealed he nearly became the legendary celluloid spy James Bond, but turned down the role at the last minute.

The beloved actor who brought Wolverine to life on the big screen for almost two decades is now promoting his latest movie, The Greatest Showman.

In a new interview with Variety, the 49-year-old addressed what could have been, saying: "I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I'd be interested in Bond". And the response was: "Oh, you don't get a say".

Apart from his desire to pivot the iconic spy character in a different direction, the Logan star was also wary of the demanding nature of the two franchises - Bond and X-Men.

Do you think Hugh Jackman would have been a worthy James Bond? "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".

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.

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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.

Daniel Craig in a scene from Spectre.

"But there was a time between "X-Men 3" and the first Wolverine movie when I could see the roles getting smaller", he told Variety.

Jackman said he tried adding layers to his role till its death in "Logan" this year, which also made him feel "a little bit claustrophobic" at a point of time.

He once said he'd prefer to "slash his wrists" than do another one and yet he's signed up for the 26 Bond film, which is expected to be released in 2019.