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Michael Bay Explains Why He Was Nervous About Directing Sean Connery For The Rock

Michael Bay spoke to Collider.com and he discussed why the thought of directing Sean Connery for The Rock, a 1996 film, had him a bit worried. “Okay, let me explain the very first day working with Sean Connery. I’m still a kid. Sean’s done 75 movies. I’ve done, this was my second. We’re doing the interrogation scene, with his long gray hair and the beard. I was so scared to give him his first direction. So we do one take. All right, let’s do it again. Do a second take. I’m like, oh my God, I got to give him some direction right now. “Um, Sean, can you just say that less charming?
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Two Picasso Portraits, Including One Owned by Sean Connery, Head to Auction in Hong Kong

Click here to read the full article. Two portraits by Pablo Picasso are headed to auction in Hong Kong this spring as demand for the Spanish modernist continues to rise in the Asia Pacific region. On Thursday, competing auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s announced that they will offer paintings depicting two of the Picasso’s recurring subjects—a musketeer and his muse Dora Maar, respectively—during evening sales dedicated to modern art. The sales are scheduled to take place this April and May. The lot with the higher estimate, Buste d’homme dans un cadre (1969), is being sold from the estate of former James Bond...
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Not Even Sean Connery Was Confident He Would Make A Good James Bond

We may receive a commission on purchases made from links. With a variety of James Bond performances scattered across 60 years of the famed film franchise, there are plenty of options for fans to pick their favorite. The series has gone in many different directions as well, constructing movies around the personalities of the actors playing 007. As longtime producer Barbara Broccoli noted, James Bond movies haven't "been afraid to change with the times." There's the cornball genre-hopping of the Roger Moore years and the gritty realism of the most recent Daniel Craig movies. But all of the performances of Bond stand in the shadow of the character's first true cinematic portrayal. When Sean Connery came onto the screen as Bond in 1962's "Dr. No," he gave a strong impression of Ian Fleming's character, coloring him in the memories of audiences forever as the James Bond.
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Sean Connery once beat up a real mobster on a movie set

Before his time as James Bond, it turns out that Sean Connery was already fighting in tinsel town. According to Den of Geek, while filming the 1958 drama movie ‘Another Time, Another Place’, the legendary star ended up facing off against the well-known and real-life mob enforcer, Johnny Stompanato.
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The Lord of the Rings originally wanted Sean Connery to play Gandalf

Twenty years ago, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring debuted in theaters, setting off a love for big budget fantasy that’s still going strong today. The movies were certainly the most memorable experience I’d ever had in the theater at the time, and on their anniversary everyone is coming out to celebrate them. For instance, The Fellowship of the Rings was just added to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress, and to see the cast members rap with Killer Mike on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert?
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Sean Connery turned down the role of Gandalf in Lord of the Rings

Sir Ian McKellen has become synonymous with the iconic role of Gandalf the Grey, the powerful wizard in J.R.R Tolkien’s epic Lord of the Rings saga. But McKellen shockingly wasn’t the first choice for Gandalf. Instead of McKellen, Sean Connery almost played the famed character for Peter Jackson’s acclaimed cinematic adaptation of Tolkien’s story.
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Sean Connery turned down Gandalf in Lord of the Rings because he ‘just didn’t get it’

A producer of Lord of the Rings has said that Sean Connery turned down the role of Gandalf because he “just didn’t get it”.The role in Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning fantasy trilogy ultimately went to Ian McKellen.Speaking to The Independent for part of an extensive oral history ofThe Fellowship of the Ring, to mark the film’s 20th anniversary, McKellen and New Line Cinema executive Mark Ordesky reflected on his casting.“They only wanted me because the established stars said no,” claimed McKellen. “They wanted Tony Hopkins and Sean Connery.”“Ian’s being self-deprecating,” said Ordesky in response. “We desperately wanted him.”He explained: “We...
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