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Hugh Jackman on turning down Bond role

Hugh Jackman on turning down Bond role

Hugh Jackman apparently was neither shaken nor stirred by the possibility of playing James Bond. In an interview with Variety, the actor said he was set to do "X-Men 2" when his agent approached him about possibly starring as 007. Instead he went on to star in the "X-Men" sequel, which came out in 2003, and Daniel Craig took over the Bond franchise from Pierce Brosnan.

Jackman, whose new film, "The Greatest Showman," is due in theaters Dec 20, said he tries to mix it up when it comes to his roles. Avoiding being pigeonholed is part of the reason why Jackman has tried to make the move from playing Wolverine to other parts, including that of P.T. Barnum in his latest film. The actor sings dances and tries to embody all the larger-than-life pizazz that made the circus owner "the greatest showman."