After being plucked from relative obscurity at the end of the millennium, Hugh Jackman found himself a household name when he brought Marvel’s Wolverine to life in the first X-Men movie. The Australian actor would go on to play the role for literally decades and will reprise it in Marvel Studios’ upcoming new Deadpool movie starring Ryan Reynolds. However, after the huge success of X-Men, Jackman received many offers in Hollywood, including the role that many action-oriented stars would kill for, James Bond 007 by Ian Fleming.
Speak with IndieWire in a new interview, Jackman opened up about that early part of his career and how it posed a problem for him to repeat himself. “I didn’t want to do the same things,” revealed Jackman (H/T The playlist). “You know, the hero action star role. I mean, it was the meat-and-potatoes of a lot of American movies, that archetype. It was all different forms of heroic guys in tough situations. I was like ‘Uh This is a problem.'” Jackman then admitted that the EON Productions team called about playing James Bond after Pierce Brosnan, presumably for Casino Royale, adding: “I looked into it. I was like of, “If I do that and Wolverine, I won’t have time to do anything else.” I think it’s clearly more interesting to play people who color outside the lines.”
Who will play the next James Bond?
Following the end of Daniel Craig’s tenure as Agent 007, the franchise’s producers are once again looking for an actor to take over the role in view of a long run on the series. Unfortunately for Hugh, he may be too committed to playing Wolverine (again) one last time and seems ineligible for the role of James Bond. In an earlier interview, producer Barbara Broccoli talked about hoping for an actor in his 30s.
“When you change the actor, you have to re-imagine the direction the movie is going in,” Broccoli said Empire. “When you hire an actor, you hope to spend at least 10 years with them and do four or five or six movies with them. So you have to think hard, ‘what’s the trajectory? steer in a different direction?'”
“It’s not just flipping through Spotlight and saying, ‘Oh, there’s a guy who’s 6’1,'” Broccoli continued. “We’re going to take our time. We want to get a sense of where we want to go with the series and we want to do that before we bring anyone else forward. We’ll probably start the process with [writers] To rob [Wade] and Neil [Purvis] and we’ll see where we go!”
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