“I was about to do ‘X-Men 2’ and a call came from my agent asking if I’d be interested in Bond,” recalls Jackman as he dives into a plate of salmon. “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.”
First of all, I know we all love Hugh Jackman but I am not about to let him get away with this revisionist history where he claims that he told the James Bond producers that the franchise needs to be grittier so that he’s basically taking credit for Daniel Craig’s performance. No. No, you did not say that. You are not the reason that Casino Royale is great. Fuck out of here with that.
But anyway, did Hugh Jackman make a mistake by choosing Wolverine over James Bond?
First of all, James Bond movies aren’t that great. Outside of Casino Royale, I have no desire to watch any of these Daniel Craig flicks. Skyfall was ‘fine’ at best. I don’t even remember what Quantum of Solace was about.
Having said that, please name all of the great X-Men movies with Wolverine in them. I’ll wait. Oh yea, there aren’t any. That original trilogy is AWFUL and aged like orange juice. I know those movies came out before we figured out the formula for a good comic book movie but I’d rather spend the weekend on fire than having to watch any of those movies.
Yes. Yes, Jackman made a mistake but life leveled out because Daniel Craig ended up being the best James Bond since Connery and Logan is the best comic book movie so far. It all worked out but again, Jackman 1000% did not tell the James Bond producers that the character needs to be grittier. No.
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