Rege-Jean Page is “flattered” by speculation that he could be the next James Bond
The 31-year-old actor has been tipped to take over from Daniel Craig as 007 after portraying the Duke of Hastings in the hit Netflix period drama Bridgerton but is relaxed about the rumours, describing them as “fairly normal”.
Rege told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “Ah, the B word. I think if you are British and do anything of note, that other people take notice of, then people will start talking about that. That’s fairly normal and I’m flattered to be in the category of Brits that people have noticed.”
It was recently revealed that Rege will not be returning for the second series of Bridgerton but he remained tight-lipped about his replacing Daniel, who is set to play Bond for the final time in the long-awaited film ‘No Time To Die’, suggesting that it is impossible to make career plans amid the coronavirus crisis.
He said: “The concept of having plans in this moment in history is mildly hilarious. I’ve given up making them.”
Since starring in Bridgerton, Rege has landed roles in the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons film as well as the Netflix movie The Gray Man and he admits that he is “very focused” on acting.
He explained: “I can be a bit of a racehorse. I do enjoy my work. I like to turn up for it, put my blinders on and just run towards where I need to be without thinking about anything else. I’m very focused. People ask me what my hobbies are. The answer is acting.”
Meanwhile Rege has spoken out after it was claimed he missed out on a role because of his race
The star reportedly auditioned for the part of Superman’s grandfather in the Krypton series of Syfy but it was alleged he was passed for the role because Geoff Johns, DC Films co-founder, said the character couldn’t be Black, the Hollywood Reporter claimed in a recent article.
And now seemingly responding to the claims, Regé-Jean admits it “hurts no less than now” than before.
He wrote on Twitter: “Hearing about these conversations hurts no less now than it did back then. The clarifications almost hurt more tbh … Still just doing my thing … Still we do the work … We still fly. (sic)”
However, Johns’ team have denied the claims, insisting that this is not what took place and that the casting process “is being twisted to be something that it is not”.
They added in a statement: “He never got to the stage where he would be selected by producers to be sent to the studio nor did he ever officially test for WBTV.
“The role was for Superman’s grandfather – which came after the Justice League movies and the decision was made that the role was supposed to mirror Henry Cavill and his father which was played by Russell Crowe in the movie. The actor being cast as such was supposed to resemble either actor. This is being twisted to be something that it is not and someone throwing a name out there to get headlines.”
Author: BANG Showbiz