Hugh Jackman as James Bond?

Hugh Jackman was offered James Bond before Daniel Craig. Here's why he said 'no'

And while the iconic films have been popular for decades, the 49-year-old actor said he just couldn't get on board with the "crazy scripts" at the time.

NEW YORK-Hugh Jackman has become an undeniable Wolverine for X-Men fans, yet there was a chance that he could've played Bond instead.

"I was about to do "X-Men 2" and a call came from my agent asking if I'd be interested in Bond", he said. 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 has revealed he could have been James Bond. Craig will reprise his role for the 25th Bond film, possibly for the last time, that goes on floors early next year.

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"He said", I was anxious that between "Bond" and "X-Men", I'd never have time to do different things".

While some film buffs will no doubt point out that Bond was also played by David Niven and a host of others in the 1967 spoof comedy, "Casino Royal", with Woody Allen playing Bond's nephew.

"I always tried to do different things". "I was also anxious that between Bond and X-Men, I'd never have time to do different things". People wanted me to play that kind of hero part exclusively. Even Pierce Brosnan admitted things were getting a bit out of hand with that invisible vehicle being Exhibit A. That aside, another motivating factor for Jackman to turn down the part was the desire to do other projects. "We like to say that we made the movie that Barnum would have liked to make", Jackman said. He will be seen in "The Greatest Showman" which is expected to arrive in time for the awards season.

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