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Hugh Jackman reveals reason he 'refused' to play James Bond after Wolverine

In a recent interview, Jackman noted that he did "take a look" at the offer of playing the iconic James Bond
UPDATED NOV 26, 2022
Australian actor Hugh Jackman poses during a photo call to promote his new film Real Steel  (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
Australian actor Hugh Jackman poses during a photo call to promote his new film Real Steel (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Australian actor Hugh Jackman took the world by storm when he was cast as the legendary comic-book character Wolverine in the ‘X-Men’ franchise. The role made him earn worldwide recognition and he quickly became one of the hottest properties in Hollywood. However, the best part of his career is that he never put himself inside a bracket in his professional or did only one kind of role. However, there’s one role that he was offered in the initial part of his career that could have made him join an elite list of actors. Yes, we are talking about James Bond and if whatever Jackman said is true, we actually lost a chance to see the actor running across the globe to fight the bad guys in the most stylish ways possible.

James Bond is one of the most iconic characters in the history of cinema and has only been played by seven actors over the span of five decades. The last actor to play the fictional MI6 agent was Daniel Craig who ended his run as the iconic detective with last year’s blockbuster hit ‘No Time To Die’. But seems, we could have seen Jackman portraying the legendary character if he would have said yes to the offer, but it seems that he was not interested in the play Bond at the time.


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Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' (20th Century Studios)
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' (20th Century Studios)

While speaking in an interview with IndieWire, the 54-year-old actor noted that he was really frustrated with the kind of roles that were coming his way when he started playing Wolverine and decided to not do the same things. However, later in the interview, when he was asked if he was ever asked to play the role of 007, the actor responded by saying that “yes” he did take a “look” at the offer.

“I had a look at it. I was like, ‘If I’m doing that (James Bond) and Wolverine, I’ll have no time to do anything else.’ I clearly find it more interesting to play people who color outside the lines,” Jackman told IndieWire.

Over the span of five decades, actors such as Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig have had the opportunity to play the iconic character.

A still from 'No Time To Die' (MGM)
Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux in a still from 'No Time To Die' (MGM)

Following the end of Craig’s tenure as 007, the producers of the franchise are looking to find a new face to take over the part. But it seems, Jackman won’t be able to play the detective once again because he is playing Wolverine one last time and seems to be busy with commitments over the aforementioned role.

Honestly, it would have been thrilling to see Jackman playing the MI6 agent and bringing that brute force to the world of Bond. Well, let’s keep our fingers crossed, and maybe we’ll get a chance to see the superstar donning the iconic tuxedos.