Friday, November 24, 2006
Sean Connery turned down Gandalf role and biggest acting paycheck in history
Sean Connery may have been smart enough to latch on to the James Bond character for Dr. No and a whole bunch of other 007 sequels, but The Scotsman newspaper is reporting tonight that Connery was offered the role of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Connery was offered a small up-front payment in exchange for 10-15 percent of the world-wide gross. If he had taken the role, Connery would've pocketed $150 to $225 million dollars.
As for the movies, it worked out for the best. Sir Ian McKellen, who of course became Gandalf the Grey, was brilliant as the great wizard.
Meanwhile, in other Lord of the Rings related news, the film version of The Hobbit seems to be a go, but LOTR director Peter Jackson won't be the director of the project.
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