James Bond is one of, if not the most, iconic movie characters of all time. Seven actors have portrayed the role of the handsome secret agent since 1962.
As someone in the younger generation, I’m most familiar with Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig playing the role. But apparently, there was another major Hollywood actor who almost got the role over Daniel: Hugh Jackman.
Hugh sat down with Variety and explained that he was a contender to replace Pierce Brosnan in the franchise’s next movie. Instead of taking the role, Hugh decided to focus on his Wolverine character from the highly popular X-Men franchise.
“I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I’d be interested in Bond,” he told the magazine.
Hugh immediately rejected the offer because he didn’t like the recent scripts and story lines. “I just felt at the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and crazy, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real,” he explained. “And the response was: ‘Oh, you don’t get a say. You just have to sign on.’ I was also worried that between Bond and X-Men, I’d never have time to do different things.”
As fate would have it, Hugh went on to be featured in almost a dozen other X-Men roles instead of taking the role of James Bond! His infamous X-Men character almost didn’t even happen either. It wasn’t until Dougray Scott, the first choice for the role, had to drop out.
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