The award-winning actor - who starred as Wolverine in the "X-Men" film series - recalled: "I was about to do "X-Men 2" and a call came from my agent asking if I'd be interested in Bond".
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. However, the actor felt the franchise wasn't gritty enough at the time and chose to opt out of portraying James Bond. Becoming James Bond is a pretty big deal considering only seven men have played him on the big screen in the franchise's history - however the allure clearly didn't ring too much with Jackman and he turned down the offer.
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Jackman, whose new film, "The Greatest Showman", is due in theaters December 20, said he tries to mix it up when it comes to his roles.
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Jackman doesn't appear to regret his decision to turn down the offer to become Pierce Brosnan's successor and instead is happy with the way he pulled off Wolverine.
"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. And the response was: 'Oh, you don't get a say. "I feel like I've done it now". "You just have to sign on.' I was also anxious that between Bond and 'X-Men, ' I'd never have time to do different things".
"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".
He will reprise his role for the 25th Bond film possibly for the last time, that goes on floors early next year.