In an interview with Variety, the actor said he was set to do "X-Men 2" when his agent approached him about possibly starring as 007. Jackman instead went on to portray Wolverine in eight more X-Men films, and capped off his 17 years as the character with 2017's Logan. Jackman won critical and commercial acclaim with his final outing as Logan. Here's what Jackman had to say about it. 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.
HUGH Jackman has revealed the reason he once turned down the role of 007 in the James Bond movies. The main feeling I had was: 'There, that's the character. "And I was calm and at peace, but I'm going to miss that guy".
Jackman was quick to decline though, saying: "I just felt the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and insane, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real. I feel like I've done it now". "But I'm in the surgeon's office, and he's not letting me leave until I call you and say there's no way I can sing tomorrow'".
Jackman is a massive movie star, and has been for a very long time. "You just have to sign on.' I was also anxious that between Bond and 'X-Men",' I'd never have time to do different things".
Surprisingly, when it came to taking over the famous British sleuth's character from legendary Pierce Brosnan, Craig was not the first name in the list.
Luckily for Jackman, he was able to break out of the typecasting mold and has now booked a wide variety of diverse roles, including a leading part in the upcoming musical The Greatest Showman, in which he will play circus pioneer P.T. Barnum.