Hugh Jackman has admitted that he still regrets turning down a starring role in 2002 film Chicago.
The 42-year-old Australian actor was offered the lead role of Billy Flynn – which eventually went to Richard Gere – but turned it down because he felt that he was too young to look convincing.
The film, which also starred Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger, won six Academy Awards and Jackman said that he still regrets his decision to this day.
‘I turned down the movie Chicago because I was too young for the part, which Richard Gere played,’ he explained to OK! magazine.
‘I’d always wanted to do a movie musical and this one came along relatively early in my career but I thought I was too young as there was one line when he said, ‘I’ve seen it all, kid,’ and I was about 30 so I thought, how am I going to sell that line, it didn’t make sense to me.
‘A year later it went on to win all the Oscars and I remember thinking that perhaps a little bit of makeup could have worked.’