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Tony Winner Hugh Jackman Reveals He Turned Down 'James Bond' Role

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Stacy Diaz | 07 December, 2017, 18:19

Hugh Jackman just revealed in an interview with Variety that he turned down the role after being called to step into the famous suit of the MI6 spy.

Speaking with Variety, Jackman revealed he had been considered to replace Pierce Brosnan, who starred as 007 in four films, from 1995 to 2002. The Bond film released later that year was Die Another Day, complete with ice palaces and invisible cars.

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

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'. The response was: 'Oh, you don't get a say.

He said he was "worried that between Bond and X-Men, (he'd) never have time to do different things".

Hugh Jackman's outstanding performance in director James Mangold's Logan marked his final appearance as Wolverine after playing the character for almost two decades.

The 2006 movie, starring Daniel Craig, obviously included those things, but it was a big shift away from the stuff viewers had seen with ever-increasing severity over the years.

"I wish I'd started playing him like that 17 years ago", Jackman says. "So there's some sense of missed opportunity, but when I saw 'Logan, ' I sat there and I did have tears in my eyes".

As well as discussing the what-could-have-beens of Bond, Jackman spoke of his one regret for Wolverine, a character he's made a decision to retire having played the Marvel mutant since the year 2000. The main feeling I had was: 'There, that's the character. "I feel like I've done it now".

Still, turning down these iconic roles doesn't seem to have impacted Jackman's career too much.