Hugh Jackman reveals why he rejected the role of James Bond

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The 49-year-old actor recently opened up about why he turned down the role of James Bond.

Hugh Jackman risked his health to secure funding for his movie musical The Greatest Showman back in 2015 by ignoring doctor's orders not to sing.

Speaking with Variety, Jackman revealed he had been considered to replace Pierce Brosnan, who starred as 007 in four films, from 1995 to 2002.

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.

Jackman was quick to decline though, saying: "I just felt the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and insane, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real".

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

Jackman and Gracey decided against telling their invited guests until the big presentation began, and instead had Broadway regular Jeremy Jordan sing the movie star's parts during the special read-through, as Hugh acted it out in silence. "I was also anxious that between Bond and X-Men, I'd never have time to do different things", he admitted. He would have been balancing the X-Men franchise and the James Bond franchise at the same time, which would be incredibly hard for any actor, which is part of the reason he turned down the role.

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

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.

"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. The untitled next James Bond movie has a November 8, 2019 release date.

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