Why Hugh Jackman Turned Down The Chance To Be James Bond

How different things could have been

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While the Bond franchise doesn't exactly have the best track record with Australians (R.I.P George Lazenby's career), things might have been so different if Hugh Jackman had decided to accept the offer to audition for the iconic black dinner jacket.

An actor with the hair and jawline to do Bond justice (the only things that are important), Jackman ultimately turned down the role because he felt like the films needed to be "grittier".

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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. 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. 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."

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

Maybe they took Jackman's feedback on board?

As well as discussing the what-could-have-beens of Bond, Jackman spoke of his one regret for Wolverine, a character he's decided to retire having played the Marvel mutant since the year 2000.

"I wish I'd started playing him like that 17 years ago," said the actor, referencing his final showing in Logan, adding, "When I saw Logan, I sat there and I did have tears in my eyes."

"The main feeling I had was: 'There, that's the character. I feel like I've done it now.' And I was calm and at peace, but I'm going to miss that guy."

Thanks for Logan, Hugh. And thanks for (maybe) making Bond grittier.