Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Could Disney/Fox Deal Draw Hugh Jackman Back to Wolverine?

Could Disney/Fox Deal Draw Hugh Jackman Back to Wolverine?

And it seems that our home-bred Hugh Jackman piqued their interest, having just begun playing Wolverine in the 2000 hit X-Men.

Daniel Craig was ultimately offered the role and, well, it seems like they decided to make him gritty after all. However, the actor felt the franchise wasn't gritty enough at the time and made a decision to opt out of portraying James Bond.

Hugh Jackman revealed he was approached to play James Bond in the early 2000s, but turned the opportunity down because the scripts were a bit too wacky for his taste.

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

The star, who has appeared in an array of action films throughout his career, said he could have played legendary MI6 agent James Bond.

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.

Ironically, the Bond films did become grittier and real with the release of Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig as the iconic superspy.

Jackman recalled his agent telling him he doesn't "get a say" in the scripts and "just have to sign on". Logan - his final portrayal as Wolverine after almost two decades with the character - is one of the most well-received superhero films of all time, and he's about to roll out The Greatest Showman, a massive spectacle about the life of P.T. Barnum. The film was a tremendous departure from the rest of the X-Men movie universe (Deadpool is also R-rated, but it's a comedy), rendering a wounded, soulful Wolverine on a quest for a little redemption in a ruined world.

"'X-Men, ' I'd never have time to do different things", Jackman told Variety. "People wanted me to play that kind of hero part exclusively", he said.

The beloved actor who brought Wolverine to life on the big screen for almost two decades is now promoting his latest movie, The Greatest Showman.

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