Before Daniel Craig took over the iconic James Bond from Pierce Brosnan, another actor on the A list had a chance and had passed him the role.
After the success of 2000 "X-Men," Hugh Jackman was a rising star. He starred in "Swordfish" in 2001 alongside Oscar winner Halle Berry and then appeared a couple of years later in the sequel to "X-Men."
"I was about to do X-Men 2 and I got a call from my agent asking if I would be interested in Bond," Jackman told Variety for this week's cover story.
But Jackman did not even consider the paper, he says.
"I felt at that moment that the scripts had become so incredible and crazy, and I felt that they had to become more rude and real," he said. "And the answer was:" Oh, you have no voice. You just have to sign up. "
The Oscar nominee said he felt similar feelings towards actors and actresses who were offered great franchise roles as Bond previously, who did not want to get stuck doing just that.
"I was also worried that, between Bond and 'X-Men', I never had time to do different things," he told Variety. "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 that the roles were getting smaller, people wanted me to interpret that kind of part of hero exclusively, he felt a little claustrophobic. "
Jackman kept his options open. In 2006, he starred with Christian Bale in "The Prestige" and then, a few years later, he won an Oscar for "Les Miserables".
Certainly not the only actor that has broadcast a great franchise. Josh Hartnett said he not only rejected the role of Batman in the early 2000s that would eventually go to Bale, but also to Superman and Spider-Man.
"Somehow I knew those roles had the potential to define me, and I did not want that," Hartnett told Details magazine in 2014. "I did not want to be labeled Superman for the rest of my career. 22 years, but I saw the danger. "
Al Pacino also died in "Star Wars," he said in 2014, adding that he did not understand the script when it came to him. At that time, he said he was "offered everything" after his famous turn in "The Godfather".
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