Daniel Craig is a bigger, wimpier diva than Hugh Jackman

There’s some nasty/funny gossip coming out of Broadway as Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman finish their preparations for A Steady Rain. The hot-cop casting announcement was made back in May, and Daniel and Hugh have spent the last month rehearsing and researching their roles as angsty Chicago cops. According to Entertainment Weekly – which got the first promotional image of Hugh and Daniel in character – Hugh plays Denny, “a patrolman with a racist streak and violent temper.” Daniel plays Joey, “a recovering alcoholic and gentler soul who may not be as docile as he first seems.” The play opens on September 10, and people are already talking about the sketchy Village People-esque handlebar mustache Daniel is sporting. While I love Daniel… this is not his best look.

Meanwhile, Page Six is reporting that Daniel Craig is behaving a bit like a diva in the run-up to the play’s debut. Apparently, Daniel has “demanded” personal security while in New York, even though he “rarely” gets approached by anyone. They actually use the word “wimp”. Uh-oh.

HE showed off his muscles as he emerged from the water wearing a pair of tight-fitting trunks as James Bond in “Casino Royale.” But despite his macho image, Daniel Craig seems both shaken and stirred by New York as he prepares for his Broadway debut in “A Steady Rain.”

Craig, 41, has demanded personal security be available to shadow him at all times while his equally famous co-star, Hugh Jackman, hasn’t asked for any protection at all, sources told Page Six.

The Hollywood actors play Chicago cops whose friendship is put to the test in the much-anticipated drama, which starts previews next week and opens Sept. 29.

“Everybody thinks it’s funny because the truth is, Daniel rarely gets approached by the public in the street and at restaurants — especially now that he has the huge handlebar moustache for this role,” a production source said.

Another Broadway insider said, “Security and secrecy around the show are so tight that Jackman and Craig are rehearsing at a secret location outside the city.”

This isn’t the first time that Craig — who’s rented a lavish, $38,000-a-month apartment with top security as his safe haven in town — has been accused of being a wimp. In 2005, he made a splash in London when he was unveiled as the new James Bond on a Royal Marine commando boat — looking seasick and wearing a life jacket. Craig even admitted the ride had scared “the [bleep] out of me.”

His dad, Tim Wroughton-Craig, was forced to jump to his defense following claims the star was scared of guns. He said at the time, “It is all cobblers. Daniel is a hard lad — you wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark street. Is he a wimp? No, I wouldn’t like to call him that to his face. He can look after himself all right.”

Craig’s publicist couldn’t be reached.

[From Page Six]

I’ll buy that Daniel asked for private bodyguards and that he’s probably treating himself to a really fabulous New York apartment (wouldn’t you?). But I don’t think that makes him a wimp. I think that makes him smart. There are a lot of crazies out there, and I can’t even imagine the kind of people who might come up to Daniel Craig shouting “James Bond! Double-O! Hit me, hit me like you’re Bond!” And I thought it was cute that Daniel seemed seasick for his big James Bond announcement – it’s not something that can be helped, you know. It’s not like he barfed on anyone. He just looked a little green.

Hugh Jackman arrives home in New York with his wife Deborra and daughter Eva

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  1. bros says:

    well, if you were a wee little hobbit garden gnome, you’d ask for protection too.

  2. LolaBella says:

    Kaiser, first off let me just say, thank you for this post with two of my favorite guys together! Uh, yes…what was I going to say…I’m sorry, I need to um…step out of the room to…wash my hair…?

  3. M says:

    Daniel is one of those “notoriously private” celebs who go out of their way to avoid the press and paps. Hugh is exactly the opposite. He loves his fans, he’s very press and pap friendly but he isn’t an attention-mongering whore — and I love both of the equally for how they have chosen to deal with fame.

    I think Page Six should give Daniel a break; I don’t think what he’s asking for is too much given his personality.

  4. Ally says:

    You’d be green too if you had to smell the Thames river that up close! The river itself is green.

  5. Catherine says:

    Hugh is quite gorgeous.

  6. Anjami says:

    Its funny, that everybody believes everything they read – even though we know by know, that even IF it has a grain of truth in it, its blown out of proportion to get reactions or to make someone look bad. Nothing wrong on DC´s part in my book.

  7. Beth says:

    Looks like they try to paint a black and white picture here, because Hugh is giving the press everything they want and DC doesn´t and never did. Well – let me tell you this, I have met DC on set and if there ever was a decent, down to earth guy, its him and that was just last year. So – forget the diva crap – he certainly is not.

  8. T says:

    Hugh is feeding his children to the press for PR – not good.

  9. Toe says:

    Beth, you lucky girl. D. Craig is the sexiest and manliest in all the Bonds. Sorry Connery, Brosnan…you’re just not man enough. I would like Craig to shake & stir me…..where is my shower head?!

  10. Mistral says:

    Craig has had an bad experience of stalking with a psychopathic fan: he has learned “the lesson”
    Hugh Jackman could strangle someone with a hand. Considering his muscles and the notable tallnes, bodyguards don’t serve him…

  11. mick says:

    Oh, who cares – they’re both ugly fairies. (and, yes, I’m one too).

  12. petersburgva says:

    they are both gay ,and I think Daniel looks HOTTER then ever with that stach.he’s the better actor too. I don’t get the appeal of Jackman.

  13. anonymous says:

    I actually ran into Daniel Craig in Los Angeles at a movie studio and was amazed by how nice and gracious he was. A young boy actually followed him into a building and asked for his autograph and he happily gave it to him. He was very low key and was completely alone – no bodyguards or anything. He struck me as very, very kind and very polite.

  14. Ventura says:

    @petersburgva:Hey “genius”, have you gone with both in bed or do you found your ridiculos affirmations on the tabloids that you read from the hairdresser?

    Some people affirm to have been abducted from aliens and they tell frightening histories to the newspapers, the problem is that there are idiotic that believe it’s true…

  15. LolaBella says:

    Daniel’s gay??? Say it ain’t so! Although this just changed my whole perspective on our threesome. Hmm.

    @ Mick, you’re an ugly fairy?? LOL, I keed, I keed and for the record I think they are both very handsome men each in their own way.

  16. maddie says:

    I was thinking the same as Mistral that something most have happened for him to have body guards 24/7.

    I will never forget when that actress Theresa Saldana was stalked ans stabbed by her fan.

    Too many crazies coming out of the woodwork lately.

  17. Emily says:

    I think they’re both pretty hot, but Hugh is one man I’d consider turning straight for. Yummy.

  18. frewt says:

    I don’t care, I still want to be the meat in a Hugh and Daniel sammy…….

  19. Trashaddict says:

    Sorry, but the casting is all wrong: these guys do NOT look like Chicago cops.

  20. quest says:

    any truth to the rumor that daniel has split from GF