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Hugh Jackman reveals why he rejected Tom Hooper’s musical Cats

Hugh Jackman in a recent interview has revealed that the director Tom Hooper had approached him during the pre-production of Cats but he turned down the offer as he had a pretty busy schedule.

And it seems like the Australian actor’s busy schedule saved him from staring in Cats that turned out to be one of the biggest movie disasters in recent history, both critically and commercially.

In an interview with the Daily Beast, Jackman confirmed that Hooper had called him during the pre-production.

“There were a couple of options there based on availability and time but I just wasn’t available back then,” Hugh said.

“I’m in the theatre man, and I don’t want to be in the business of bashing people jumping on bandwagons. I haven’t seen it, and Tom Hooper’s one of the great filmmakers we have,” he said.

Jackman, who decided to end his stint as Wolverine with the 2017 movie Logan, said he would not return to the role but is okay with the idea being rebooted with another actor.

“I knew it was the right time for me to leave the part not just for me, but for the character. Somebody else will pick it up and run with it. It’s too good of a character not to. It’s kind of like, you’re on your way home and your friend rings you and goes, Oh, dude, a new DJ just came on and the music is awesome, are you going to come back?’ And you say, Sounds good, but no. They’re fine with someone else.

Jackman will be seen on television as the lead in the HBO film Bad Education, which debuted at  theToronto International Film Festivel last September.

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