But Jackman turned down the part and the rest, as they say, is history.
Fans can see Hugh Jackman on screen again when The Greatest Showman arrives in theaters on December 20, 2017. The main feeling I had was: "There, that's the character. And I was calm and at peace, but I'm going to miss that guy". "I feel like I've done it now".
In February, shortly before Logan's theatrical release, Jackman said that although it wouldn't have necessarily stopped him from hanging up the claws and muttonchops, an opportunity to team up with Marvel Studios' Avengers would have at least made him reconsider his departure from superhero movie genre. There's something very encouraging about knowing that he just kept digging away at the character across nine films until he felt he finally got it right.
Jackman said: "I was about to do X-Men 2 and a call came from my agent asking if I'd be interested in Bond".
Jackman, who is best known for playing Wolverine in X-Men movies, recently revealed in an interview with Variety that he was offered to play iconic James Bond following the success of the first X-Men movie. However, the actor felt the franchise wasn't gritty enough at the time and chose to opt out of portraying James Bond.
He further added how he did not get any choice at that time as he said, "And the response was: 'Oh, you don't get a say".
He also confirms that for him to take on an additional role that often came with a multi-movie deal such as his role as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise, it probably would have meant he would not have had time for other roles.
At the time, Bond was being played by Pierce Brosnan and the role would eventually go, as we all know, to Daniel Craig.
Jackman is now starring in The Greatest Showman.