Hugh Jackman: I Turned Down a Chance at Playing James Bond

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Jackman -- Hugh Jackman -- wasn't interested in being agent 007.

The 43-year-old Real Steel star was considered for the role of James Bond in the 2006 film Casino Royale, but the timing just wasn't right.

"I got a call from my agent saying, 'There is some possible interest in you for Bond. Are you interested?'" he told the Press Association, as excerpted by "At the time, I wasn't." 

"I was about to shoot X-Men 2 and Wolverine had become this thing in my life," he explained. "I didn't want to be doing two such iconic characters at once." 

The role ultimately went to Daniel Craig, but Jackman shouldn't be discounted for future Bond flicks.

"I think every male at some point thinks about playing James Bond," he said. "So it was not right then, but it may be right if it comes back."

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