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Why Hugh Jackman turned down 007 role

Hugh Jackman has revealed the “crazy” scripts turned him off playing James Bond.
Hugh Jackman has revealed the “crazy” scripts turned him off playing James Bond. Bang Showbiz

HUGH Jackman has revealed the reason he once turned down the role of 007 in the James Bond movies.

In a new interview with Variety, the 49-year-old actor revealed he just couldn't get on board with the "crazy" scripts.

"I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I'd be interested in Bond," Jackman said. "I just felt at the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and crazy, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real."

Daniel Craig in a scene from Spectre.
Daniel Craig in a scene from Spectre.

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

He added, "I was also worried that between Bond and X-Men, I'd never have time to do different things."

British actor Daniel Craig eventually took on the role of James Bond in 2006's Casino Royale. He continued the role for three other movies, the latest one being Spectre in 2015.

Jackman said he hasn't looked back since taking a pass on James Bond, adding he "always tried to do different things."

"But there was a time between X-Men 3 and the first Wolverine movie when I could see the roles getting smaller. People wanted me to play that kind of hero part exclusively. It felt a little bit claustrophobic," he said.

Jackman is currently starring in The Greatest Showman.

This story originally appeared in Fox News and is republished here with permission.

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