Hugh says James Bond scripts were ‘unbelievable’

AUSTRALIAN actor Hugh Jackman has explained why he previously rejected the role of James Bond.

The 49-year-old actor was offered the chance to replace Pierce Brosnan as the iconic secret agent, but Hugh was left unimpressed by the scripts and the role was ultimately handed to Daniel Craig.

The award-winning actor – who starred as Wolverine in the ‘X-Men’ film series – recalled, “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 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.”

Hugh explained that, for a portion of his career, he worried about being pigeon-holed as an actor.

The Australian star felt it was important for him to prove his versatility as a performer.

Speaking to Variety magazine, he shared, “I always tried to do different things. But there was a time between ‘X-Men 3’ and the first Wolverine movie when I could see the roles getting smaller.

“People wanted me to play that kind of hero part exclusively. It felt a little bit claustrophobic.” – BANG!