Hugh Jackman ditched James Bond role for X-Men 2

X-Men franchise star Hugh Jackman turned down the chance to play James Bond early on in his career

The Bond film released later that year was Die Another Day, complete with ice palaces and invisible cars.

"I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I'd be interested in Bond", the 48-year-old Australian revealed in an interview with Variety.

He added: 'I just felt at the time that the that the scripts has become so unbelievable and insane, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real'.

Jackman recalled his agent telling him he doesn't "get a say" in the scripts and "just have to sign on".

"I was also anxious that between Bond and X-Men, I'd never have time to do different things", he said.

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Hugh Jackman apparently was neither shaken nor stirred by the possibility of playing James Bond.

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

Little did we know that Mr Jackman is actually something of a triple threat, and really this type of role isn't out of the ordinary at all.

It's the early 2000s and Hugh Jackman has exploded onto the scene following his appearance in X-Men as the legendary Wolverine. Even Pierce Brosnan admitted things were getting a bit out of hand with that invisible auto being Exhibit A. That aside, another motivating factor for Jackman to turn down the part was the desire to do other projects. Then I looked over at Hugh and he was wiping his eyes, and I thought if Wolverine can weep at a movie, Charles Xavier can do the same thing.

Jackman said that he's always wanted to try to do "different things" in his career, although he anxious about getting typecast between X-Men 3 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as the roles he started getting offered were becoming too similar. People wanted me to play that kind of hero part exclusively.

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