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    Hugh Jackman Avoided A Catastrophe By Turning Down A Role In "Cats"

    The one musical he is probably okay with not having on his IMDb page.

    As we all know by now, Cats stunk worse than three-week-old kitty litter left out in the hot sun.

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    Even some of the stars of the movie did an "I don't know her" to the film.

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    But there was one star who dodged the mess altogether: Hugh Jackman!

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    In an interview with the Daily Beast, Hugh revealed that he had been offered a role in the movie by the film's director, Tom Hopper.

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    Hugh said he was actually offered several roles, but had to turn it down due to scheduling issues:

    You know, Tom rang me early on because we did Les Mis together, and there were a couple of options there based on availability and time, and I really… yeah, I just wasn’t available at the time.

    But when he was asked whether or not he was happy he turned down the role, Hugh, being a gentleman, did not bash the movie, saying:

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

    Okay, I think it's very safe to say Hugh is probably happy with having turned down a role in the movie. Although, FTR, it would have made the film that much more iconically campy if he had been in it!

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