"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. Here's what Jackman had to say about it.
Hugh Jackman turned down the role of James Bond, it has been revealed. The main feeling I had was: "There, that's the character".
"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". "And I was calm and at peace, but I'm going to miss that guy".
So it's understandable that Jackman might not have wanted to be involved - even though he continued to star in the even-less plausible X-Men franchise, which is literally about superheroes.
"I just felt at the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and insane, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real", he continued, perhaps thinking about Die Another Day's infamous invisible auto.
'The response was: "Oh, you don't get a say".
There is certainly a difference looking back between the Wolverine we see in Logan and the one in 2000's X-Men, but the character has evolved over time so perhaps Jackman is selling himself a little short.
Eventually, Daniel Craig stepped in to play James Bond with "Casino Royale" in 2006.
Surprisingly, when it came to taking over the famous British sleuth's character from legendary Pierce Brosnan, Craig was not the first name in the list. Jackman was determined to keep variety in his career, though, and two megafranchises would have likely prevented that.
Despite now being one of Hollywood's most popular actors, Hugh is often praised for his humility and generosity.