Hugh Jackman has become synonymous with Wolverine. He began playing the role 18 years ago and has given most of his life getting in shape and sacrificing time with his family to give fans the Wolverine adapation they deserved.
Back when Daniel Craig was chosen to play James Bond, he was rejected by longtime fans of the franchise due to his smaller stature and blond hair. Hugh Jackman could’ve very well quelled that uproar had he snagged the role. But instead Jackman became a household name after he joined the cast of X-Men and never let go of the ravenous Canadian mutant.
During a recent interview with Variety, Jackman revealed that he actually chose to stay on as Wolverine in X2: X-Men United rather than try to take on the role of James Bond.
“I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I’d be interested in Bond. I just felt at the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and crazy, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real. And the response was: ‘Oh, you don’t get a say. You just have to sign on.’ I was also worried that between Bond and ‘X-Men,’ I’d never have time to do different things.”
How different would Hollywood look had Hugh Jackman chosen to be James Bond rather than Logan? Fans would not have gotten the epic saga that is the tale of Wolverine, which culminated in this year’s Logan, which is rightfully surrounded by Oscar buzz at the time of this writing.
This news also reveals that James Bond producers were looking to replace Pierce Brosnan before Die Another Day came out, as X2: X-Men United began filming during the summer of 2002 and that specific Bond film came out just a few short months later.