Currently, James Bond bosses Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson are looking for the next 007 actor. Whoever they decide on will replace Daniel Craig, who stepped down from the role last year. But long before Craig was the Bond we know and love, a Marvel and X-Men star topped his list: Hugh Jackman.
Jackman is one of the most popular actors out there. In addition to making history playing Wolverine for more than 15 years, he also broke box office records with his musical theater film The Greatest Showman, in which he played the lead, PT Barnum.
However, before he was a household name, he was offered the role of James Bond for the upcoming Casino Royale movie.
In a new interview, he revealed that he turned it down because he “didn’t want to do the same things again.” She explained that Wolverine and Bond were too similar on the big screen. He said it was “the role of the action star hero.” He continued: “He was the meat and potatoes of a lot of American movies, that archetype. They were all various forms of heroic guys in tough situations.”
Jackman, 54, recalled thinking, “Uh, no. This is trouble.”
Jackman continued: “I took a look at it. I thought, ‘If I’m doing that [Bond] and Wolverine, I won’t have time to do anything else.'”
The Australian actor added that he tries to choose his roles based on how the characters act, rather than their prestige. He said, “I clearly find it more interesting to play people who color outside the lines.”
This trait, he revealed, was the secret to his success. Jackman explained, “I think it’s important for me to be pushed into areas where I don’t know if I can pull it off. I’ve never felt confident as an actor.”
As a result of turning down James Bond, the actor starred in a host of major films, including The Prestige, Australia, Real Steel, Les Miserables, and Prisoners, as well as his half-dozen Wolverine movies.
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Now that Craig has stepped down after No Time To Die, Bond bosses are looking for a “30-something” actor to take his place. Unfortunately, that means Jackman is out of the game this time.
However, one of his fellow Marvel actors is currently climbing the ranks of the ever-changing Bond odds.
Rumors recently surfaced that Aaron Taylor-Johnson had a secret audition with Bond bosses behind the scenes. The British star is of course best known for playing Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff in Avengers: Age of Ultron. After the news of this auditioning success, Taylor-Johnson’s odds of becoming the new and improved 007 dropped to a staggering 8/1 from Ladbrokes.
This puts him right behind fan favorite Tom Hardy who is currently a mighty 5/1. However, he still has work to do to become the favorite.
Currently, Regé-Jean Page is the best candidate to become the next James Bond. He owns an incredible 3/1 Ladbrokes, and is only followed by one major star: Henry Cavill.
The Superman actor is currently 7/2 to take on the role, but now that he’s firmly back in the cape as Clark Kent, will he have time to be the world’s most beloved spy, too?
Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati said: “We’ve seen interest in Aaron Taylor-Johnson over the past week and at this point we can’t write him off the list of favourites…he’s now firmly in the likes of old favourites, Tom Hardy and Idris Elba, in the bets of 007”.
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