Hugh Jackman Explains Why He Turned Down A Chance To Play James Bond, And Thank Goodness That He Did
In a lengthy new interview with Variety to promote his upcoming film The Greatest Showman, Hugh Jackman revealed the reason why he once turned down a chance to play James Bond. The reason why? It rhymes with Polverine.
Numerous parts of Jackman’s life and career are covered in the interview, including how he somehow got the musical based on P.T. Barnum made despite much skepticism from the studios.
Even Jackman sounds surprised that the Barnum musical got made, confessing that he put the odds at less than 50-50 that cameras would ever roll. Yet there was something about the story of this self-made man, who climbed the social ladder by displaying bearded ladies, tattooed men, sword-swallowers and other curiosities in his traveling circus, that he couldn’t shake. He had a kind of chutzpah that was infectious.
“He created this world that no one had even thought possible,” says Jackman. “He really, for me, epitomized the idea that your imagination is your limit in a time where things were very rigid and when the social position you were born into was the one you were stuck in.”