Hugh Jackman Reveals Reason He Lost Out on a Role in This Sandra Bullock-Led Classic

You win some, you lose some.

Hugh Jackman opened up for the first time about losing a role he ultimately didn't want in the first place. 

The actor recently told Variety that he auditioned for the classic film Miss Congeniality, which the brilliant Sandra Bullock led. He would have starred alongside the actress as her love interest, FBI agent Eric Matthews. 

Jackman told the outlet that he did not want to feature in the film, but his agent was keen on having him audition for the role. 

The actor noted that he was a "nobody" and that landing the role would've allowed his agent to negotiate against another film he had been offered which was "Someone Like You" starring Ashley Judd

For the audition, the actor read lines with Bullock, and he was blown away by her acting abilities, noting that he thought, “‘Holy s–t! She’s amazing! And so quick and fast. I’m not even vaguely up to speed here.’ I was pedaling as fast as I could, but I didn’t know the script well enough.”

“I was impressed that she was in there. I didn’t expect her to be in there. I’m guessing eight people she tested with," he recalled, noting that it had been the first time he read lines with another actor for an audition. 

Ultimately, the role ended up going to Benjamin Bratt, who opened up to Parade in 2010 about being an actor, noting that "growing up, I wanted to be anything but an actor. I was thinking maybe a race car driver or a fireman."

Although Jackman didn't land Miss Congeniality, he still made a name for himself with roles like Logan in X-Menwhich was released in 2000 and has been marked as one of his most prominent roles to date.

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