It’s strange how things can turn out in life, but for a twist of fate. We all know the story by now of how Hugh Jackman was cast as Wolverine, thanks to an injury to original choice Dougray Scott. But we’re now finding out that our favourite Aussie actor might have headlined a second major franchise.
In a recent interview with Variety, Jackman revealed that he was in contention to replace Pierce Brosnan as super spy 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.”
And so the 49-year-old went on to play Wolverine for 17 years, culminating in this year’s Logan (see our review). In between, he did excellent movies like The Prestige and The Fountain, worked with directors like Christopher Nolan and Baz Luhrmann and also worked extensively on Broadway.
Not a bad career, eh? And Jackman’s still got many more years to go.