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Hugh Jackman Turned Down Chance to be James Bond

Hugh Jackman Turned Down Chance to be James Bond

Hugh Jackman poses during a photo call for his new show, Back on Broadway, at Pearl Studios on Tuesday (October 18) in New York City.

The 43-year-old Aussie actor recently revealed he might’ve played James Bond in 2006′s Casino Royale, a role that was eventually taken on by Daniel Craig.

“I got a call from my agent saying, ‘There is some possible interest in you for Bond. Are you interested?’ At the time, I wasn’t,” Hugh told the Press Association (via New York Post), adding that he had already signed on for X-Men 2 and Wolverine and “didn’t want to be doing two such iconic characters at once.”

“I think every male at some point thinks about playing James Bond,” he said. “So it was not right then, but it may be right if it comes back.”

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  • siennagold

    I would LOVE to see him as James Bond!

  • Shana

    I would see any film he is on….lol

  • Chris Servais

    He is definately a 10 in my book! After seeing him in the Boy from Oz musical in Sydney, he exceeded all my expectations of it. He seems like a very down to earth person who loves his wife & family.
    http://flawlessfacts.com/

  • Henry

    Oh please! She would have loved the role if offered.

  • Mike

    I bet he is power bottom.

  • http://tdat slig o ^_____________^ cute

    hugh jaman normal better take barnaby dunn and moritz laufer they good looking

  • Rygan

    @Henry: HE would have loved the role. HE: ( /ˈhiː/, unstressed /iː/) is a third-person, singular personal pronoun (subjective case) in Modern English, as well as being a personal pronoun in Middle English.

    Anyway, Connery isn’t English like 007 but Scottish and was the best James Bond. Jackman is born in Australia but both his parents are British, in addition HE has talent, charisma, charm, self-irony, athleticism and a strong influence on the female audience, so this actor could be the best Bond after Connery. The producer of James Bond movies is Barbara Broccoli, the same that produced A Steady Rain, starring on Broadway by Craig and Jackman, so a natural change of roles could be possible, except that Jackman is full of professional commitments at least until 2013 and Bond’s character died after Sean Connery’s golden era.

  • mwannir
  • Tota

    Great job. So glad for me

  • ha ha

    This man is a class act, great looking and talented

  • http://tdat slig o ^_____________^ cute

    good some people here

  • LOL

    Too late.
    But it’s good promotion for your film/play.

  • http://www.ragnewyork.com Alex Levin

    having seen Casino Royale I think he made the right choice

  • To 7

    Jackman and his fans should know that he does not have a chance. Barbara Broccoli has said at that time ”Jackman was too effeminate for James Bond” – She disliked him as Bond. Martin Campbell wanted Henry Cavill, but Barbara deeply had a fixation on Craig (Y’know she digged up Craig). All the fans of Bond know it. And next James Bond will be in his mid thirties (e.g. Fassbender, Hardy, Caville or unknown rising stars) – Jackman and Craig are of an age. Too OLD, so NO chance.

  • to 14

    Not exactly… she said Hugh was too fey.
    =============
    In the new James Bond film 007 is played by the beloved Daniel Craig. We will discover the origin of his martini, Aston Martin, and why he dislikes all crispy pancakes except for the cheese ones. The story behind the film is even more thrilling. Having embarked on an adaption of Ian Fleming’s first novel Eon realised, to their horror, that no actor was capable of doing it. A leaked memo revealed the extent of the casting crisis. Ewan Mcgregor was ‘too short’. Eric Bana ‘not handsome enough’. Hugh Jackman ‘too fey’. Matthew Mcfayden ‘a dipstick’. Adrian Paul was ‘having a laugh’. Gerard Butler was deemed unsuitable for ‘giving Barbara Broccoli a funny look while she was eating her pudding in a London restaurant in 1999′. Even Daniel Craig was originally ruled out for being ‘too brilliant’. Broccoli was genuinely concerned that audiences might ‘spontaneously combust’ if they saw Craig in his swimming-trunks. Thankfully, sense prevailed and after consultation with the appropriate health and safety boards Craig was signed to the delight of Bond fans everywhere. But it could all have been so different. Luke Quantrill travels into a parallel universe to review Bond 21 as it would undoubtedly have been without Daniel Loughton Barnarby Craig.
    http://www.alternative007.co.uk/34.htm

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  • Claire

    Yawn.. Why do actors always use the same trick? That’s unoriginality as PR of being dull and hackneyed, the old typical PR for new movie, indeed.

  • laverdadduele

    He would have been a perfect James Bond. Can’t say the same about pancake-face Daniel Craig.

  • Joel

    Hasn’t Hugh known what the Bond boss said? I’ve read it in the article of “this is London” and “Times UK” long before. If he hasn’t known, his remark is embarrassing! Geez.

  • criss

    Hugh is way better looking than Daniel ! Even a blind can tell

  • irene olson

    Ohhhhhh, dang! I love James Bond movies, but do not like Daniel Craig playing James. Hugh Jackman would have been GREAT!

  • rita

    :my thoughts exactly:)

  • Abigail

    This guy is huge!

  • http://thissillymillie.tumblr.co.uk Millie England

    I doubt that. I mean is there a James Bond that isn’t British? No. People (and I mean us British) would have had a field day if there was a non-British Bond. Wouldn’t of happened.

  • http://thissillymillie.tumblr.co.uk Millie England

    I doubt that. I mean is there a James Bond that isn’t British? No. People (and I mean us British) would have had a field day if there was a non-British Bond. Wouldn’t of happened.

  • http://thissillymillie.tumblr.co.uk Millie England

    I doubt that. I mean is there a James Bond that isn’t British? No. People (and I mean us British) would have had a field day if there was a non-British Bond. Wouldn’t of happened.

  • http://thissillymillie.tumblr.co.uk Millie England

    I doubt that. I mean is there a James Bond that isn’t British? No. People (and I mean us British) would have had a field day if there was a non-British Bond. Wouldn’t of happened.

  • http://thissillymillie.tumblr.co.uk Millie England

    I doubt that. I mean is there a James Bond that isn’t British? No. People (and I mean us British) would have had a field day if there was a non-British Bond. Wouldn’t of happened.

  • to Millie England

    George Lazenby is an Australian.
    By the way, I dedicate the proverb to Hugh ー It’s no use crying over spilt milk.

  • Britney

    @14, I can’t see Assbender as the new James Bond. He’s good as an actor, but he’s a woman beater. I knew Connery also was a woman beater, but other times, other manners. So, I don’t think Broccoli chooses him b/c she’s a feminist (she produced the clip of International Women’s Day) Although James Bond is a womanizer and killes women, he’s NEVER a crazy woman beater!

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