Tony Winner Hugh Jackman Reveals He Turned Down 'James Bond' Role

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It will certainly be interesting to see whether or not Jackman's retirement from the Wolverine role ends up being short-lived, should Disney and Fox come to an agreement.

The Oscar-nominated actor's upcoming movie The Greatest Showman, which revolves around popular American showman PT Barnum and his journey, is slated for release in the USA theatres on December 20. Here's what Jackman had to say about it.

"I wish I'd started playing him like that 17 years ago. And I was calm and at peace, but I'm going to miss that guy". It was Hugh and James Mangold and myself, and when it got to the last 10 minutes of the movie, it was emotional and intense, and I could feel myself getting choked up.

Jackman is a massive movie star, and has been for a very long time. There's a spirit of determination there that's actually rather moving.

Cast your mind back to 2004, when Wolverine was at his peak and Hugh Jackman was arguably one of the biggest stars on the planet, and you may recall the moment when Jackman turned down the chance to play James Bond. "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", says Jackman.

'The response was: "Oh, you don't get a say".

He also confirms that for him to take on an additional role that often came with a multi-movie deal such as his role as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise, it probably would have meant he would not have had time for other roles.

After moving on to the lead in 2003's X-MEN sequel, the role of 007 went to Daniel Craig. Jackman was determined to keep variety in his career, though, and two megafranchises would have likely prevented that.

The actor sings, dances and tries to embody all the larger-than-life pizazz that made the circus owner "the greatest showman".

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