Jude Law reveals the real reason why he turned down the role of Superman

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Jude Law Candidly Reveals Why He Turned Down the Role of Superman

Jude Law has played many memorable characters, including Dr. John Watson in Sherlock Holmes, but there is one iconic role that he turned down.... Superman.

Despite being a well-known actor, who seems to be able to take on any part thrown his way, Law revealed that he actually said no to portraying the legendary comic book hero, and it's not because he was too busy. In fact, it had to do with the costume!

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On Tuesday, Law appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to promote his new movie, Genius, and opened up about why he didn't want to be the next man to play the Man of Steel.

"This was a while ago. So, you remember they were rebooting, they rebooted Superman, not this last time with Henry Cavill. They did it once before," he explained.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Jude Law speaks at the press conference as JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL Presents Symphony In Blue: A Journey To The Centre of The Glass, on September 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for Diageo)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Jude Law attends JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL Presents SYMPHONY IN BLUE: A Journey To The Centre of The Glass on September 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Diageo)
UNSPECIFIED - UNDATED: Actor Jude Law sits aboard a boat on the set of the film 'The Gentleman's Wager' at sea. Johnnie Walker Blue Label has launched a partnership with Jude Law and 'The Gentleman's Wager' film. Directed by Jake Scott and also starring Italian actor Giancarlo Giannini, the film tells the story of a wager between two men striving for personal progress through the quest for a truly rare experience. The film was shot in the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean and London respectively and sees Law in the role of a man who, despite having it all, uses a wager as an excuse to challenge himself and strive for something he wants, but can't buy. (Photo by Getty Images for Diageo Global)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Actor Jude Law is seen on March 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by ESBP/Star Max/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Jude Law (L) attends the semi-final match between Noval Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov on centre court at The Wimbledon Championships at Wimbledon on July 4, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Actor Jude Law is seen on March 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Jude Law (L) and Lena Dunham attend The Cinema Society & Links of London screening of Fox Searchlight Pictures' 'Dom Hemingway' at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on March 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Actor Jude Law is seen outside of 'Good Morning America'on March 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Jude Law attends The Box 3rd Birthday Party sponsored by Belvedere Vodka at The Box Soho on February 12, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Belvedere Vodka)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Jude Law presents at the 59th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards at The Savoy Hotel on November 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Jude Law attends the UK Premiere of 'Dom Hemingway' at The Curzon Mayfair on October 28, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Jude Law attends the UK premiere of 'Dom Hemingway' at The Curzon Mayfair on October 28, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Director Richard Shepard, actors Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke and Madalina Ghenea pose at the 'Dom Hemingway' Press Conference during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 9, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sarjoun Faour Photography/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Jude Law arrives at the annual fundraising art auction in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust at The Groucho Club on May 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Jude Law (L) and Dan Macmillan attend the annual fundraising art auction in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust at The Groucho Club on May 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 07: Jude Law poses as he attends the 'Effet Secondaires' Premiere at UGC Cine Cite des Halles on March 7, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 12: Jude Law attends the 'Side Effects' Premiere during the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palast on February 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 12: Scott Z Burns, actors Jude Law ,Rooney Mara and director Steven Soderbergh attend the 'Side Effects' Premiere during the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palast on February 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/WireImage)
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"Like 2004 or something like that?" host Stephen Colbert asked.

"Yeah, something like that. When I was obviously young enough to play Superman," Law joked.

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"I can see a fair amount of your chest right now and I'm thinking you're looking pretty good," Colbert teased before Law tried to cover up his body and pretend to be embarrassed as the studio audience cheered him on.

The 43-year-old actor admitted that he just wasn't feeling it when he was offered the role. "So, I was approached and at the time, I don't know, I just didn't, it didn't float my boat. I just didn't really want to go there," he said.

When asked why not, he blamed it on his English upbringing. "I'm an Englishman! I felt like it just didn't seem to fit," Law explained. "I was always worried about the outfit. I just didn't fancy it."

Despite not wanting to wear the instantly recognizable costume, the Oscar-nominated actor nevertheless gave in and agreed to try it on at the request of the director. When the suit arrived at his hotel room it came with someone from the movie's team and a guard so nothing went awry.

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"I take the suit into the bathroom and I'm putting it on and then I look round and I'm in the mirror and then suddenly I'm Superman right?" Law explained about his cool moment in the suit. He even admitted that the theme song came into his head while he was rocking the outfit.

"Then I have this picture of me in that costume in posters all around the world and I was like, 'No way.' And I unzipped it," he recalled. "I was Superman for two minutes. That's enough."

Law might've been against stepping into the Superman suit, but he isn't afraid of fully committing to some other costumes. He completely changed his look for the upcoming Sky and the HBO series, The Young Pope, where he plays the pontiff -- getup and all.

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